After an early exit from T20 World Cup 2022, Bangladesh will be up against Team India in their maiden white-ball assignment as the neighbors will cross swords in the three-match ODI series.
Bangladesh Cricket Board named a 16-man squad for the upcoming three-match 50-over series against India as the prolific allrounder Shakib Al-Hasan makes his way into the ODI squad. For personal reasons, Shakib did not travel to Zimbabwe, where Bangladesh last played an ODI series.
The veteran allrounder missed the last series against Zimbabwe in August, and the visitors lost the T20 and ODI series. Prior to the Zimbabwe series, Shakib played an instrumental role as the South Asian nation clinched a historic victory over South Africa in South Africa.
Bangladesh later sealed its first ODI series triumph on South African soil by 2-1. All-rounder Mosaddek Hossain, pace bowler Shoriful Islam, and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam were all dropped from the squad. Explaining the inclusion of Shakib Al Hasan in the squad, Minhajul Abedin claimed that the return of the prolific all-rounder of the squad would bolster Bangladesh's ODI squad.
"India is a strong side, but we are hopeful of our chance because we will play at home. This squad could challenge India. This will be India's first bilateral series in Bangladesh since 2015 when the home side won 2-1. The teams will also engage in a two-Test match series," Minhajul Abedin said.
The bilateral contest will kick start with the ODI series as the first match is scheduled for December 4 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. The red-ball series will begin on December 14 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.
Bangladesh Squad: Tamim Iqbal (captain), Liton Das, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Nasum Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nurul Hasan Sohan.