Bangladesh drop Mashrafe, Shakib returns for West Indies ODIs


Karachi: Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has been left out of the team’s preliminary squad for the upcoming series against the West Indies while Shakib-ul-Hasan returns after serving his one-year suspension.

The 37-year old pacer who is Bangladesh’s most capped ODI player, captained his country in 88 ODIs before stepping down in March 2020 following a 3-0 home victory over Zimbabwe.

“It was a tough decision for us but we have to accept the reality and move ahead,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin said while announcing the 24-man squad.

“It’s a new beginning, and whoever comes in his place, it’s an opportunity for him,” he added.

Note, Windies are due to tour Bangladesh for three ODIs and two Tests and will arrive in Dhaka on January 10.

Preliminary squad for ODI series: Tamim Iqbal Khan, Taskin Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Al Amin Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Md. Shoriful Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Hasan Mahmud, Md Mithun, Saif Uddin, Liton Kumer Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Md Mahmud Ullah, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Taijul Islam, Musaddek Hossain Saikat, Nasum Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Parvez Hossain Emon, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mahadi Hasan, Naim Sheikh, Rubel Hossain.

Preliminary squad for Test series: Momimul Haque Showrab, Taskin Ahmed, Tamim Iqbal Khan, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Md Mithun, Taijul Islam, Liton Kumer Das, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Shadman Islam, Mohammed Saif Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury.

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