The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has reshuffled their Bangladesh Asia Cup squad ahead of the crucial Asia Cup 2022 that is scheduled to start on 27th August in the United Arab Emirates. Bangladesh is placed in Group A alongside Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Notably, Mohammed Naim has been inducted into the side after a sizzling performance for Bangladesh A on the recently concluded tour to West Indies. Naim displayed a stalwart show consisting of classical and elegant shots throughout the field.
Mohammed Naim, 23, is a versatile left-handed batsman who has played for the national side across all three formats. Naim has made 34 T-20I appearances for Bangladesh and scored 809 runs with an average of 24.5.
Meanwhile, veteran wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan Hosan and paceman Hasan Mahmud have been ruled out of the series after sustaining injuries at the recently concluded training and series. Both the regular national players were originally included in the primary squad for the Asian triumph.
Hasan Mahmud suffered a ligament injury on his right ankle at a training session on August 20. After an initial examination, Hasan has been advised to stay off the field for a brief period of three weeks. Nurul Hasan Sohan had undergone surgery on his left index finger in Singapore last month and will likely need more rest and time to recover.
Mohammed Naim will act as a genuine replacement for Nurul Hasan whereas selectors have shown faith in Hossain Emon in place of Mahmud.
Shakib Al Hasan has been named as the captain of the side. A number of key T-20 players including Mehidy Hasan, Anamul Haque, Mustafizur Rahman and Mushfiqur Rahim have been included in the side and will likely decide Bangladesh’s fate at the championship.
Here is Bangladesh Asia Cup squad:
Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Anamul Haque Bijoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammed Naim, Afif Hossain, Musaddek Hossain Saikat, Mahmud Ullah, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Shaif Uddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Shabbir Rahaman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Parvez Hossain Emon