Dhaka, Apr 16 : Uncapped Abu Jayed right-arm pacer secured a place as Bangladesh named 15-man squad for the cricket World Cup on Tuesday Jayed’s inclusion came at the expense of fast bowler Taskin Ahmed, who had missed the New Zealand tour with an ankle injury.
Ahmed also doesn't feature in the 17-member squad that has been announced for the tri-series against Ireland and West Indies that takes place before the World Cup. So far, Jayed has played five Tests since making his debut in July 2018, but is yet to earn an ODI cap. Javed’s ability to swing the ball should make him handy, as he showed during the Tests in New Zealand.
Apart from Jayed, Mosaddek Hossain has also been included in the squad. The middle-order batsman last played for Bangladesh in the 2018 Asia Cup. However, his poor performances in the tournament led to him getting dropped for the subsequent ODI series against Zimbabwe, although Steve Rhodes, the head coach, had said at the time that Hossain continued to figure prominently in Bangladesh’s plans for the World Cup.
Hossain will provide the back-up all-rounder option, with Mahmudullah still recovering from a shoulder injury that was aggravated during the New Zealand tour. Bangladesh will kick off their World Cup campaign on June 2, against South Africa at the Oval.
Squad for World Cup: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed (UNI)