All-round star Shakib Al Hasan is set to return to international cricket after serving a year-long ban for failing to report a corrupt approach as he was part of Bangladesh’s 18-member squad for the upcoming round ODI against the West Indies from next week. .
The selectors also included uncapped players Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud and Mahedi Hasan in the squad, led by Tamim Iqbal, for the three players for a day at home.
Since the ban, this will be the first international assignment for Shakib, who was previously named to the 24-man preliminary squad for the series.
The 33-year-old, who captained the test and Bangladesh’s T20I before his ban, made a return to competitive cricket by competing in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup in November last year.
Besides Shakib, sailors Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain have also made a comeback in the Bangladesh team.
“Naturally we are delighted to have Shakib Al Hasan back on the team as we all know he is a game-changer and we expect him to return to his best very soon,” the selector told Cricbuzz. Bangladeshi leader Minhajul Abedin.
“We picked Rubel Hossain because he played well in the national tournament while Taskin was injured earlier, but now that he’s in good shape and the way he’s playing we felt he deserved a chance.
Among the cricketers who were excluded from the squad included former captain Mashrafe Mortaza – he was also not considered for the provisional 24-man squad – Shafiul Islam, Al Amin Hossain and Naeem Sheikh.
Team: Tamim Iqbal (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Litton Das, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidyunudan Has, Mohammed Mithan , Shoriful Isla