Former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan is making a comeback to international cricket after serving his one-year ban stamped on him by the ICC. He has been picked in the Bangladesh squad for the ODI series against West Indies. Shakib Al Hasan Returns To Bangladesh Squad For Windies ODIs. The left-handed all-rounder’s last match was a T20I game against Afghanistan. Shakib was Bangladesh’s highest scorer in the 2019 ICC World Cup. He scored over 600 runs and took 11 wickets a The Tigers made the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, another former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was left out of the preliminary squad of 24 member squad. the BCB selectors also named three uncapped players, Off-spinner Mahadi Hasan and pace bowlers Hasan Mahmud and Shoriful Islam.
Delighted To Have Shakib Al Hasan Back
“Naturally we are delighted to have Shakib Al Hasan back in the squad as we all know he is a game-changer and we are expecting him to return to his best very soon,” Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz.
The BCB Chief Selector further explained the reason behind leaving out former skipper Mortaza from the provisional squad.
“We have said earlier that the provisional squad was the reflection of our plan of action and that is why we could not include Mashrafe in it. Mahedi has been performing really well for the last two years and we feel it is the right time for him to get some exposure. As far as the pace duo is concerned both of them are bowling really fast and that impressed us a lot which paved their way into the squad,” he added further on the uncapped trio.
Meanwhile, the Windies side has already reached Bangladesh for two Tests and three ODIs. The first two ODIs will be played in Dhaka on January 20 and 22. The final match will be played at Chattogram on January 25. The first Test will start on February 3 while the second will begin on February 11.
Bangladesh ODI squad: Tamim Iqbal (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Litton Das, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saiffudin, Mahadi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam