Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman: Bangladesh have made a couple of changes to their Playing XI for their fourth Super 12 match.
During the 30th match of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2021 between South Africa and Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi, South Africa captain Temba Bavuma has won the toss and chose to field.
“We are gonna have a bowl first. There is a bit of grass. Looks a bit different. Good for our confidence. It is good that batting got us home. Looking at the wicket. We hope that it assists our bowlers,” Bavuma said at the toss.
Very much in contention of qualifying for the semi-finals, Bavuma confirmed that they will be taking the field with the same Playing XI ruling out a couple of injury concerns.
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“Same team. Shams [Tabraiz Shamsi] is good and so is David [Miller]. We would want to improve our fielding,” Bavuma added.
Why are Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman not playing vs South Africa?
Much like Bavuma, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah also wanted to field first. All but out of contention for Round 2, Bangladesh have made a couple of changes to their Playing XI. While all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the tournament, fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been rested.
“We would have bowled first. Mustafizur [Rahman] is missing. He is resting. Shakib [Al Hasan] has been our go to guy. It is a huge loss. It presents other guys a wonderful opportunity. The three games we have played, we were close to winning in two of those games. We would like to play some good cricket,” Mahmudullah said at the toss.
While Shamim Hossain has replaced Shakib in the Bangladeshi Playing XI, Nasum Ahmed has been included for Rahman. It goes without saying that Bangladesh resting Rahman has come as a bit of a surprise.