After the World Cup, Bangladesh are due to tour Sri Lanka, a tour that was brought forward from later in the year, after the two-Test trip to India in October. Steve Rhodes, Bangladesh coach, could not say whether Mashrafe Mortaza will travel to Sri Lanka, but did say that if he was not on the flight, Bangladesh cricket must move on.

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His point is that like countless cricketing icons, Mortaza too will leave the sport at some point and that the game will move on, as it must.

“He’s our leader. If he’s on that plane to Sri Lanka, fine. If he’s decided else different, then fine, we move on. That actually is life. If he’s with us, great, let’s take that into consideration and win the games in Sri Lanka. If he’s not with us, let’s move on,” said Rhodes.