Bangladesh will rest batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for the T20I series of three matches against Pakistan starting in Dhaka on Friday. Mushfiqur has been under fire for his understated performance lately T20 World Cup, after scoring just one half-century in eight games. Bangladesh had a sad tournament, where they lost to Scotland in the qualifiers and could not win a single match in the Super 12 phase. They were forced to make at least six changes to the squad for the upcoming series, with versatile players Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin excluded due to injury.
Batsmen Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar were left out for the series against the World Cup semi-finals, as well as fast bowler Rubel Hossain.
Those recalled to the side include batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto and leg spinner Aminul Islam Biplob.
There were also first T20 calls for under-19 World Cup winning captain Akbar Ali – a wicketkeeper – batsmen Saif Hassan and Yasir Ali Chowdhury, and pass bowler Shohidul Islam.
Mahmudullah Riyad was retained as captain despite the poor World Cup performance.
The second and third Twenty20 matches against Bangladesh will be held on 20 and 22 November in Dhaka.
The matches will be day-night games, with fans returning to the gallery in Bangladesh for the first time since March 2020.
Pakistan will also play two Test matches during their visit to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh team: Mahmudullah Riyadh (captain), Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Saif Hassan, Yasul Ali, Akbarh Islam Ali.
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