Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam Apu has been called up into Bangladesh squad for two T20Is against Sri Lanka that starts from Thursday. He replaces regular captain Shakib Al Hasan. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ প্রথম টি-টোয়েন্টির জন্য সাকিবের বদলি ঘোষণা]
Shakib was firstly named in the T20I squad but he later announced that he won’t be playing the series with finger injury. He is expected to return to cricket in two weeks time.
The selectors have decided to pick Nazmul Islam, the left-arm bowler who has been successful in Bangladesh Premier League. He has picked 37 wickets at an economy rate of 6.99 in 50 matches in his T20 career.
Nazmul was in Bangladesh’s 32-member preliminary squad which was announced in December last year. Now, Bangladesh have six new faces in the squad.
Meanwhile, Mahmudullah Riyad will also be leading in the T20Is. To be mentioned, there was no vice-captain for Bangladesh in T20Is.
Mahmudullah has been one of Bangladesh’s best T20 captains over the years. He led Chittagong Kings and Barisal Bulls to BPL Finals in 2013 and 2015. He took Khulna Titans to top four in 2016 and 2017 editions.
The first of the two T20Is between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be played on February 15 at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Sylhet will host the second T20I on February 18.
Bangladesh T20I squad: Mahmudullah Riyad (captain),Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Haider Rony, Abu Jayed Rahi, Ariful Haque, Mahedi Hasan, Zakir Hasan, Afif Hossain, Nazmul Islam Apu.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com