All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returns to the ODI fold as the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a 16-member squad for the upcoming three-match 50-over series against India, scheduled at home from December 4. Shakib didn’t travel to Zimbabwe, where Bangladesh played their last ODI series in August, due to a personal reasons.
Bangladesh squad: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Litton Das, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Ebadot Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Nurul Hasan Sohan.
Batter Yasir Ali made a return to the 50-over set-up for the series while pacer Ebadot Hossain managed to retain his place after impressing the selectors in the lone ODI that he played against Zimbabwe. Ebadot was not picked initially for the ODI series against Zimbabwe, but was brought in as a late inclusion. He repaid the team management’s faith by picking two wickets in his debut game. Mohammad Naim, who also made a late entry alongside Ebadot, didn’t enjoy similar fate as he hasn’t been considered for the India series.
All-rounder Mosaddek Hossain along with pace bowler Shoriful Islam and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam failed to retain their places in the squad.
“We included Mosaddek in the tour of Zimbabwe for the ODIs as we did not have Shakib. As he returned in the 50-over fold, we opted to drop him,” BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz on Thursday.
“As far as Ebadat is concerned, we want to see him how he fares in ODIs as he is bowling quite well for the last couple of months,” he said, adding that they have included Shoriful in the Bangladesh ‘A’ team for the two-match four-day series against their Indian counterparts, who will arrive in Dhaka on Friday (November 25).
The first two games of the series will take place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on December 4 and 7 respectively while the third one is scheduled at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on December 10. The BCB is yet to announce their ‘A’ team squad for India A series, scheduled from November 29.