Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) has announced the preliminary squad for the upcoming West-Indies ODI and Test series in 2021.This is the first international series for Bangladesh cricket in 2021 after suspending all kinds of cricket due to Covid-19 lockdown.It is an interesting preliminary squad as Shakib is back after his suspension issue and the former Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza has been dropped from the squad for the first time in his career for the performance.
Significance of this Series:
Bangladesh will face the world champion West-Indies in the next two months in ODI and Test series.The importance of this series is huge for Bangladesh cricket for two reasons.First of all,the cricket will come back in Bangladesh with this series.The Bangladeshi fans are waiting eagerly for international cricket in Bangladesh.It will be an exciting one for the fans as the world champion West-Indies are the rivals for the first series after the lockdown.So,it is crystal clear that this series will take place with great importance for Bangladesh cricket and Bangladeshi fans.Secondly,the most important significance is that the inclusion of the world’s number one all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan and the exclusion of the great leader of Bangladesh cricket Masrafe Bin Mortaza from the squad.Shakib is coming back in international cricket and giving the proper opportunity to the young platers,Mash has been dropped out.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board have named former Test and T20I captain number one all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in the preliminary ODI and Test squads, meaning the 33-year-old will soon make his comeback to international cricket for the Bangladesh side.The left- hander’s one-year ICC ban ended in October last year.He had served as Bangladesh’s Test and T20I captain before his ICC ban, which terminated on October 29,2020.In 2019, Shakib was handed a ban for branching the regulations and codes of ICC’s anti-corruption unit.Before attending this series,Shakib came back in competitive cricket last year in Bangabandhu T20 Cup following one year ban from international cricket.His come back was ended abruptly as he failed to play the final for his emergency.The 33 year old failed to impress the long-waiting fans and the board with his ordinary performance.He did not show any standout performance.The all rounder did his as usual performance as a bowler with an economic rate of 6,conceding only 204 runs from 34 overs altogether.But in terms of picking wickets Shakib failed to show his performance and picked only 6 wickets.As a batsman, Shakib failed to create impact on the field. In total 9 innings he scored only 110 runs with an average of 12.22 and a strike rate of 120.87.
The former skipper,great leader,highest wicket taker in ODI cricket for Bangladesh team Mash has been dropped out for the first time in his career for the performance and fitness issue.The BCB have told that they might be looking forward and now focusing on building a new and perfect pool of players for the future and upcoming 2023 world cup.
“We respect him (Mortaza), he has done a lot for the country. I have spoken to him in detail, so there’s not going to be any misunderstanding. It was tough but we have to consider the reality and keep looking forward,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNCricinfo’. “We took a combined decision after long discussions with team management, and considering everything (decided to) to put off Mashrafe.
“We didn’t leave anything out. Everyone participated in the discussion including the fitness trainer and bowling coach. For the player who replaces him, it will be a fresh start. We have to expose our young players,” he added. In recent Mash’s performance is not so good in the international arena .But in the last Bangabandhu T20 Cup,the most inspiring leader showed his calibre in the semi-final stage.he took a 5 wicket haul for Gemcon Khulna and was the Man of the match.
About the decision,Mash cleared his view.Mashrafe told kaler Kantho,“I have taken it professionally.It was not a surprise for myself and my family.Everything has an end.I am sure everything was considered before taking the decision.’’
He added,“I have mentioned my retirement thoughts before.I will keep playing as long as my mind and body are going well.I don’t know what awaits me.I won’t play cricket after I retire.i am 37 years old.I will leave cricket one day.’’
About the squad:
The BCB’s Chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu explained that due to the lockdown and Bio-Bubble situation, they are going to pick extra 2 players in the squad.They are planning for the young players for sure and want to give enough chance to the young blood keeping the 2023 ODI World Cup as the immediate goal.
Minhaju highlighted that he and the selector panel are extremely impressed with the performance of the young players in Bangabandhu T20 Cup.Abedin said in the press conference,“We are impressed with the performance of the young players.We are giving chance to them.’’
He added,“we are focused on the 2023 World Cup.We have a lot of ODIs in this year and in the next 2-3 years.In all formats,we will have a lot of matches,which is why we made a bigger pool.’’
The selected players will play 2 warm up matches on January 14 and 16.They are going to take part in the training camp in the next week.
Bangladesh’s preliminary ODI squad: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Momimul Haque, Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Yasir Ali, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain
Bangladesh have also named a 20-man Test squad for the upcoming 2-match series, from February 3 to February 15, which will succeed the 3 ODIs.
Bangladesh’s Preliminary Test squad: Momimul Haque Showrab, Taskin Ahmed, Tamim Iqbal Khan, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Md Mithun, Taijul Islam, Litton Kumer Das, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Shadman Islam, Mohammed Saif Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury.