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Skipper Afif to miss third game against Windies 'A'

Published : 27 May 2023 07:48 PM

Bangladesh 'A' team skipper Afif Hossain will skip the third four-day game against West Indies 'A' due to exhaustion.

The last game of the three-match series is scheduled at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium from May 30.

A member of the team management confirmed the development to Cricbuzz on Friday adding that he was not dropped.

"Afif is not dropped. He (Afif) wanted rest as he felt exhausted," the official said

The inclusion of Afif as the A team skipper for the home series against their West Indies came as a huge surprise considering he was known to be a white-ball cricketer despite five centuries in first-class cricket.

The left-handed batsman has so far played 28 first-class matches making 1361 with a highest of 142 at an average 31.65 that includes five hundreds and three fifties.

Afif informed the media ahead of the series against West Indies 'A' that he enjoys red-ball cricket and that he was looking forward to the challenge.

Bangladesh A team coach Jamie Siddons insisted that he is eyeing to make him an all-format batter though the southpaw seemed tired from playing two red-ball games on the trot considering it is something national cricketers, specially white-ball cricketers, are seen not doing very often in this country.

Afif scored 45 and 9 runs in the first game while he managed to put 37 and 4 runs in the second game of the series that the tourists are leading by a 1-0 margin.

Meanwhile, the hosst decided to make a lot of changes for the third four-day game with Mominul Haque, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam and Mirittunjoy Chowdhury coming in to get some much-needed red-ball cricket exposure ahead of Bangladesh's lone Test against Afghanistan next month.

Bangladesh A team squad

akir Hasan, Saif Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mominul Haque, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Naim Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mrittonjoy Chowdhury, Tanjim Hasan Sakib, Mushfiq Hasan and Irfan Shukkur.