Mashrafe to return home for personal reason

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza is set to return home from the conditional camp in Sussex, England. It is understood that the experienced pacer will reach Dhaka on Sunday night in order to be beside his wife, who is severely ill.

The family crisis saw the charismatic skipper take a short leave from the camp.

“She got ill all of a sudden and it must be severe as she got admitted to hospital. My family however, was telling me not to come back and wait for a day or two. But I didn’t give it any second thoughts, given it is only a conditional camp. The scenario could have been different if the team were playing matches. I thought it important to be with her right now,” Mashrafe told a Dhaka-based news portal on Sunday.

The Tigers squad left for England on Wednesday for a 10-day long camp in Sussex. They will travel to Ireland for the tri-nation series also involving New Zealand. The tri-series is set to begin on May 12.

Following the tri-series, the Tigers will return to England for the 2017 Champions Trophy, which gets underway on June 1. Bangladesh will play two warm-up matches ahead of the eighth edition of the Champions Trophy, against India and Pakistan.