Dhaka - Bangladesh have announced their 13-member squad for the
first two ODIs against Afghanistan which will be contested on the 25th and 28th
Included in the squad is uncapped batsman Mosaddek Hossain
who has been in impressive form in domestic limited overs cricket.
Al-Amin Hossain loses his place in the squad with Shafiul
Islam earning a recall.
Mosaddek has previously featured in one T20I and has been on
the radar for the national team for some time after a string of solid
performances at domestic level in the Dhaka Premier League as well as first
The DPL in 2016 has proved to be a happy hunting ground for
Mossadek who scored 622 runs in 14 matches at an average of 77.75.
Rubel Hossain and Taijul Islam have also earned recalls
after missing the series against Zimbabwe last November.
Shafiul hasn't featured in an ODI for Bangladesh since 2014
and has been less impressive than Al-Amin in domestic cricket with the former
taking 14 wickets less than the latter in the DPL.
Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin defended Sahfiul's
inclusion on the grounds that his fitness levels were better than Al-Amin's.
Suspended bowler Taskin Ahmed will be added to the squad if
the ICC clears him to return to bowling. Taskin, along with Arafat Sunny,
completed his bowling action reassessment on September 8 in Brisbane,
Squad for first two ODIs: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul
Kayes, Mosaddek Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan (vice-captain), Mahmudullah, Nasir
Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain),
Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain