Omar included in probables list against Zimbabwe
Javed Omar, the Bangladesh opening batsman, has been included among the 23 probables for the home series against Zimbabwe. Omar had been in and out of the one-day side since the tour of Zimbabwe in July, and was excluded from the subsequent tour of Kenya and the Champions Trophy in India.
Faruque Ahmed, the chairman of the selection panel, felt that there was no need to experiment with new players at this stage. However, he didn't rule out the possibility of adding a couple of players to the preliminary squad later, with the aim of building a squad for the World Cup. He added that separate squads would be picked for the warm-up and Twenty 20 games, with most of the players coming from outside the list. All 23 players in the preliminary squad have played international cricket.
"I think there is no scope for us to drop anybody or bring any new face into the team right at the moment because the present lot is doing fine," Ahmed told The Daily Star, a Dhaka-based daily. "We will even try players from outside the list if needed because we will definitely take the home advantage."
Faruque added the final squad for the first three one-dayers will be picked on November 18 or 19. The tour kicks off with a warm-up game at Savar on November 26, followed by the first ever Twenty20 international in Bangladesh, two days later. The first of five one-dayers begins on November 30.
Squad Habibul Bashar (capt), Shahriar Nafees (vice-capt), Khaled Mashud (wk), Javed Omar, Mohammad Rafique, Mohammad Ashraful, Rajin Saleh, Mashrafe Mortuza, Aftab Ahmed, Tushar Imran, Manjral Islam Rana, Shahadat Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel, Nafis Iqbal, Alok Kapali, Enamul Haque, Tapash Baisya, Nazmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Saqibul Hasan, Farhad Reza, Mehrab Hossain.