Farhad Reza is the only notable inclusion in Bangladesh’s 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. He replaces fast-bowler Nazmul Hossain from the squad that toured Europe, playing matches against Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands.
Chief selector Akram Khan said Farhad's all-round abilities led him to be picked. "We said ahead of the Zimbabwe tour [in June] that 90% of the team would be the same. We made one change to the squad that toured Europe by bringing in Farhad in place of Nazmul. Farhad gives us a batting option down the order apart along with his role as a seamer."
A slight worry for Bangladesh is the fitness of influential all-rounder and former captain Shakib Al Hasan, who is still recovering from a knee injury which forced him to miss the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League. It is understood that he has begun to bowl in the nets and is working with newly-appointed spin consultant Saqlain Mushtaq.
Bangladesh’s first match in the World Twenty20 is against New Zealand on 21st September, although they will compete in a quadrangular tournament in Trinidad & Tobago before then as preparation for the event. They will compete there under the banner of Bangladesh Cricket Board XI.
Bangladesh squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain, wicket-keeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Abul Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Jahurul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Ziaur Rahman, Abdur Razzak, Farhad Reza, Junaid Siddique, Elias Sunny.
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