Challenge for pacers
Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam; if this were the year 2014 then the four-man combination would have probably been leading Bangladesh's pace attack.
However, the dynamics of Bangladesh's bowling attack has changed quite a bit now with the arrival of Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Shahid and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza keeping fit.
And that's the reason why Bangladesh A's tour of India is crucial for the pacers in the squad; each of them, it seems, has something to prove.
The last time Al-Amin played an international match was during the Zimbabwe series in November 2014. The player, who was one of the leading wicket-takers for the Tigers that year, witnessed a dramatic fall in his career. He was first barred because of his suspect bowling action and then while he was a member of Bangladesh's World Cup squad, he was sent back on disciplinary grounds. The lanky pacer will hope he can utilise this series to change the selectors' minds.
Shafiul, on the other hand, has been out due to his tryst with injuries. He is a bowler that the selectors prefer using in the longer format because of his ability to swing the ball. However, he hasn't played a single match this year. While he was on the cards for making a comeback against India, his lack of game-time compelled the selectors not to include him in the squad.
While Rubel has been a regular in the ODIs, he missed out on Bangladesh's last four Tests. Against Pakistan and India, he had injury issues; against South Africa, the selectors preferred Mustafizur and Shahid to him. The pacer could be looking to earn his spot back for the upcoming Tests against Australia.
And then there's the young and fierce Taskin Ahmed. He was Bangladesh's highest wicket-taker in the World Cup and enjoyed a great spell against Pakistan and India. But he missed the South Africa series due to a side-strain.
The tall fast bowler, who has played just ten first-class matches— the last one being in 2013-- will also be an option for the three-day matches. Considering his inability to take massive workload, that is required in the longer version, due to his troubled tendons, the management is still cautious of introducing Taskin to Test cricket.
However, if he does get an opportunity in the three-dayers in India, it could well be the base of a dream that the player has longed to achieve.