Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper batter Mushfiqur Rahim will skip the team’s Super 4 match against India in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 to spend time with his wife and newborn daughter, the cricket board said on Wednesday.
Bangladesh is already out of the race for the Asia Cup 2023 final on September 17 after India defeated Sri Lanka by 41 runs in Colombo on Tuesday, in the tournament that is a prelude to the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023 in India.
Mushfiqur had returned to Bangladesh for the birth of his second child, born on Monday.
He was initially expected to rejoin the team for the Super 4 match against India in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. He will now remain in Dhaka, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said.
“Mushfiqur has informed us that his wife is still recovering, and he needs to be by her side and with their children,” BCB operations chief Mohammed Jalal Yunus.
“We fully understand his situation, and have decided to permit him to skip the game.”
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who also returned home with Mushfiqur after their defeat against Sri Lanka on September 9, rejoined the team in Colombo on Wednesday.
Musfiqur Rahim has scored 131 runs at an average of 32.75 in the tournament including a 64 against Pakistan.
They will wrap up their Asia Cup 2023 campaign with the India game, before preparing for a three-match series against New Zealand at home next week.