Can A team's Soumya, Sabbir and Co rediscover mojo in Caribbean?
The Bangladesh Cricket Board today declared two separate squads of the Bangladesh A team who are set to tour the Caribbean in August to play two four-day 'Tests' and three one-day matches against West Indies A.
All matches will be hosted by the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia, with the first four-day encounter slated to begin on August 04 after the A team contingent arrive in the Caribbean on July 31.
The 15-member Four-day squad has the surprise exclusion of former Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque -- who had earlier found himself sidelined for the slump in batting form -- since the Tigers are not scheduled to play any Test before October this year.
And for the likes of Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Shadman Islam and other out-of-favour national team players, the upcoming tour will present the golden opportunity to get back in contention for national team selection.
However, none of the 19 players named in the A team contingent will get to feature for the Tigers in the white-ball away series against Zimbabwe as the three T20Is and ODIs are slated from July 30 to August 10 and hence will clash with the A team's Caribbean assignment.
15-member Four-day squad:
Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Fazle Rabbi Mahmud, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, Zaker Ali Anik, Naeem Hasan, Tanvir Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Mukidul Islam Mugdho, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Anamul Haque
15-member One-day squad:
Soumya Sarkar, Saif Hassan, Naim Sheikh, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, Zaker Ali Anik, Sabbir Rahman, Naeem Hasan, Rakibul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Khaled Ahmed, Mukidul Islam Mugdho, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury