Fifteen for Champions Trophy, eighteen for Ireland
Shafiul Islam made a comeback into Bangladesh's ODI squads for both the Champions Trophy and the tri-series tour of Ireland.
Nasir Hossain, on the other hand, has been given a spot in the 18-member squad for the Ireland series but was not included in the 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy.
On a similar note, Subashis Roy, Nurul Hasan and Shuvagata Hom, who were a part of Bangladesh's ODI squad for their last series against Sri Lanka, were included for the Ireland series and not the Champions Trophy. Nurul, however, will be travelling along with the Champions Trophy squad to England as a back-up wicketkeeper. He will take Mushfiqur Rahim's place if the latter gets injured.
Both squads were announced by the selection panel at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The squad that will be travelling to Ireland to take part in the tri-nation series along with New Zealand will also be going to Sussex to take part in the conditioning camp for the Champions Trophy in England.
The squad for the Champions Trophy, expectedly so, has not changed much from the previous squad that played the three-ODI series in Sri Lanka. The selectors have kept their faith in Shafiul Islam, who has not been a regular member of the Bangladesh ODI team. Since November 2014, Shafiul has played just four ODIs. He played one ODI against Afghanistan and the three ODIs against England in 2016.
The wiry pacer has been prone to frequent injuries and that is one reason why he has not been a part of the squad for long periods of time. He missed out on the tours of New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
However, the selectors reckon that if Shafiul remains fit he could do well in the swinging conditions of England.
The only uncapped player in the team is Sanjamul Islam. He was a part of the ODI squad that toured Sri Lanka but did not feature in the main eleven. The 27-year-old left-arm spinner is quite experienced and is being groomed to be Arafat Sunny's replacement in the team as the other slow left-arm bowler.
The selectors have decided to give Nasir a go in the tri-nation series in Ireland following his string of good performances in the domestic circuit. He was also included in the Emerging Cup, which took place in Bangladesh recently, in a bid to keep him close to international cricket. However, it seems he will have to work harder to find a permanent spot in the main eleven considering that he has not been included for the Champions Trophy.
Bangladesh are expected to leave for Sussex towards the end of this month. The tri-nation series in Ireland will begin on May 12 with Bangladesh taking on Ireland first. The Champions Trophy will begin on June 1, with Bangladesh taking on England in the tournament opener.
As of now, the players, except for Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan, are busy with the Dhaka Premier League. Mustafizur and Shakib, engaged in the ongoing Indian Premier League, are expected to join the team before the Ireland series.