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Mahmudullah axed from T20 WC squad

Mahmudullah faced stern criticism for his batting approach in the shortest version of the game on social media from fans

Update : 14 Sep 2022, 07:19 PM

Experienced batter Mahmudullah has been dropped from the 15-man squad for the forthcoming T20 World Cup as Shakib al Hasan will lead the side.

Bangladesh Cricket Board selection panel, led by Minhajul Abedin Nannu, announced the squad Wednesday afternoon at BCB press conference area.

Former captain Mahmudullah’s exclusion was the major talking point throughout the press interaction.

The all-rounder faced stern criticism for his batting approach in the 20-over format on social media from fans after Bangladesh’s poor shows in the last T20 World Cup and the recent Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Mahmudullah has played 121 T20Is and scored 2,122 runs with an average of 23.57 and strike rate of 117.3.

He was the skipper in last year’s T20 World Cup where Bangladesh lost to Scotland in the first match of the qualifiers but won against Oman and Papua New Guinea to qualify for the Super 12.

Later Bangladesh lost all their matches in the Super 12 and finished a disappointing campaign by being bundled out for less than 100 against South Africa and Australia in their last two games.

Rumors were rife that the most capped T20I player could be dropped from the T20 World Cup squad and that eventually happened.

The chief selector informed that the BCB think tank is targeting to build a team for the future where there is no place for an old guard like Mahmudullah.

“We have full respect for Mahmudullah. He has played many memorable games for the national team. Sridharan Sriram has given us a plan. We are executing that plan for the next one year. It has some different directions and we are planning according to that,” said chief selector Minhajul during the press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Wednesday.  

“We have excluded Mahmudullah after discussing with everyone. We have taken this decision after talking with each and everyone of team management,” he added.

However, the selectors hinted that Mahmudullah’s T20 career is not over and that every player has chance of scripting a comeback until he retires.

Sabbir Rahman, who came back to the side after a long hiatus, kept his place as Liton Das, Yasir Ali and Nurul Hasan returned to the squad after recovering from their injuries that saw them miss the Asia Cup.

Experienced middle-order batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has already retired from T20Is after the Asia Cup while top-order batsmen Anamul Haque and Parvez Hossain have both been dropped from the squad.

All-rounder Mahedi Hasan was a regular face for the Tigers in T20Is but only included in the standby list as an extra seamer was chosen considering the condition in Australia.

Soumya Sakar was also recalled as one of four standbys.

Bangladesh will play a tri-nation T20 series just before the T20 World Cup in New Zealand against the hosts and Pakistan and this 15-man squad would also be applicable for that series.

The Tigers will then fly off to Australia to play two practice matches, one against Afghanistan and the other against South Africa, before the first match in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup.

Squad

Shakib al Hasan (C), Nurul Hasan (VC), Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Mustafizur Rahman, Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Nasum Ahmed, Nazmul Hossain Shanto

Standby

Shariful Islam, Rishad Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Soumya Sarkar

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