Bangladesh lose Mortaza

  • Last Updated: December 9 2012, 13:27 GMT

Bangladesh will be without fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza for Monday's one-off Twenty20 International against the West Indies in Dhaka.

Mashrafe Mortaza: Faces three weeks out with a thigh strain

Mortaza missed the fifth and final ODI against the same opposition due to a thigh strain, and will be sidelined for three weeks.

"Mashrafe's situation is very risky and we will lose him for a long time if we ask him to play again in this series. We want to give him a break, but I am sure he will recover within the next three weeks. He will get better," said captain Mushfiqur Rahim.

Meanwhile, spinner Sohag Gazi and batsmen Anamul Haque and Mominul Haque have been included in the squad for the sole T20I. The trio debuted in the preceding Test and ODI series.

The 13-man party, however, does not feature batsmen Mohammad Ashraful and Junaid Siddique and all-rounder Farhad Reza, who were all part of the squad for the World Twenty20 earlier this year.

Former captain Shakib Al Hasan and seamer Abul Hasan were not considered for selection due to respective shin and side strains.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Abdur Razzak, Mominul Hoque, Jahurul Islam, Nasir Hossain, Elias Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Ziaur Rahman, Shafiul Islam.

Darren Sammy has called on the West Indies to finish a good year on a high by beating the Tigers.

While it is some years since the Windies were a feared force in world cricket, there have been signs of a resurgence this year - particularly in the shortest format as they danced their way to World Twenty20 success.

They were edged out 3-2 by the Tigers in a hard-fought one-day international series but after winning the two Tests beforehand, Sammy is still proud of his side's efforts in the past 12 months.

"This has been a good year for us," he said. "We won four Tests in a row and the T20 World Cup.

"Monday will be our last international this year and we will look to finish on a high.

"We would have loved to win this (ODI) series but we didn't. When we look back at this year, I wouldn't say it is a step backward.

"We haven't played our best cricket in this series but we still were in with a chance to win the series.

"I would never blame anyone. We have to pull together as a team. It is not every day that the same people will perform.

"We are T20 champions and we have to play like that on Monday."


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