Dhaka - Bangladesh on Tuesday included half-fit pace bowler
Mustafizur Rahman in their squad for a three-match one-day international series
against the West Indies later this month.
Mustafizur has been out of competitive cricket since he hurt
his left big toe in May during an Indian Premier League match for the Mumbai
The 22-year-old missed a three-match Twenty20 international
series against Afghanistan in June and was also excluded from the Bangladesh
squad for the two-Test series against the West Indies, beginning on Wednesday
"He has yet to regain his full fitness. Yet, we
included him in the ODI squad because we have some time in our hands,"
said chief selector Minhajul Abedin.
"We will see him how he goes in a four-day match
against Sri Lanka A next week. If he can prove his match fitness, only then he
will travel with the squad," he said.
Minhajul added they have already included uncapped pacer Abu
Jayed as back-up to Mustafizur, which raised the number of players in the squad
Jayed, who played three Twenty20 internationals but has yet
to make his debut in other formats, was one of the four players to get his
maiden ODI call up in a revamped squad that last played a 50-over game in
Top-order batsman Nazmul Hossain, off-spinner Nazmul Islam
and pacer Abu Hider were the other three new additions while selectors also
recalled batsmen Liton Das and Mosaddek Hossain.
Opener Imrul Kayes, middle-order batsmen Nasir Hossain and
Mohammad Mithun, pacer Abul Hasan, all-rounder Mohammad Saif Uddin and
off-spinner Sunzamul Islam have been excluded.
The first two matches of the series will be held in Guyana
on July 22 and 25 while St. Kitts will host the final ODI on July 28.
Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider and Abu Jayed