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Tamim to lead Tigers in Sri Lanka tour

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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has been ruled out of Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka after hurting his hamstring on Friday, the third and last day of training before the team departs for Colombo. Tamim Iqbal will lead the side in his absence.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has been ruled out of Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka after hurting his hamstring on Friday, the third and last day of training before the team departs for Colombo. Tamim Iqbal will lead the side in his absence.

Allrounder Mohammad Saifuddin has also been ruled out due to a recurring back injury. Taskin Ahmed replaced him while Farhad Reza replaced Mashrafe.

"Mashrafe is unfortunately out of the tour after he hurt his hamstring again during training today," Minhajul said. "Saifuddin's back injury has come back so he is also out. We are looking at Farhad, Taskin and [Jayed] Rahi to replace these two players."

The injuries mean Bangladesh will be without four of their starting players from the squad that played the World Cup, with Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das also out of the tour for personal reasons. With Shakib, the regular vice-captain, also out, the BCB has turned to Tamim to lead the side.

Mashrafe's injury is a grade 1 strain in the left hamstring, BCB's senior physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury confirmed. "It is a recurrent injury that could take around three to four weeks to recover from. Therefore, he is ruled out from participation in sporting activity for a month."

Bangladesh play their first ODI in Colombo on July 26.