Uncapped pacer named in BD squad

May 28, 2008

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DHAKA, May 27: Bangladesh named uncapped pace bowler Dollar Mahmud on Tuesday in a 14-man squad for next month’s One-day International series with India and Pakistan.

Bangladesh also recalled wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim and batsman Mehrab Hossain Jr for the tri-series which they begin against Pakistan in Dhaka on June 8. The final, also in Dhaka, is on June 14.

Middle-order batsman Shakib Al Hasan and pace bowler Syed Rasel, who played in April’s series in Pakistan, were omitted from the latest squad. Shakib is taking academic examinations and Rasel is injured.

Opener Junaid Siddique and wicket-keeper Dhiman Ghosh have been dropped.

Reserve days have been arranged in case monsoon rains disrupt the matches. Meteorologists said monsoons were likely to spread across Bangladesh by the second week of June.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will add left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain to that line-up in a 15-man squad for the six-nation Asia Cup in Pakistan from June 24 to July 6.

Bangladesh are in Group ‘A’ with Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. Group ‘B’ comprises of Pakistan, India and Hong Kong.

Squad: Mohammad Ashraful (captain), Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Abdur Razzak, Farhad Reza, Shahriar Nafees, Nazimuddin, Roqibul Hassan, Shahadat Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehrab Hossain Jr, Dollar Mahmud.—Reuters