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Bangladesh announces Test, ODI, T20I squad for Zimbabwe tour

  • Published at 04:32 pm June 23rd, 2021
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Shakib has made a return to all three formats

Bangladesh Wednesday announced the Test, ODI and T20I squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.

Ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan has made a return to all three formats.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan has also been included in the squads for all three formats.

Opening batsman Soumya Sarkar was dropped from the ODI squad, and selected for the T20I squad only.

Middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun has been considered for the shorter formats as he was axed from the Test team.

Bangladesh played their last T20I series away to New Zealand a few months ago.

From that squad, batsmen Mosaddek Hossain and Mithun, pacers Al Amin Hossain, Hasan Mahmud and Rubel Hossain and all-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz have been dropped.

There is no new face in the T20I squad as the uncapped Shamim Hossain has been selected for his impressive form in the domestic circuit.

Shamim, a middle-order batsman, has scored 181 runs in 10 innings with a strike rate of 150.

“Shamim was included in our High Performance team after completing his U-19 stints. Ireland A team came at that time to play in our country and since then Shamim has been under observation. He played quite well against Ireland A team back then. Besides that, he has been playing very well in the shorter formats recently. We hope the team will be benefited from the skills Shamim shows in T20 cricket,” said chief selector Minhajul Abedin to the media.

Nurul, who has been selected for all formats, has performed consistently in the ongoing Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League Twenty20 as the right-handed batsman scored 346 runs in 13 innings with an average of 38.44 and strike rate of 151.75.

“Nurul's performance in recent times is excellent. We had included him in the squad during the Sri Lanka tour. During that tour the team management was happy with him after observing his skill and practice sessions. As  selectors, we were also pleased about him. And recently, in the ongoing Premier League, he is in superb form. Considering these facts we have decided to include him in all formats."  

The month-long series involves a three-match ODI series, which is part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

Bangladesh will begin the tour with a two-day practice match on July 3-4, followed by the lone Test match starting on July 7.

Ahead of the ODI series, the tourists will play a 50-over warm-up game on July 14.

The three ODIs has been pencilled in for July 16, 18 and 20 respectively, followed by the three-match T20I series, scheduled for July 23, 25 and 27 July.

Test squad

Mominul Haque (C), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain, Shariful Islam

ODI squad

Tamim Iqbal (C), Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Shariful Islam

T20I squad

Mahmudullah (C), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Liton Das, Shakib al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shariful Islam

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