Mushfiqur, Liton return to squad
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 19-member squad yesterday for the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting from September 1.
The wicket-keeper batsman duo -- Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das – returned as predicted, while young leg-spinner Aminul Islam made the cut as well. The three aforementioned players had to miss out on Bangladesh's recently-completed historic 4-1 series win against Australia for having opted to exit the bio-bubble for personal reasons, following the Zimbabwe tour.
The only player dropped from the previous T20 squad is Mohammad Mithun, who was one of the players from the Tigers' ODI squad for the Zimbabwe tour that the BCB had asked to stay back for the T20Is against the Aussies in order to fill in for the missing players.
The inclusion of technically gifted, experienced right-handed batsmen like Mushfiqur and Liton is most likely to strengthen the batting line-up, given that the top-order, especially the openers Soumya Sarker and Naim Sheikh, were found wanting against the Aussies and that the batting order is lop-sided by left-handers as well.
As far as Aminul is concerned, having a diverse option of a leggy in the bowling unit could prove to be a vital component behind Bangladesh's success in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup later this year.