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Soumya, Imrul included in Asia Cup squad

  • Published at 11:55 pm September 21st, 2018
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Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar during training in Mirpur Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The BCB decision had come based on the below-par performance by the Bangladesh openers against Afghanistan (group stage match) and their first Super Four game against India Friday

Opening batsmen Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes have been included in the Bangladesh squad for the Asia Cup in the UAE. 

The BCB decision had come based on the below-par performance by the Bangladesh openers against Afghanistan (group stage match) and their first Super Four game against India Friday. 

The duo will depart Dhaka for the UAE Saturday evening.

Bangladesh had to bring in Nazmul Hossain Shanto in place of the injured Tamim Iqbal. Shanto, along with Liton Das have not been able to impress and cash in on the opportunity. In the two matches, Liton scored 13 runs while Shanto managed only a run more.

“We had brought a team of 16 as we had confusion over the weather and conditions. For this reason, we had come a bit early to Dubai. Tamim’s injury has shaken our opening partnership. The openers have not been able to perform well in the two matches,” said BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan to the media at Dubai International Cricket Stadium Friday.

“The team management has asked for an opener. We are bringing in two openers to avoid risks. Team management spoke to the board president (Nazmul Hasan) and it was decided to bring in Imrul and Soumya,” the BCB director explained.

Tigers’ regular opener Tamim was ruled out from the six-nation tournament after sustaining a fracture on his left index finger in Bangladesh’s opening game of the tournament, against Sri Lanka last Saturday. But it should not have mattered, given that the team had been carrying Shanto.

The decision of including two left-handed openers had come before the Bangladesh-India game was yet to be completed.

“We had carried a back-up opener with the team (Shanto). Opening the batting is crucial. Here 240-250 runs is a winning score but they were not able to perform so we decided to make the two inclusions,” former Bangladesh captain Akram explained.

Soumya and Imrul were with their respective teams  in Khulna playing the four-day practice match comprising BCB HP cricketers. Imrul and Soumya had scored 58 and 48 respectively in that match.