Saif Hassan, the right-hand opener, was also the part of Bangladesh's 2016 Under-19 World Cup. © Saif Hassan

Saif Hassan, the right-hand opener, was also the part of Bangladesh’s 2016 Under-19 World Cup. © Saif Hassan

Saif Hassan, the right-hand opener, will lead the 15-man Bangladesh squad in the Under-19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand next year, the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Wednesday (December 6). The 16-team event will be held from January 13 to February 3.

As many as 13 players, who featured in the recently concluded Under-19 Asia Cup in Malaysia, where Bangladesh lost to Pakistan in the semifinal, have been named in the lineup that will depart for New Zealand on December 26.

Shakhawat Hossain, the left-arm spinner, who played in the Asia Cup, couldn’t find a place, and instead will be among the seven standby players. Tipu Sultan, also a left-arm spinner, has been added in Shakhawat’s place.

Saif and Pinak Ghosh were also the part of Bangladesh’s 2016 Under-19 World Cup, where they reached the semifinals for the first time. The Bangladesh squad features seven batsmen, two wicketkeepers, four pacers and two spinners.

Damien Wright, the head coach, said that he was satisfied with the 15-man squad selected to do the job for Bangladesh. “I am really confident with the group we have assembled,” he said. “I think we are in a fantastic place (with our batting). So the batting side of things is nowhere near my concern now.”

Bangladesh will open their campaign against Namibia in Lincoln on January 13, with Canada and England the other two teams in their group.

Squad: Saif Hassan (capt), Pinak Ghosh, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Towhid Hridoy, Aminul Islam, Mohammad Rakib, Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Shakil Hossain (wk), Robiul Hoque, Nayeem Hasan, Qazi Anik, Roni Hossen, Hasan Mahmud, Tipu Sultan.

Reserve players: Mohammad Sozib Hossain, Rayan Rafsan Rahman, Shakhawat Hossain, Saidul Islam, Yeasin Arafat, Abdul Halim, Monirul Isam.