Bangladesh has recalled all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin for the first two home trivia games with Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, while off-spinner Mehidy Hasan has dropped out of the 13-man squad.
Saifuddin suffered a back injury during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2019 and has not played an international game since. Bangladesh’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin confirmed that the 22-year-old all-rounder is playable in the shortest format.
“Saifuddin is ready to play,” said Minhajul Abedin, chief selector of Bangladesh. “The physiotherapist said that he will be able to bear the burden of the shorter cricket version, and that his back pain is not constant, he’s already bowling and we need to play him while we manage his workload.”
Mehidy Hasan, who was only able to score two goals in three appearances in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, was dropped, while senior striker Tamim Iqbal, who is on vacation, is the other notable absentee. The all-rounders Ariful Haq and Abu Hider, the off-spinner Najmul Islam as well as the Pacemen rubles Hossain and Abu Jayed must also give up.
With the upcoming I2020 Men’s T20 World Cup in 2020, Bangladeshi voters have chosen more young players. While all-rounders Mahedi Hasan and Afif Hossain, who both debuted against Sri Lanka in the domestic T20I series last year, celebrated an international return, Yeasin Arafat, the right-arm fast medium bowler, will be called up for the first time.
“We’ve picked up a few young players as we have many 20 games in the coming days,” said Abedin. “Mahedi and Afif are considered to be our future prospects and we just want to see how they can cope with the pressure of international cricket Mishu [Yeasin] has been doing well in the domestic racetrack for some days and we want to see how he is doing international level.
“We have set up this squad for the future and there is no reason to believe that those who could not make it to the squad will have no chance in the coming games – we have named just one squad for the first two games. “
The hosts are playing on Friday, September 13, at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka against Zimbabwe.