Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced their team of 15 men on Friday for next month’s ICC T20 World Cup for men. Experienced fast bowler Rubel Hossain was a notable omission because he was dropped to the reserve list.
Rubel did not manage to cut in the last fifteen, although he was present in the group during the continued home series New Zealand. The 31-year-old pacer, who has played 28 T20Is so far, last played for his national team in April this year.
Well, in some ways this will be the beginning of a new era for Bangladesh, with a veteran opener Tamim Iqbal to withdraw the tournament to give the youngsters a chance to shine. Tamim was the top scorer (295 at 73.75) for the Tigers in the 2016 World T20. In his place, openers Naim Sheikh and Liton Das will both impress.
21-year-old versatile player Shamim Hossain and 20-year-old seam bowler Foreign Islam, which was part of the Bangladeshi team that won the ICC Cricket World Cup under 19 in early 2020, will now take part in the 2020 T20 World Cup.
Mahmudullah’s Bangladesh is next in Group B Oman, Papua New Guinea and Scotland and will qualify for the Super 12 innings if they finish among the top two in their group.
Bangladesh take on Scotland in their first match on 17 October.
Team: Mahmudullah (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Liton Kumar Das, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Naim, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Hasoran Islam, Hasoran Islam, Hasoran
Reserves: Aminul Islam, Rubel Hossain.