Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman, has formally withdrawn himself from the upcoming tour of Pakistan.
"We have received a letter from Mushfiqur today. He is unavailable for the whole tour of Pakistan due to personal reasons," Akram Khan, the BCB cricket operations chairman, told Cricbuzz on Friday (January 17).
Rahim, who mentioned his stance verbally earlier, has made his stance clear by putting it in writing. Bangladesh are set to play three T20Is, two Tests and an ODI in Pakistan between January and April.
Protem fast bowling coach for the tour
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo will have Champaka Ramanayake, the High Performance coach of BCB, as the stop-gap fast bowling coach on the tour. The post has been vacant since the departure of Charl Langeveldt, who was released as per the request of Cricket South Africa.
BCB had already held talks with former South African head coach Ottis Gibson as well as Nantie Hayward for the role of pace bowling coach.
So who's traveling to Pakistan, and who's not?
Champaka, Bangladesh's protem fast bowling coach, did not have any reservations traveling to Pakistan, unlike some of the other foreign coaching staff.
It is understood that Sohel Islam will be on the tour to help the spinners as the regular spin bowling consultant, Daniel Vettori, and fielding coach Ryan Cook aren't keen to travel to Pakistan.
Sri Lanka-trained Mario Villavarayan is unavailable due to his finger injury and will be replaced by local Tushar Kanti Howlader.
Bangladesh's South African physio, Julian Calefato, has agreed to travel to Pakistan. BCB is expected to name a computer analyst soon as India's Shrinivaas Chandrasekaran will not be available as well. _Cricbuzz