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Bangladesh announce squad for World T20: Bangladesh Cricket Board on Wednesday announced the squad for the upcoming major events – Asia Cup in February and the World T20 in March. The list was obtained after selecting a 15-member squad from the available 25 names released provisionally earlier.

The second highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League, Abu Hider have been included in the side. All-rounder Nasir Hossain and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Mithun have been recalled. They were not part of the last T20I series against Zimbabwe. Imrul Kayes and Litton Kumar Das have been ignored.

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If qualified from 1st round, Bangladesh will battle in the Group A alongside India, Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand for the World T20 title

Mashrafe Mortaza will lead the side in the tournament. Mushfiqur Rahim and left-arm pacer, Mustafizur Rahman are back in the squad after they missed the last two matches against Zimbabwe due to injury.

Bangladesh will play in the qualification round for Group A alongside Ireland, the Netherlands and Oman. The group topper will then enter the main draw for the World T20. 4 leading cricket nations in Group A are: India, Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand. Bangladesh will be taking on the Netherlands, Ireland and Oman on the 9th, 11th and 13th March respectively.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said: “More or less we have an idea about our best 11 players. We thought they have the potential to be the next best.”

Bangladesh Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan.