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Anamul, Sabbir named in BCB XI to face Afghanistan

Imrul Kayes was among the seven players from Bangladesh's ODI pool who were named in the BCB XI squad to face Afghanistan AFP

The BCB has picked seven members from Bangladesh's ODI pool in the BCB XI squad that will take on Afghanistan in their only warm-up game on September 23. The one-day match, which will be held in Fatullah, will be the visitors' only chance to gauge local conditions ahead of their three-match ODI series that is being held a few weeks before the usual time for Bangladesh's home season.

The national selectors picked Imrul Kayes, Anamul Haque, Mossadek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Subashis Roy, Mehedi Hasan and Alauddin Babu from the 20-man pool that has been training together since September 18. At least some of these seven players could also find themselves in the ODI squad for the first two matches against Afghanistan.

The selectors will be submitting the squad to the BCB president on Wednesday, and the squad announcement is likely to be made the following day.

From the other six players picked for this match, Liton Kumar and Kamrul Islam Rabbi should make the chance count since Bangladesh have a busy schedule ahead. Liton was a regular in 2015, especially in ODIs, but couldn't even make a half-century. Rabbi, on the other hand, was picked later in 2015, but didn't make his international debut to show his pace bowling prowess. Both Liton and Rabbi do not feature in the ODI pool.