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Imrul Kayes replaces Tamim Iqbal for Asia Cup

Imrul Kayes replaces Tamim Iqbal for Asia Cup
Imrul Kayes replaces Tamim Iqbal for Asia Cup
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Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal will not take part in the upcoming Asia Cup as he has been granted paternal leave for the birth of his first child and has been replaced in the squad by Imrul Kayes.

Kayes, who has played only seven Twenty20 Internationals in his career, last played in the format for Bangladesh against Zimbabwe in Khulna in January.

With 312 runs from 12 matches in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Kayes was the second highest scorer in the tournament, only behind Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara. 

Apart from the inclusion of Kayes in the place of Iqbal, Bangladesh have retained the same set of players who were earlier picked for the World T20 tournament. 

The 2016 Asia Cup will be played in the T20I format and will get underway on 19th February with Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Oman playing a qualifying round.

The team which tops the qualifying round will advance into the main round and play alongside India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to battle for the title.

Bangladesh's Asia Cup campaign gets underway with a clash against India on the 24th of February at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Bangladesh squad for Asia Cup:

Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan 

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