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Shanto to lead U23s in SAG

  • Published at 12:05 am November 30th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Nazmul Hossain Shanto plays a shot Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Bangladesh women’s cricket team have already reached Kathmandu, while the men’s side will reach the Nepali capital Sunday

Left-handed batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto was named captain as the Bangladesh Cricket Board Friday announced a star-studded 15-member U-23 national squad for the 13th edition of the South Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The squad features four players – Shanto, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim and Afif Hossain - who have made their debuts in international cricket.

Like football, cricket also allows only three players aged over 23 and Soumya, left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam and right-handed batsman Yasir Ali have been selected in this regard. 

Young batsman Saif Hasan, who was all set for his Test debut against India recently only to be ruled out later due to injury, was also included in the squad.

Men’s cricket has been included in the SAG after 10 years while women’s cricket has been added to the roster for the first time in history.

Bangladesh women’s cricket team have already reached Kathmandu, while the men’s side will reach the Nepali capital Sunday.

Both the men’s and women’s events will be held in accordance with the T20 format.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be deploying their U-23 sides while Bhutan, Maldives and host Nepal will be playing their national teams.

Eternal rivals India and Pakistan will not participate in the cricket competition of this edition.

All the five men’s teams will take on each other once in the round robin league.

The junior Tigers will lock horns with Maldives Wednesday before facing Bhutan two days later.

Bangladesh will then face off against Nepal and Sri Lanka on December 7 and 8 respectively.

The top two teams will qualify for the final, slated for December 9, while the bronze-medal match will be held on the same day.

Squad

Nazmul Hossain Shanto (C), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Saif Hasan, Zakir Hasan, Yasir Ali, Tanvir Islam, Manik Khan, Mahedi Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Sumon Khan and Mahidul Islam Ankon