The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Thursday (April 20) announced a 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy in England and an 18-member squad for their tour of Ireland.
Among the 18 members who will contest the tri-nation series, starting May 12, wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan, all-rounder Nasir Hossain and paceman Subashish Roy will drop out of the squad for the Champions Trophy. The trio, alongside all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin, will be on standby for the eight-team Champions Trophy, beginning June 1.
After announcing the team, chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu said that because of having similar kinds of players for the same position, they had to keep all-rounder Nasir Hossain for last few series’. But now there’s again a void in the positio which paved the way for a place to bring Nasir back in the squad.
“In Nasir’s place, we had three players for the same spot; Sabbir, Mosaddek and Mahmudullah. Now that Sabbir has been promoted up the order to play at three, there’s one place, and that’s why we have brought Nasir back. From these three, we will pick two for No. 6 and 7. But now we have to prepare him accordingly. There’s huge gap between international and domestic cricket. So having him in the team also means to prepare him in the right way,” said Nannu.
What’s the necessity of preparing a player who has years of experience of playing in international cricket? According to Nannu, this is because he had been out of the team for a while.
“Nasir has not been touring with the team for almost a year. So we want to have him go through some specific process. He played well in the Emerging Cup. His performances in the domestic circuit too have been good. We have a conditioning camp in Sussex. Besides we also need to prepare him during the Ireland tour
“He will work with the team management. Because we are getting 10 days in England, we will see and work with him there. He has his previous experiences, so hopefully it won’t be long before he picks up his past rhythm yet again.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com