Mortaza Misses Out As Bangladesh Name Squad
Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has missed out on a place in Bangladesh's World Cup squad following the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) deicision to leave him out of their 15-man squad.
Bangladesh, who co-host the tournament alongside India and Sri Lanka, open their campaign against India on 19th February in Dhaka.
Mortaza has struggled with injuries and has been replaced as full-time captain by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. The left-hander will lead the side as Bangladesh bid to build on their performance in 2007, where they beat India and South Africa in reaching the Super Eight stage of the competition.
As expected, Bangladesh have loaded their squad with spinners - Shakib, Abdur Razzak, Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam and Suhrawadi Shuvo all providing slow-bowling options along with the leg-spin of batsman Mohammad Ashraful.
They also play England, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa and the West Indies in Group B of the competition.
Bangladesh World Cup squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Abdur Razzak, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Roqibul Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahriar Nafees, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Tamim Iqbal
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