Dhaka: Bangladesh recalled Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, Soumya Sarkar, and Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan for the first two of the three upcoming ODIs against New Zealand in Dhaka next week.
Wary of managing the workloads of several key players ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup, which will get underway in India next month, Bangladesh have decided them in the first two ODIs against New Zealand.
Swashbuckling keeper-batsman Litton Das will lead the side in the absence of regular captain Shakib Al Hasan, who has been rested. Among the other key players rested are Mushfiqur Rahim, all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz and the pace battery of Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud and Shoriful Islam.
Despite several key names missing, Bangladesh will not go into the series short on experience as the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar and Nurul Hasan Sohan will mark their return to the limited-overs setup.
The Tigers have called up three uncapped players — southpaw Zakir Hasan, pacer Khaled Ahmed and leg-spinner Rishad Hossain. They could all be in line for debuts during the ODI series.
Naim Sheikh, Afif Hossain and Shamim Hossain were players from the Asia Cup squad to have missed out.
Bangladesh ODI squad
Litton Das (captain and wk), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Anamul Haque (wk), Tawhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustxafizur Rahman, Tanzim Hasan, Tanzid Hasan, Zakir Hasan (wk), Rishad Hossain and Khaled Ahmed.