Shakib, Tamim back in ODI squad

Publish: 2:35 PM, December 2, 2018 | Update: 2:35:PM, December 2, 2018

DHAKA,- Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and star batsman Tamim Iqbal returned to the Bangladesh ODI team as the (BCB) Bangladesh Cricket Board on Sunday announced a 16-member squad for the three-match ODI series against West Indies starting from December 9 in Dhaka.

Both Shakib and Tamim missed Bangladesh’s previous ODI series against Zimbabwe in October, due to fitness problem.

Ace all rounder Shakib made his return from a finger injury by leading the Test side to a 2-0 win over West Indies. Tamim, who suffered multiple injuries, has taken longer. He had fractured wrist during the Asia Cup in
September and then missed the West Indies Tests due to a side strain. He was named in the BCB XI squad for a one-day practice match against the West Indians on December 6.

Their inclusions have forced Najmul Hossain Shanto and Fazle Mahmud out. Mahmud had made two ducks against Zimbabwe.

With the return of Tamim and Shakib, the Bangladesh team management will face a problem in deciding the top order batsmen. They will have to pick one out of Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das as Tamim’s opening partner, with Shakib set to bat at No. 3. Among the three contenders, Imrul had a good run recently, emerging as the top run-getter in the ODI series against Zimbabwe, scoring 349 runs in three matches with two centuries and a fifty.

Masrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarker, Litton Kumer Das, Shakib Al Hasan (vice captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul
Islam Apu, Md Mithun, Saif Uddin, Abu Hider Rony and Ariful Haque.