Bangladesh named unchanged final 15-man World Cup squad

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector, Minhajul Abedin Nannu denies all the questions about changes in the squad as Bangladesh will go to England for World Cup with the same 15-man squad which they announced a month ago.


The chief selector expressed his satisfactions about the Tri-nation series win in Ireland almost a week ago and also insisted that the selectors were happy with the performances of the main 15. So they decided not to shuffle anyone in the squad.

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“There is much certainty on and inside the 15-member squad as of now in England,” Minhajul Abedin Nannu said. “Everybody in the squad has demonstrated that they are fit for performing at the most elevated stage, which is the reason we selected them in the first place.

“And the team effort comes from the team spirit. When there are performers in playing XI and out of the XI, it’s a good sign for a team. It’s possible to use what it needed for the team’s performance and its success. It’s a relief for a team that there are performers in the bench,”

Later, BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan confirmed the news. “We are not making any change in World Cup squad,” Akram Khan said. He also informed that they would only change a player if in the main squad someone gets injured. Otherwise they will go with the same squad. The last date of the final team submission is May 23 fixed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

There raised some questions about the selection when the selectors of Bangladesh announced the 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. One of the big issue was the selection of uncapped Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi then. It was getting bigger when Taskin Ahmed was picked for the Ireland Tri-nation series. But Rahi made his selection justifiable when he picked up 5 wickets just in his career’s second ODI. So the performance convinced the selectors easily and they stick with him.

The majority of the members from Bangladesh World Cup squad were at present in Leicester, England for their one week preparing camp and for the second back to back day they proceeded with their training at Grace Road.

Bangladesh will play two warm-up games against Pakistan and India ahead of the World Cup preparation on May 26 and May 28. They will begin their World Cup tournament against South Africa on June 2 at the Oval.

Bangladesh’s final 15-man World Cup squad:

Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed.

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