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May 27, 2008
Bangladesh have recalled wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim and allrounder Mehrab Hossain jnr to their 14-member ODI squad for next month's tri-series, also featuring India and Pakistan, and the subsequent Asia Cup in Pakistan.
Dhiman Ghosh, who was Bangladesh's keeper for the recent one-day series against South Africa and Pakistan, and opener Junaid Siddique were dropped while uncapped fast bowler Dolar Mahmud was called up.
Rafiqul Alam, the chief selector, told a news conference in Mirpur that the injuries to Nazmul Hossain and Syed Rasel boosted Mahmud's selection, in addition to his good showing in the domestic circuit.
"Nazmul was our first choice but he was declared unfit due to a groin injury and Rasel has yet to recover from his ankle injury," Alam said. "Dolar was the best available replacement for us because of his impressive showing with the Under-19s and in the domestic tournaments."
Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was Bangladesh's most impressive player in the ODIs against Pakistan, opted out of the series to attend his academic examinations while left-arm fast bowler Syed Rasel misses out due to injury.
Alam said Mushfiqur's good form with the bat in the domestic competitions earned him a recall. "It was bad luck for Dhiman because Mushfiqur did exactly what was needed after being left out of the side," Alam said. "We had no choice but to pick Mushfiqur considering the team combination after Shakib left a huge vacuum in the top order."
Left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain is the only addition to the 14 named for the tri-series for Bangladesh's 15-member squad for the six-nation Asia Cup series in Pakistan from June 24 to July 6. Bangladesh are in Group A with Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates while Group B comprises India, Pakistan and Hong Kong.
Bangladesh also announced their A-team squads for the forthcoming tours of Ireland and England.
Squad for tri-nation series: Mohammad Ashraful (capt), Mashrafe Mortaza (vice-capt), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Abdur Razzak, Farhad Reza, Shahriar Nafees, Nazimuddin, Raqibul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mehrab Hossain (jnr), Dolar Mahmud. Reserves: Junaid Siddique, Dhiman Ghosh, Rubel Hossain, Alok Kapali, Mosharraf Hossain
Asia Cup squad: Mohammad Ashraful (capt), Mashrafe Mortaza (vice-capt), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Abdur Razzak, Farhad Reza, Shahriar Nafees, Nazimuddin, Raqibul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mehrab Hossain jnr, Dolar Mahmud, Mosharraf Hossain. Reserves: Junaid Siddique, Dhiman Ghosh, Rubel Hossain, Alok Kapali, Naeem Islam.
Bangladesh A squad to Ireland: Junaid Siddique (capt), Imrul Kayes , Shamsur Rahman, Alok Kapali, Jahurul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Naeem Islam, Dhiman Ghosh, Rubel Hossain, Syed Rasel, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Mahbubul Alam, Arafat Sunny, Nazmul Hossain
Bangladesh A squad to England: Junaid Siddique (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Alok Kapali, Rajin Saleh, Mosharraf Hossain, Sajidul Islam, Dolar Mahmud, Nazmul Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Syed Rasel, Shakib Al Hasan
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