Mashrafe Mortaza refuses to take part in domestic competition
Former Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has pulled out of the upcoming domestic three-team one-day competition citing fitness issues.
The tournament was expected to begin on October 11 with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) interested in utilising the services of Mortaza, but the veteran all-rounder has opted against playing.
Mortaza stepped down from the leadership post in Bangladesh's ODI unit in February, signing off his captaincy stint with a 3-0 win over Zimbabwe at home.
The 37-year-old has not returned to the competitive arena since the coronavirus outbreak with his last List A appearance coming on March 16 in the Dhaka Premier League.
While Mortaza has ceased to operate as Bangladesh's ODI captain, he continues to be available for selection, though his name was not part of the central contract list released by the BCB earlier this year.
The BCB has not yet publicly unveiled the details of the new three-team tournament, which replaces the three-day practice game that was supposed to be among the preparations for the now-postponed tour of Sri Lanka.
The players have already been involved in an inter-squad two-day practice match at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium between Ryan Cook XI and Ottis Gibson XI.
The one-day competition will feature the Bangladesh national cricket team, Bangladesh A team and the High Performance team.
Mortaza had earlier tested positive for coronavirus and took more than two weeks to recover as he was exhibiting symptoms. Besides his cricket career, Mortaza is also an active politician, representing the Narail-2 constituency in the national parliament.