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Ariful in, Sabbir out as Bangladesh announce squad for Asia Cup

  • Published at 06:14 pm August 30th, 2018
Bangalesh Team

 Wicket-keeper batsman Anamul Haque and Sabbir Rahman lost their place in the squad due to a string of poor recent performances

Top-order batsman Anamul Haque and middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman have been kept out as the BCB announced a 15-member squad for the Asia Cup 2018, on Thursday. The squad also named ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as the vice-captain and brushed aside speculation over his availability for the six-nation Asia Cup.

Shakib showed concern over his injured little-finger on his left-hand after returning from the West Indies, earlier this month. The left-arm all-rounder had cited the need for a surgery until the BCB president Nazmul Hasan expressed Shakib should be part of the Asia Cup team and go for a surgery later, if it is manageable.

“I spoke with him (Shakib) over phone. He is in Saudi Arabia now. He said he will have the surgery following the Asia Cup. I had told him, if possible, to manage and play the Asia Cup and he can have the surgery during the Zimbabwe series (in October). Asia Cup is challenging for us. I think this year the tournament will be the toughest compared to the last few editions,” said BCB president Nazmul Hasan to the media at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, on Thursday.

Middle-order batsman cum right-arm pacer Ariful Haque got his maiden call in the Bangladesh ODI team. The right-handed batsman made it to the national team riding on his big-hitting capabilities in T20’s and now has a chance to do so for the ODI team. Ariful has played six T20I for Bangladesh since his international debut on February this year. 

Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Mithun returned to the fold having last played an ODI for Bangladesh in January this year during the tri-nation series held in Dhaka.

Meanwhile, wicket-keeper batsman Anamul Haque and Sabbir Rahman lost their place in the squad due to a string of poor recent performances. Both Anamul and Sabbir were part of Bangladesh ODI team in the tour of the West Indies in July this year, but the duo failed to make any notable contributions. 

Anamul could score just 33 runs in three ODIs in the series. Sabbir scored 27 runs in the three matches and 39 runs, against South Africa in October 2017, has been his highest score in last 15 innings. 

Besides the lean patch Sabbir also has had disciplinary issues working against his survival in the national fold. The 26-year-old has been dealing the BCB due to disciplinary issues for long now with the latest being during the tour of West Indies. Sabbir was accused of threatening Bangladesh supporters via his official Facebook account after they were mocking the cricketer due to poor form on the field.


Squad:

Masrafe Bin Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Haider Rony

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