Much-changed Bangladesh eye T20 series success


Bangladesh will aim to secure a Twenty20 series victory over Zimbabwe on Wednesday but will have to do so with a much-changed side because of injuries.

The hosts hold a 2-0 lead in the four-match series - the entirety of which is being played at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna - following a four-wicket win in the opening match and a 42-run success in the second game.

But they go into the third game without a number of experienced players.

Batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has been ruled out of the remainder of the series after retiring hurt in the second contest because of a hamstring injury, while left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been rested.

Mustafizur experienced discomfort in his left shoulder before he was set to bowl the final over in Sunday's second successive win.

Shuvagata Hom and Al-Amin Hossain have also been rested, with uncapped trio Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Shahid and Muktar Ali drafted into the squad along with Taskin Ahmed, who has not played international cricket since June of last year.

Bangladesh's raft of changes is unsurprising with the ICC World Twenty20 just around the corner - both they and Zimbabwe enter the competition in the first round.

Zimbabwe continue to struggle in their preparations for the World T20 and are facing a second straight series loss having been beaten 2-0 by Afghanistan earlier this month in the United Arab Emirates.

Designated captain Elton Chigumbura, Luke Jongwe and Sikandar Raza were all left out of the second game but, with the series on the line and Zimbabwe having struggled with the bat in that encounter, all three could return as the tourists bid to keep hopes of sharing the spoils alive.