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26 Cricketers in Bangladesh Camp

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26 Cricketers in Bangladesh Camp

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Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) cricket operations chairman, Jalal Younus, provided clarification regarding the absence of veteran all-rounder Mahmudullah from the training camp for the upcoming home series against Afghanistan. Jalal revealed that Mahmudullah had taken leave as he would soon be embarking on a journey to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, a significant religious pilgrimage for Muslims.

The speculation surrounding Mahmudullah’s absence was put to rest by Jalal, who confirmed that the cricketer had applied for leave and expressed his availability for the national team upon his return. The BCB director further mentioned that Mahmudullah would not be available for the first one-day international against Afghanistan on July 5, as he would still be in Hajj.

Addressing the situation, an anonymous source close to the national selection panel highlighted that the decision to perform Hajj had been made by Mahmudullah several months ago. However, the source acknowledged that the selection panel should have communicated this information when announcing the squad for the series. By stating Mahmudullah’s leave in advance, any confusion or doubt regarding his absence from the training camp could have been avoided.

The source emphasized that Mahmudullah’s absence was not a sudden or secretive decision. The cricketer had not been part of the national team recently, which led to questions arising when he was not present at the camp on Monday. Nevertheless, the source assured that there was no intention to play “hide and seek” with Mahmudullah’s absence, and it was simply a matter of oversight in communication.


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The upcoming series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan comprises various formats, including a single Test match, three ODIs, and two Twenty20 Internationals. The Afghan team is set to arrive in Dhaka on June 10, and the Test match will take place in Mirpur from June 14 to June 18. Subsequently, there will be a break for Eid-ul-Azha, during which Afghanistan will travel to India for a three-match ODI series against the hosts.

On July 1, Afghanistan will return to Bangladesh to complete the series, which will feature three ODIs held in Chittagong on July 5, 8, and 11, respectively. Following these ODIs, both Bangladesh and Afghanistan will head to Sylhet to compete in two Twenty20 Internationals on July 14 and 16.

The absence of Mahmudullah, a seasoned all-rounder, from the training camp may present an opportunity for other players to showcase their skills and stake a claim for a spot in the national team. It is crucial for the coaching staff and the selection panel to utilize this period effectively in order to identify and nurture potential talent.

Moreover, the absence of Mahmudullah emphasizes the need for open and transparent communication between the players, the cricket board, and the fans. Ensuring that information regarding players’ availability and plans is communicated clearly can prevent unnecessary speculation and confusion, ultimately fostering a healthier cricketing environment.

Mahmudullah’s absence from the training camp is due to his scheduled journey to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. While his absence may have initially raised eyebrows, it has now been clarified that he had applied for leave and will be available for the national team upon his return. The upcoming series against Afghanistan presents an opportunity for other players to step up and fill the void left by Mahmudullah’s absence, contributing to the development and growth of Bangladesh cricket.


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