Taijul included in 3rd ODI squad

Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam. File Photo: Internet

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam was recalled for the third ODI against England on October 12 at Chittagong at the expense of Mosharraf Hossain.

Taijul was included in the playing eleven during the ODI-series against Afghanistan, and he played two matches. He picked up a wicket but was relatively economical in both the games at Mirpur.

He was replaced by 38-year-old Mosharraf Hossain who picked up three wickets in the third ODI against Afghanistan, his comeback into the national side after eight years. But the ageing cricketer's star ran out of steam in the first ODI against England on Friday, when he conceded 23 runs in three overs, dropped two catches and injured his hand to boot.

A combination of those factors seems to have combined to bring back Taijul into the reckoning. Known as an attacking left-arm spinner, if picked in the playing 11 Taijul should fit right into the equation at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, where the surface is known to be slower and lower, and therefore more spin-friendly.

After the 34-run victory on Sunday, the closely contested Bangladesh-England ODI series is tied at 1-1.

All eyes will be on Chittagong tomorrow when the umpire will call play at 2:30pm local time.


Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicketkeeper), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, Imrul Kayes, Shafiul Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Nasir Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain.


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