Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2017 April 1, 2017

Uncapped Mohammad Saifuddin in Bangladesh T20I squad

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Mohammad Saifuddin first caught the selectors' eye in the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 © ICC

Allrounder Mohammad Saifuddin has received a maiden-call up to the Bangladesh squad for the two-match T20I series against Sri Lanka in Colombo from April 4. The 16-member team also included offspinner Mehedi Hasan and left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam, who too were yet to represent their country in the shortest format.

Saifuddin, a 20-year old fast bowler and a handy left-handed lower-order batsman, was flown into Colombo last week to play in the practice match. He picked up nine wickets from nine matches in his first BPL season last year playing for Comilla Victorians. He has played more than twice as many games in first-class cricket for Chittagong, tallying 48 wickets at an average of 31.10, and has struck six fifties as well. He first caught the selectors' eye in the Under-19 World Cup which was held in Bangladesh in 2016.

Mushfiqur Rahim rounded off the list of players coming into the squad that last played against New Zealand in January. Mushfiqur had missed that series having sustained a hamstring injury. Mehedi too has done enough to become a regular fixture in Bangladesh's limited-overs teams while the uncapped Sunzamul received their first ODI call-ups during this Sri Lanka tour but is yet to get a game.

Fast bowler Rubel Hossain, offspinner Shuvagata Hom and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who had been part of the team in New Zealand, have been excluded.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  •   cricfan59501223 on April 3, 2017, 4:27 GMT

    Where is Mehedi Maruf? He was one of the best performers in the bpl.

  • cricfan98841 on April 2, 2017, 23:49 GMT

    @Mustafa Sarwari keep your dreams out and keep playing against Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ireland, Namibia, Uganda and maybe sometimes out of form West Indies

  • Foyzal Hoque on April 2, 2017, 21:47 GMT

    really need the fizz to fire otherwise we are getting thrashed, but at the same time i think pressure of expectation is weighing the fizz down more then post surgery fitness. Hope the others can put up a special effort and win without relying on the brilliance of the fizz.

  • Manik_mia on April 2, 2017, 11:09 GMT

    What ever is the selection expect to loose. SL is very strong in 20/20.

  • Manik_mia on April 2, 2017, 10:52 GMT

    In the last BPL highest wicket taker from BD was Shafiul, next was Rubel. Both of them are out. BPL has a lot of international players. So this should give a better measure for 20/20 selection. Sunzamul and Saifuddin both were much lower in the stats in last BPL. Their selection could be indication of young players being groomed for future. But I do not see whom they will drop to give them a chance. Do you thing Mehdi Hasan and Taskin will be dropped to take them in the team?

  •   cricfan15203840 on April 2, 2017, 5:46 GMT

    Aditya Tare, Mumbai Ranji Captain is in red hot form, he must play every match for DD, and results will be there. RD like to play Under Dogs and do shuffle a lot which sometimes is harmful for the team, one need to have settled 11 all understanding their roles. one team may loose 2 or 3 matches in the beginning but it benefits in the later stage. and shuffling doesn't help much.

  • Dhawala05 on April 2, 2017, 5:22 GMT

    Ban will be really lucky to have 2 t20s against SL bcz SL is in red hot form in this format and SL won 4 out of their last 5 t20s Mushfiquar need to fire in this series to beat SL at RPS

  • Manik_mia on April 2, 2017, 3:44 GMT

    Selectors job is to bring 16 players in the squad. Its the captain who makes choice for 11 in the team. So its Mash who is responsible for the final 11.

  • cricfan05620840 on April 2, 2017, 2:46 GMT

    Saifuddin doesn't have any good numbers really, he's just a fast bowling allrounder. Abu Jayed should've been picked as he performed better in the BPL by far.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 2, 2017, 0:42 GMT

    Sl will win t20 series , Bd batting too inconsistent . Mehedi Maruf should be given chance in t20 series and mahmudullah should be dropped

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