Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced the squad that will take part in the 10-day preparation camp in Sydney, Australia, before the New Zealand tour in December/January. Bangladesh will play 3 ODIs, 3 T20s and 2 Test Match during this tour.
Bangladeshi sensation Mustafizur Rahman returns to the squad from his injury break. Glad that he has recovered well and will be part of the tour. There are few new faces that have also made their way into the squad – young batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto, who represented Bangladesh in u19 WC 2016, leg-spinning all-rounder Tanveer Haider, and pace bowlers Ebadat Hossain & Subashis Roy. Mohammad Shahid who was omitted in the England squad due to injury is also back into the squad. Notable players who have missed out of the squad list are Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain. Besides that Mosharraf Hossain and Kamrul Islam Rabbi who were in the squad for England series have been dropped to the standby list.
The full listing of the squad and standby players are as follow –
Preparatory Squad: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahaman, Soumya Sarker, Mosaddek Hossain, Nurul Hassan, Mehedi Hasan Miraj, Shuvagata Hom, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Taijul Islam, Masrafe Bin Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam, Shuvashish Roy, Md Shahid, Ebadat Hossain, Tanveer Haider.
Stand by: Shahriar Nafees, Abdul Majid, Litton Kumer Das, Mosharraf Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Al-Amin Hossain, Alauddin Babu, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain.
The squad picked for this preparatory camp looks strong on paper. The omission of Rubel and Al-Amin is a bit surprising as the fact that they both had a decent world cup in New Zealand/Australia. Would be interesting to see how the new pacers Shuvashish and Ebadat do if given a chance along with Taskin, Mustafiz, Shafiul led by Mashrafe on pace friendly wickets. Also, the logic behind picking Hom ahead of Nasir is something I am unable to get my head around. Nasir would have been a better option as he would not only provide stability with the bat in the lower order but also is a handful with the ball if needed. Perhaps a few days holiday in Australia will be the most for Hom as I do not see him getting into the main squad – but who knows!
What are your thoughts on the squad?