Mohammad Naim, Mosaddek Hossain and Al-Amin Hossain return to the side
Bangladesh have left out left-arm spinner Taijul Islam from their 20-man contingent for the white-ball tour of New Zealand, where they play three ODIs and three T20Is. Uncapped left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed got his maiden call-up, while opener Mohammad Naim, allrounder Mosaddek Hossain and seamer Al-Amin Hossain made comebacks.
Taijul was part of the Bangladesh ODI squad that beat West Indies 3-0 recently but didn’t get a game. Seen more as a red-ball specialist, Islam has played just nine ODIs and two T20Is since making his ODI debut in 2014.
Apart from Taijul, the only other absentee from that squad was Shakib Al Hasan, who was granted paternity leave by the BCB. The break will also give him a chance to recover from the thigh injury he suffered during the first Test against West Indies in Chattogram.
Nasum, 26, has picked up 45 wickets from 37 List A games at an average of 29.06. In 27 T20s, he has 12 scalps while going for just under seven an over.
Mosaddek and Naim got the rewards for their performances in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup. In 11 games, Mosaddek picked up ten wickets with his offspin, apart from scoring 148 runs at 21.14. Naim, meanwhile, scored 260 runs, including a best of 105, at an average of 26 and a strike rate of 128.71.
Though Al-Amin managed only five wickets in nine games in the tournament, he provides the side with another seam-bowling option on a tour where replacements might not be easy.
Just like the ODI series against West Indies, the 50-over leg in New Zealand will be part of the World Cup Super League. So far, Bangladesh have won their all three games of the league, bagging full 30 points. The T20Is, meanwhile, will serve as a preparatory step for the T20 World Cup, to be held in India later this year.
On Thursday, some of the New Zealand-bound squad members, including Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Naim and Taskin Ahmed, and support staffers were administered Covid-19 vaccines in Dhaka. The remaining members are expected to be inoculated by Sunday.
The team will depart for New Zealand on February 23 and will kick off the tour on March 20 with the first ODI in Dunedin.
Squad: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Mosaddek Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Naim Sheikh, Taskin Ahmed, Al Amin Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed