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August 9, 2006
Javed Omar, the Bangladesh opener, and Alok Kapali, the allrounder, have been excluded from Bangladesh's squad for the three one-day internationals against Kenya beginning on August 12 at Nairobi.
"The [Bangladesh] board's cricket committee has decided to cut the team, that's why Alok [Kapali] and Javed [Omar] will return home on the next available flight," Mahmudur Rahman, BCB chief executive, told The Daily Star. "The team management also thought that a 14-member squad was good enough for three games after Tushar Imran left today to join the team."
Omar scored just 24 runs in the first three ODIs against Zimbabwe and was dropped for the last two games while Kapali played only the first and fourth games and contributed 33 runs and no wickets. Faruque Ahmed, the chief selector, said that their poor form was another reason why they were being sent back to Bangladesh.
"The cricket committee asked the selectors to cut the team and we chose Alok and Javed as their present performance gave us an impression that there was hardly any necessity of their services in Kenya," said Faruque. "The authority took the financial matter in their consideration to cut down the side."
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