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Tigers reach Delhi

  • Published at 01:43 am October 31st, 2019
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Shafiul Islam and Soumya Sarkar react after arriving in Delhi Wednesday

The Shakib al Hasan issue must have taken a heavy toll on the cricketers and it was evident on their faces when they arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka

After a lot of drama and controversies in the last couple of days, Bangladesh cricket team reached Delhi Wednesday evening, ahead of their much-anticipated series against India, comprising two Test matches and three T20Is.

The drama started unfolding last week through the players’ strike, following which the Bangladesh Cricket Board accepted the majority of the cricketers’ 13-point demands.

However, this was not all as Bangladesh cricket was rocked Tuesday after it was revealed that Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan failed to report multiple corrupt approaches by a listed bookie. 

The ace all-rounder was later slammed with a two-year ban by the ICC, with one year of that suspended.

The Shakib issue must have taken a heavy toll on the cricketers and it was evident on their faces when they arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

Alongside Shakib, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Saifuddin is also missing from the touring party due to personal reason and injury respectively.

Owing to the last minute change, the BCB national selection panel had to announce the squad a second time as they had to name the replacements.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam came in place of Shakib, batsman Mohammad Mithun replaced Tamim while Saifuddin made way for left-arm seamer Abu Haider Rony.

In Shakib’s absence, all-rounder Mahmudullah will lead the T20I side while top-order batsman Mominul Haque will captain the Test team.

This will be the first time the Tigers will take on the Indians at their backyard in a full-fledged series ever since getting the Test status back in 2000.

The three T20Is will be held on November 3, 7 and 10 in Delhi, Rajkot and Nagpur respectively.

The two Test matches will take place from November 14-18 and November 22-26 in Indore and Kolkata accordingly.

Bangladesh T20I squad

Mahmudullah (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Naeem Sheikh, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Arafat Sunny, Abu Haider, Al Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam and Shafiul Islam