Bangladesh brings up sweeping changes in T20 squad

Bangladesh announced a 15-member squad for the third and fourth matches of the ongoing Tri-nation T20I tri-series at home, bringing up a wholesale changes as they included five players and axed four players from the squad that was announced for the first two matches.

Experienced campaigners like Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam were brought back along with Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Aminul Islam Biplob and Naim Sheikh, who are yet to make their debut in T20 format.

Shanto however played two Test matches and three ODIs since making his International debut in 2017.

Axe was fallen on Soumya Sarkar, Mahedi Hasan, Abu Haider Rony and Yeasin Arafat Mishu.

Soumya Sarkar paid the price of his poor form even though he was a regular with the team across formats. He returned of 4 and 0 in the two tri-series games that led to his axing, said chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu.

“He has been in poor form for quite some time. So he was axed,” he said here on Monday.

Abu Haider Rony was called up for the second math of the tournament but didn’t get chance to play. Mahedi Hasan and Yeasin Arafat also didn’t play the first two matches despite being in the squad. Fast bowler Mishu however suffered from a side strain which prompted selectors not to consider him.

Bangladesh won the first match against Zimbabwe by three wickets before losing their second match to Afghanistan by 25 runs, a defeat that created a huge uproar and is believed to force a sweeping changes to the squad.

“We wanted to give some news players a chance to see their mettle. T20 is the format where we can make experiment since we have T20 World Cup coming up,” Nannu said.

Action shifted to Chattogram for the second set of round-robin matches as Bangladesh will play two matches against Zimbabwe and Afghanistan there.

Apart from Rubel and Shafiul, the likes of Najmul Hossain Shanto, the left-handed top-order batsman, teenaged legspinning-allrounder Aminul Islam Biplob, and young opening batsman Mohammad Naim Sheikh is completely new to the T20 format. The trio was called up from the Bangladesh HP squad.

With Bangladesh looking for a wrist spinner to complement their many finger spinners, Biplob might get a chance in the two remaining group-stage matches to show his capabilities.

“Biplob could bring up diversity in our bowling with his leg-spin. We are in fact searching for a quality leg-spinner with T20 World Cup in mind,” Nannu said.

The 20-year-old Naim made a name for himself in last season’s Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, scoring 807 runs in 16 games for Legends of Rupganj to finish second on the run-scorers’ list.

However Shafiul Islam who played last T20 in 2017 and Rubel Hossain, who hasn’t played a T20I since August last year and were brought back to add some experience to the pace attack.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper), Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Naim Shaikh, Aminul Islam Biplob, Najmul Hossain Shanto.

Mridha Shihab Mahmud

Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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