Zimbabwe in Bangladesh 2015-16 January 5, 2016

Hider, Hom, Nurul named in T20 squad

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Soumya Sarkar is back in Bangladesh's T20 squad after a side strain forced him to miss their series against Zimbabwe in November © AFP

Bangladesh have named the uncapped trio of Shuvagata Hom, Abu Hider and Nurul Hasan in their 14-man squad for the first two T20s against Zimbabwe, to be played on January 15 and 17. Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar also return to the fold after missing the T20 series against Zimbabwe in November.

Liton Das, Nasir Hossain, Jubair Hossain, Anamul Haque and Kamrul Islam Rabbi, who were part of the previous T20 squad, have been left out.

Among the three newcomers, left-arm paceman Hider performed the best in the BPL, with 21 wickets for eventual champions Comilla Victorians. Shuvagata also did well, playing for the same team, while wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul, who didn't have a great BPL, has been in the selectors' eye for a while due to his performances in domestic cricket and for Bangladesh A.

Shakib, who is in the USA, having taken paternity leave during the Zimbabwe T20s in November, will return to Bangladesh on January 9 to join the training camp, while Soumya missed out because of a side strain.

Among the players dropped, the legspinner Jubair was not picked by any of the BPL teams and was also not in the 27-man preliminary training squad that the national selectors had called up for the upcoming T20 tournaments. He had figures of 2 for 20 in his only T20 against Zimbabwe.

Liton, Nasir and Anamul went through form slumps against Zimbabwe and also during the BPL while Rabbi can consider himself slightly unfortunate since he hadn't played any matches against Zimbabwe despite being in the ODI and T20 squads.

Bangladesh squad for the first two T20s against Zimbabwe: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Arafat Sunny, Nurul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • minhazmohsin on January 13, 2016, 16:36 GMT

    Nurul and haider are good selections, not sure about Hom, but good to see Liton das is not here who is an excellent test player, our selectors took a long time to establish this truth. Again, i am mising Anamul. I think odi squad is the best place for him and team.

  • Nithor on January 10, 2016, 5:43 GMT

    when selectors will stop planning with holm, can not see any hope

  • Javiar87 on January 7, 2016, 18:48 GMT

    Guys chill out ! This squad for zim series not t20 wc ! bcb just trying out some players to find a perfect combination.

  • siponus2007 on January 6, 2016, 12:29 GMT

    dont understand plan here so one trounament one player does well and u change that with a expereince world cup player taskin ahmed ? bcb needs to understand taskin is proven international player , taskin definitely should be in the wolrd cup team

  • anirbandp on January 6, 2016, 6:55 GMT

    Hom is not a T20 player. Nasir would be better.

  • ashqarmahi on January 6, 2016, 6:50 GMT

    Though Shuvagoto Hom didn't do any eye catching performance so far but yet selectors definitely have some plan regarding Hom...otherwise it is a good team selection...Nasir should be back for last 2 T20s...He is a class player and recently finding his form both batting and bowling....

  • Cricket-Analyser on January 6, 2016, 6:25 GMT

    Where is nasir where is hom? Hom is not a player for t20,

  • Sachit1979 on January 6, 2016, 6:01 GMT

    What's the thought process behind Nurul Hasan? He did not have good BBL season. I believe Nasir Hossain would have been better choice than him.

  • Masking_Tape on January 6, 2016, 5:06 GMT

    Shovo over Nasir?? That's just weird man!

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on January 6, 2016, 4:31 GMT

    As history suggests, Khulna pitch is going to support the spinners most. Considering this fact, i want to play Arafat Sunny in the best XI. Rony and Al-amin can be tested rotationally. My Team: 1. Tamim 2. Imrul 3. Soumya 4. Shabbir 5. Riyad 6. Shakib 7. Mushfiq 8. Mashrafe 9. Rony 10. Sunny 11. Mustafiz

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