The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will announce a 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup, to be held in the United Kingdom in May, today.
However, according to BCB president Nazmul Hassan, the selectors could make a few last minute changes to the team depending on performances at the upcoming tri-nation series in Ireland while players returning from injury will also be taken into account.
The last day to submit a finalised world cup squad to the ICC is slated for April 23, however, the participating teams can be further adjusted without the governing body's approval before May 23.
With the likes of Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Saiffuddin currently recovering from injury while other possible candidates for the team suffer from a lack of form, concerns over the selection have been raised.
With the tri-nation series, comprised of West Indies, Bangladesh and hosts Ireland, set to take place between May 7 and 15, Nazmul informed that Bangladesh could very well make last minute adjustments.
“Initially I knew that we have to announce the squad by April 18 which can't be changed if there is any injury but we got to know that we still have time. We can make changes till May 22 (actually May 23) so we can make changes without needing any approval,” said Nazmul. “I told the selectors that as we still have time, we should announce the squad as we have some issues. There are a few probable players who are yet to recover from injuries while a few others are suffering from a lack of form.
“If the injured players can recover while the out-of-form ones perform in the tri-nation, there is still a chance for those players. We are giving a 15-member squad for the World Cup and there will be at least 17 players for the tri-nation. We have two additional players so we have the opportunity to try from there,” Nazmul told reporters yesterday.