Left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman was on Tuesday included in Bangladesh’s ODI squad for the three-match ODI series against the West Indies despite being only half-fit.
Mustafizur has not played any competitive cricket since he hurt his left big toe in May while playing in the IPL for Mumbai Indians.
The 22-year-old missed the three-match T20 series against Afghanistan in June and will be unavailable for the two-Test series against the West Indies which begins in Antigua on Wednesday.
“He has yet to regain his full fitness. Yet, we included him in the ODI squad because we have some time in our hands,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin was quoted as saying by AFP.
“We will see him how he goes in a four-day match against Sri Lanka A next week. If he can prove his match fitness, only then he will travel with the squad,” he said.
Bangladesh have included uncapped pacer Abu Jayed as back-up for Mustafizur, raising the number of players in the squad to 16.
Bangladesh women’s cricket team have been rewarded with a cash reward following their T20 Asia Cup win over India on Sunday.
The Tigers arrived back home on Monday night following their six-wicket triumph against six-time champions India, which sealed their maiden title.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board revealed that there will be a 20 million taka ($236,000) cash reward and promised to review salaries.
“Each player will get one million taka ($14,800) as a cash reward,” BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP on Tuesday.
“About $75,000 will be shared by the coaching and management staff. The BCB will review the salary and match fees of contracted women players this week.”
Prior to the tournament, Bangladesh earned a maximum 30,000 taka ($445) each month plus $100 as match fee for an international.
Sabbir was not picked for the final game in the recently concluded T20I series against Afghanistan at Dehradun. Afghanistan went on to whitewash Bangladesh 3-0.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official has confirmed that the 26-year-old was dropped because of disciplinary reasons.
The report states that Sabbir got into a verbal argument with all-rounder Mehidy Hasan during the second T20I which soon ensued into a physical altercation.
This is not the first time that Sabbir has run into disciplinary issues. Last year, in December, the Bangladesh man was stripped of his national contract and handed a six-month suspension from domestic cricket after he assaulted a fan during a first-class match at Rajshahi.
In 2016, Sabbir was fined 30 per cent of his Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) contract money for entertaining a female guest in the team hotel.
In the most recent edition of the BPL, the cricketer was once again in the headlines for the wrong reasons for misbehaving with the umpire during his side Sylhet Sixers’ match against Comilla Victorians.
Sabbir’s latest misdemeanor has been swept under the carpet according to the BCB official and he will not be facing any further action.
“It was not that big an issue, just a misunderstanding. The incident is not even mentioned in manager’s report,” the official was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on the condition of anonymity.