Tigers squad for T20 World Cup declared
Bangladesh have included all-rounder Farhad Reza in the squad to strengthen their batting reserves for the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, the country’s cricket board said on Thursday.
Reza, 26, replaced paceman Nazmul Hossain, who was part of a Bangladesh Twenty20 squad that toured Europe last month.
“We included Reza for Nazmul as we needed to strengthen our batting,” chief selector Akram Khan said.
“Hopefully his inclusion will give our batting depth, something which we were lacking on our recent tours.”
Bangladesh whitewashed Ireland 3-0 in July but ended the tour on a sour note, losing to both Scotland and the Netherlands.
The Twenty20 World Cup will be held in Sri Lanka from Sept 18-Oct 7.
Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah (vice-capt), Tamim Iqbal, Junaed Siddique, Jahirul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Farhad Reza, Shafiul Islam, Ziaur Rahman, Abul Hasan
The Daily Star: The national selectors made only one change when they recalled all-rounder Farhad Reza in the 15-member Bangladesh squad for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka from September 18.
Farhad replaced right-arm paceman Nazmul Hossain in the team that will also participate in an invitational T20 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago in early September under the banner of BCB XI.
Farhad played in the Zimbabwe tour but was ignored for the Europe trip where Mushfiqur Rahim’s men won four T20 Internationals out of six.
The all-round abilities of Farhad led the selectors to recall him in an otherwise settled team.
Bangladesh will take on New Zealand on September 21 before meeting Pakistan on September 25 in the ICC World Twenty20. Both matches will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.