BCB has announced the preliminary squads for ODIs and Tests against the West Indies
Former captain and veteran pacer Mashrafe bin Mortaza has not been included in the 24-man Bangladesh preliminary squad, announced Monday, for the upcoming three-match ODI series against the West Indies.
Bangladesh Cricket Board has also revealed the 20-man preliminary squad for the two-Test series against the Windies.
All-rounder Shakib al Hasan has returned to both ODI and Test squads after completing his one-year ban from international cricket.
Mashrafe, the most successful Bangladesh captain in history, has played 220 ODIs so far and taken 270 wickets.
The 37-year old has retired from T20Is and has not played Tests since 2009.
He was entrusted with the ODI captaincy in 2015 and under his leadership Bangladesh transformed into one of the most competitive sides in world cricket in the 50-over format.
Mashrafe last played in the Zimbabwe series at home last year where Bangladesh won 3-0.
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He was the skipper in that series, and he announced his decision to relinquish captaincy after the third and final ODI.
But he did not retire and wished to prolong his playing career.
Cricket resumed in Bangladesh in November through BCB President’s Cup but Mashrafe did not take part in that 50-over tournament due to injury.
He also missed the initial stages of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup due to injury but became fit in the middle of the tournament as several teams wanted to include him in the squad.
Later he was picked by Gemcon Khulna who eventually emerged champions.
Mashrafe took seven wickets in four games, including a five-wicket haul which was his best ever figure in T20Is, to help Khulna reach the final.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin informed that the decision to axe Mashrafe from the preliminary ODI squad for the Windies series was taken after a long discussion with team management.
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“We have respect for Mashrafe and it will remain forever. He has given a lot to the cricket of this nation. It was a tough decision to drop him from the ODI preliminary squad. But we have to face the reality. We have to move forward. We are focusing on the 2023 World Cup. We (selection panel, team management) have taken this decision jointly,” former Bangladesh batsman Minhajul said to the media at a media session in Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Mondayafternoon.
The Caribbean side will arrive Sunday.
The three ODIs will be played on January 20, 22 and 25 respectively.
The first Test will begin on February 3 while the second and final Test will start on February 11.
24-man Preliminary ODI Squad
Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed, Shakib al Hasan, Al Amin Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shoriful Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Hasan Mahmud, Mohammad Mithun, Saifuddin, Liton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Afif Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar, Parvez Hossain Emon, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mahadi Hasan, Mohammad Naim, Rubel Hossain
20-man Preliminary Test Squad
Momimul Haque, Taskin Ahmed, Tamim Iqbal, Khaled Ahmed, Shakib al Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Shadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed Rahi, Ebadat Hossain