The national cricket selectors yesterday announced a 28-member preliminary squad for the forthcoming home series against New Zealand making some changes to the previously announced list.
Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza kept his place on the list and the Narail Express stands a good chance to make a comeback to international cricket after missing the last two series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe due to injury. The right-arm paceman showed significant improvement while playing a practice game recently in Khulna and also in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League (DPL), where he took seven wickets in three matches, after recovering from heel injury.
Left-handed batsman Shahriar Nafees was the notable omission from the squad along with pacer Shahadat Hossain and middle-order batsman Rokibul Hasan, who all were on the 30-member list announced in June.
Pacer Al Amin, who staked a strong claim for an international debut in the Black Caps series by virtue of his performances with the ‘A’ team and in the DPL, along with left-arm spinner Enamul Haque, Soumya Sarker, Sabbir Rahman, Mukter Ali and Nur Hossain are the new inclusions.
“We want to take the home advantage and that’s why we considered all of our good performers. There will be a screening on October 1 and then we can say who will be our ultimate choice,” said selector Habibul Bashar.
“Nafees’s fitness and performance is a real concern for us and it is the same for Shahadat. But everybody has a chance to make a comeback as you know a lot of series and tournaments are coming up. On the other hand Rokibul missed the list because of his batting position,” he added.
The selectors also announced a 14-member BCB XI squad, that included only one slow bowler in young Nur Hossain, for the three-day practice match against New Zealand which will be held at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong over October 4-6.
The selected players have been asked to report for training on October 1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
The Kiwis arrive in Dhaka on October 1 to play two Tests, three ODIs and a T20I.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mohammad Elias, Ziaur Rahman, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Jahurul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Mominul Hoque, Shamsur Rahman, Marshall Ayub, Robiul Islam, Farhad Reza, Mehrab Hossain, Sajedul Islam, Al Amin, Enamul Hoque, Soumya Sarker, Sabbir Rahman, Muktar Ali, Nur Hossain.
Mahmudullah Riyad, Anamul Haque, Ziaur Rahman, Jahurul Islam, Naeem Islam, Mominul Hoque, Shamsur Rahman, Marshall Ayub, Farhad Reza, Mehrab Hossain, Sajedul Islam, Souyma Sarker, Muktar Ali and Nur Hossain.