Bangladesh in South Africa 2017-18 October 5, 2017

Saifuddin earns maiden ODI call-up for Bangladesh

Nasir Hossain punches down the ground © Associated Press

Bangladesh have included 20-year-old Mohammad Saifuddin in their ODI squad for the three-match series against South Africa later this month. The seam-bowling allrounder who made his T20I debut in April was earmarked for the senior team after an impressive run in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup.

Batsman Mominul Haque, meanwhile, was added to the squad as a 16th member three hours after the squad was announced. In it's release announcing his inclusion, the BCB did not offer any explanation for this.*

Nasir Hossain earned a recall after missing out on the Champions Trophy, Bangladesh's last ODI assignment. Also included is Liton Das who played the last of his nine ODIs in November 2015. They have replaced Mosaddek Hossain, Sunzamul Islam and Shafiul Islam.

Liton is in the Test squad currently and has caught the eye with his wicketkeeping but not so much with his batting. Nasir didn't do too well in the Test series at home against Australia but since then has taken a five-wicket haul and scored a fifty in two first-class matches.

Mosaddek is recovering from an eye infection. Sunzamul had reported a similar complaint, but has begun playing first-class cricket again for Rajshahi. Shafiul hasn't played an ODI since October last year although he was in Bangladesh's Champions Trophy squad.

Bangladesh and South Africa play the ODI series from October 15 to 22.

*14.30GMT: The story was updated after Mominul Haque was included in the squad.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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