Bangladesh Reinstate Shakib Al Hasan for Final Two Zimbabwe T20s

Bangladesh Reinstate Shakib Al Hasan for Final Two Zimbabwe T20s

News by “M.Akash”

On Wednesday, Bangladesh made a pivotal decision, reinstating all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman for the concluding two T20Is of the five-match series against Zimbabwe.

Shakib, the former captain, returns to T20 action after nearly a year since July 2023, amidst his parliamentary duties. His inclusion signals a strong possibility of his participation in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Jalal Yunus, the cricket operations chief of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), affirmed, “We expect him to play in the World Cup. This is why he is back in the squad for this series.”

Mustafizur Rahman, who rested for the initial three matches post his stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL), rejoins the squad after an impressive performance, emerging as the season’s joint-highest wicket-taker for the Chennai Super Kings. Additionally, top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar makes a comeback after missing the first trio of matches due to injury.

The squad shuffle sees exclusions for Parvez Hossain Emon and Afif Hossain, with pace bowler Shoriful Islam resting to accommodate the returning trio.

Despite already securing the series 3-0, with the final two matches set in Dhaka on Friday and Sunday, Bangladesh looks to fortify its ranks ahead of the looming T20 World Cup.

This Zimbabwe tour marks Bangladesh’s final home series before the T20 World Cup commences on June 1. Yunus indicated that the BCB plans to unveil its World Cup squad at the conclusion of this series.

Bangladesh Squad:

Najmul Hossain Shanto (capt), Liton Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah Riyad, Jaker Ali Anik, Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Soumya Sarkar, Tanvir Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin.

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