Much like Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan, the opening duo of Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar were surprised by their sudden recall to the Tigers' camp for the ongoing Asia Cup.
Both the openers were caught off guard as they were taking part in the High Performance squad's four-day match in Khulna when they were asked to catch a flight to UAE the next day ahead of Bangladesh's match against Afghanistan today.
Soumya and Imrul last played for the national team in the ODI series in South Africa almost a year ago.
The main reason that prompted the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) higher-ups to recall the southpaws was the poor showings from openers Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain -- in the group stage match against Afghanistan and in the Super Four clash against India -- following Tamim Iqbal's departure from the tournament due to a wrist injury.
"Yes, obviously it came as a surprise to me as I was playing a four-day match in Khulna with the High Performance squad. I never imagined that I would get a call-up for the tournament in such a way. But I feel lucky that I will be able to take part in such a tournament and if I am able to play I will try to give my best to perform well," Imrul told reporters before departing for the UAE yesterday.
Soumya hit his last ODI fifty in May 2017 and has since had innings of 0, 28, 3, 3, 0 and 8.
However the stylish left-hander said that he was looking forward to repaying the faith that has seemingly been placed on him for the Asia Cup.
"Obviously it won't be easy as the conditions in the UAE are tough. But at the same time it's also an opportunity for me to cement my place in the ODI format. I have been working on my batting recently. I want to repay the faith which the team management has shown me and cash in to help my team," said Soumya.
Bangladesh have played six different opening pairs in their last 26 ODI innings and, having now included of Soumya and Imrul for the remaining matches of the Asia Cup, the team management will definitely want to get a stable opening pair in the coming days.