Bangladesh lose key players to Covid protocol for Australia cricket series
Mushfiqur and Liton left a recent tour of Zimbabwe early because of family emergencies and must isolate before rejoining the squad, said Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury.
"Liton left the bio-secure zone in Zimbabwe on Monday. If he had returned with the team, he would have been available for selection. Since he left the team early and mixed with the community, he cannot be considered for the series," Chowdhury said.
"The same applies for Mushfiqur. We spoke to the Australian team to reduce the period to eight days to include Mushfiqur. But their medical team did not agree," he added.
Both teams and match officials are staying in the same hotel, which was sealed off from July 20, ahead of the games at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla national stadium on August 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9.
"The series is firmly on track. There is no question of deferring it now," Chowdhury said.