Bangladesh became the latest to announce their 15-member squad for the World Cup. The squad looks strong with veteran Mashrafe Mortaza named captain for the second World Cup in a row. Senior allrounder Shakib Al Hasan will be his deputy for the mega event. Key pacer Mustafizur Rahman who was an injury doubt after suffering a sprained ankle has been included in the squad. Apart from Mortaza and Mustafizur, the squad has three other pacers - Abu Jayed, Mohammad Saifuddin and Rubel Hossain.
Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Mithun were picked as batsmen which saw experienced left-handed opening batsman Imrul Kayes sidelined. The two surprise inclusions though were of swing bowler Abu Jayed who is yet to make his ODI debut but made a strong case with his bowling in Tests on the recently concluded New Zealand tour and batsman Mosaddek Hossain who hasn’t played an ODI since September 2018.
Meanwhile injured pacer Taskin Ahmed was left out after having suffered a left-ankle injury earlier in the year during the Bangladesh Premier League. He missed the New Zealand tour due to the same injury and hasn’t sufficiently recovered to warrant a place in the World Cup squad.
Though Mustafizur Rahman has been included, he is expected to miss the initial part of the World Cup as he recovers from a left-ankle injury. The rest of the team is a nice blend of youth and experience with senior players Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah all named in the squad. While it will be the fourth World Cup for the trio of Tamim, Rahim and Mahmudullah, captain Mortaza missed the 2011 World Cup and is set to take part in his 3rd World Cup.
Before the World Cup, Bangladesh will feature in a tri-series in Ireland with West Indies being the third team. For that tournament, in addition to the 15 for the World Cup, the squad will have uncapped players Nayeem Hasan and Yasir Ali.
Bangladesh begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on 2nd June at the Kennington Oval in London.
Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Abu Jayed