BCB announces ODI squad to face Zimbabwe

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PNS Desk: The BCB Thursday announced the 15-man squad for the three-match ODI home series against Zimbabwe. All-rounder Saifuddin made a comeback to the ODI squad while Fazle Rabbi got his maiden call-up to the national team.

Bangladesh are dealing with injuries as opener Tamim Iqbal is suffering from hand fracture and all-rounder Shakib al Hasan is nursing infection in his injured little left finger.

ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza and middle-order batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah also suffered injuries during the Asia Cup in the UAE.

It was expected that Tamim and Shakib would not be picked due to the severe nature of their injuries.

But the other three – Mashrafe, Mushfiq and Mahmudullah – are on the road to recovery ahead of the Zimbabwe series, and eventually they have been picked for the upcoming series. Meanwhile, Saifuddin scripted a return to the squad after last playing an ODI against Sri Lanka in January this year. He has played three ODIs for Bangladesh so far.

Rabbi on the other hand will be making his debut after playing 80 List A matches, scoring 2200 runs in 76 innings at an average of 30.98 and strike rate of 71.7.

Batsmen Mosaddek Hossain and Mominul Haque were overlooked from the squad after appearing in the Asia Cup.

The first ODI will be held at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on October 21 while the second and third ODI will take place in Chittagong's Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium on October 24 and 26 respectively.

All the three ODIs will be day-night affairs.


Mashrafe bin Mortaza (C), Liton Kumar Das, Imrul Kayes, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Abu Haider Rony, Saifuddin and Fazle Rabbi

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