Sunday, 11 February 2018 - 20:52
Bangladesh adds 5 new faces to T20I side


Bangladesh has picked five uncapped players in the squad for the first T20I against Sri Lanka on February 15.

The inclusions of Abu Jayed, Ariful Haque, Mahedi Hasan, Zakir Hasan and Afif Hossain are among the seven changes in the side, which also sees the return of Abu Hider after two years.

Seamer Jayed was the second highest wicket-taker in the 2017 BPL, while Mahedi took 10 wickets at 25.70.

Ariful was the highest run-scorer among the uncapped Bangladeshi batsmen, having played match-winning knocks for Khulna Titans, while Zakir is a wicketkeeper-batsman who was impressive in this year's BPL.

Bangladesh squad:

Shakib Al Hasan (Capt.), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Ariful Haque, Mahedi Hasan, Zakir Hasan, Afif Hossain.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh's T20I plans were further dented when their captain Shakib Al Hasan said today (Feb. 11) his finger injury hasn't fully healed.

Shakib injured his finger during the tri-series final on January 27, which ruled him out of the subsequent Tests against Sri Lanka.

It would have been his first series in his second stint as the Test captain.
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