Shahriar Nafees included for New Zealand ODIs
Opening batsman Shahriar Nafees was the only surprise inclusion in Bangladesh's 14-member squad for the five-match home ODI series against New Zealand. Left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo who made his debut in March, before being ignored for the tour to the United Kingdom, also earned a recall to the side.
Tamim Iqbal, who is recovering from surgery on his left wrist, was left out for the series. There was no place for Mohammad Ashraful, who has been in and out of the side following a prolonged run of poor form. Seamer Syed Rasel, reserve wicket-keeper Saghir Hossain and left-arm spinner Faisal Hossain were the others to miss out from the squad that toured the UK.
Tamim's absence gives Nafees, who played the last of his 60 ODIs in June 2008, another chance to stake a claim at the top of the order. He has scored 1857 runs in the format, including four centuries and ten half-centuries, at an average of 33.78. He returned to the Test squad for the home series against India, after a stint with the rebel Indian Cricket League.
The squad will begin training for the series on September 15 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. The five ODIs will be hosted in Mirpur from October 5 to 17.
Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan (vice-capt), Shahriar Nafees, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Jahurul Islam, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Suhrawadi Shuvo
On stand-by: Mohammad Ashraful, Nazimuddin, Nazmul Hossain, Dolar Mahmud, Shuvogoto Hom