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Tamim Iqbal named interim captain for Sri Lanka tour

Tamim Iqbal will lead Bangladesh for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka after skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was ruled out of the tour due to a hamstring injury.

Mashrafe's participation in the three one-day internationals was put into doubt when he sustained the injury during a training session just after addressing a press conference in Mirpur.

“Mortaza (Mashrafe) injured his left hamstring during training today. He received immediate MSK ultrasound examination which has revealed a grade 1 injury,” Bangladesh Cricket Board senior physician Debashis Chowdhury confirmed.

“It is a recurrent injury that could take around three to four weeks to recover from. Therefore, he is ruled out from participation in sporting activity for a month,” he stated.

With Shakib Al Hasan being rested for the series, the BCB turned to veteran cricketer Tamim, who will be making his captaincy debut during the series.

All-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin's back injury has also resurfaced rendering him unavailable for the tour.

Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed and all-rounder Farhad Reza have been drafted into the squad as replacements for Mashrafe and Saifuddin.

The series will kickstart on July 26 and finish five days later with all the games scheduled to be conducted in R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Mashrafe compares his situation to Dhoni

In the press conference ahead of the practice session, Mashrafe shied away from commenting upon his retirement plans and instead likened his situation to India's former skipper M.S. Dhoni.

Mashrafe and Dhoni both struggled for form in the recently concluded World Cup and were expected to call curtains on their respective international careers by the end of the tournament campaign.

Dhoni, whose team was knocked out in the semi-final against New Zealand, is yet to make a final decision on his career while Mashrafe is keen on staying as the team captain.

“To be honest, I don’t feel embarrassed or disappointed with it (retirement talks). It’s normal everyone will consider my performance from their point of view,” said Mashrafe.

“As a player I am not close to M.S. Dhoni as he scored over 10,000 runs in ODIs. But at least in every press conference he has been asked the same question (retirement). I think we should see it normally,”

“Being a player I could not deliver my best in World Cup, both as a captain and a player and the team also failed to go to the semi-final.

“So it’s normal the question will be raised. I also see it this way. There’s is nothing else to consider,” he said.

Mashrafe's side faced a disappointing eighth-place finish in the World Cup in England and Wales despite beginning their tournament on a promising note with a close win over South Africa.

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