Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30. Mashrafe Mortaza will be leading the side in the world’s biggest ICC tournament while Shakib Al Hasan will serve as his deputy.
Mortaza will be playing his fourth ODI World Cup. The squad also features surprise picks in Mosaddek Hossain and Abu Jayed.
Hossain, along with his batting can chip in with his off-breaks but Jayed is yet to make his debut in ODIs. However, Jayed had impressed everyone with his swing bowling during the Tests in New Zealand last month.
Meanwhile, Shakib’s return to the ODI set-up means Bangladesh’s senior core including him, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mortaza and Mahmudullah remains intact. The likes of Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar and Jayed are all aged 25 or younger and form the core of the youth in this team.
Bangladesh will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Kennington Oval on June 2. Before that, they will play two practice matches against Pakistan and India on May 26 and 28, respectively.
Bangladesh squad for the 2019 World Cup:
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed.