No Mashrafe Mortaza for Bangladesh in 1st ODI against Ireland; Shakib Al Hasan to lead

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No Mashrafe Mortaza for Bangladesh in 1st ODI against Ireland; Shakib Al Hasan to lead
No Mashrafe Mortaza for Bangladesh in 1st ODI against Ireland; Shakib Al Hasan to lead

No Mashrafe Mortaza for Bangladesh in 1st ODI against Ireland; Shakib Al Hasan to lead

Shakib last led Bangladesh in an ODI against Pakistan in 2015 © AFP
Shakib last led Bangladesh in an ODI against Pakistan in 2015 © AFP

In the first match of Ireland Tri-Nation One-Day International (ODI) series between hosts Ireland and Bangladesh at Malahide, Dublin, visiting team’s regular skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will not feature. In his place, veteran Bangladeshi player Shakib Al Hasan will lead the side. Shakib-captained Bangladesh have lost the toss and are asked to bat by his Irish counterpart William Porterfield. Shakib last lead the Bangladesh side in an ODI match against Pakistan in 2015. Reason behind Mortaza’s absence is the one-match ban he is serving because of slow-over rate in his last ODI appearance, which was played against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo last month. New Zealand is the third team participating in this series. Live Cricket Score, BAN vs IRE, 1st ODI

Mortaza was suspended and fined 40 percent of his match fee for maintaining slow over-rate during the third ODI of the series, which Sri Lanka won by 70 runs. Mortaza’s teammates were fined 20 percent of their match fees, ICC had said in a release. Bangladesh ere ruled to be two-overs short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 and Appendix 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which deals with minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

As Mortaza had previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the first ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch on December 26, 2016, this offence constituted his second minor over-rate offence within a 12-month period which has led to a suspension. Andy Pycroft of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension while the charge was laid by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, third umpire S Ravi and fourth official Ranmore Martinesz.

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