Bangladesh recalled Shafiul Islam and dropped Nurul Hasan, Subashis Roy and Shuvagata Hom for the Champions Trophy that will be held in England in June.
This will be the first time Bangladesh are participating in the Champions Trophy in more than a decade, having last been a part of it in 2006.
Shafiul, the medium-pacer, last featured for Bangladesh in their home series against England in October 2016 before he injured his hamstring during the Bangladesh Premier League. He was later part of the Bangladesh Test squad for the one-off game against India in Hyderabad, although he didn’t feature in the XI.
Nurul, the wicketkeeper, and Roy, the medium-pacer, were part of Bangladesh’s squad for their most recent One-Day International series against Sri Lanka, but didn’t get a game. Both of them, however, have been named in Bangladesh’s squad for the tri-series in Ireland.
Hom, who was also in the ODI squad for Bangladesh’s series against Sri Lanka has been left out from both squads while Nasir Hossain, the middle-order batsman, bagged a spot for the tri-series.
The rest of the 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy is on expected lines, with Mashrafe Mortaza leading and Mushfiqur Rahim being his deputy.
Interestingly, both Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman, the only two Bangladesh players who are part of the Indian Premier League, have been named in both squads. If they do travel for the Ireland series, they could miss the last round of league matches and the play-offs, provided Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, their respective franchises, make it that far. The IPL final is scheduled for May 21.
Bangladesh’s tri-series in Ireland, also featuring New Zealand, runs from May 12 to May 24. Bangladesh then begin their Champions Trophy campaign against England on June 1 at The Oval in London.
For Champions Trophy: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Mushfiqur Rahim (vice-capt, wk), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam.
For Ireland tri-series: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Mushfiqur Rahim (vice-capt, wk), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Sunzamul Islam, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Shafiul Islam.