Tamim Iqbal, the regular skipper, has returned to the ODI squad for the upcoming home series against England, the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed on Thursday (February 16) while announcing the squad for the first two games.
Live Cricket Score reports that Tamim was previously ruled out of both the Tests and ODIs against India due to a groyne injury, and his last appearance for the national side came more than six months ago in an ODI in Harare. The 33-year-old played in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League but was rested for his team’s final two games in preparation for the England series. The selectors have included uncapped batsman Towhid Hridoy in the squad based on his performances in the BPL, while Taijul Islam has also made a comeback to the 50-over squad.
Yasir Ali, Anamul Haque, Nurul Hasan, and Nasum Ahmed, all members of the ODI squad for the India series, did not make the cut. While Nurul and Anamul were excluded on the basis of their form, chief selector Minhajul Abedin confirmed that Yasir’s chances of making it to the squad still remained alive. “We can still include one cricketer in our squad, and we will base that decision on the performance of the practice game, and we are trying to determine whether Yasir will be able to perform there or not,” Minhajul said. England will arrive on February 24 to play three ODIs and as many T20Is.