The Bangladesh Cricket Board has made changes to their T20I roster for the forthcoming three-match home series against India, excluding veterans Jahanara Alam and Fargana Hoque, among others. Salma Khatun, an experienced spinner and Bangladesh’s top T20I wicket-taker rested for the Sri Lanka series, is back in the 16-member team that was recently named.
Live Cricket Score reports that only one of the three T20Is in Sri Lanka saw Jahanara, the fourth-highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the shortest format, play. The hosts also boast uncapped opening batter Shathi Rani, who was recognised for her 254 runs scored in the recently concluded women’s premier league with an average of 50.80 and a strike rate of 151.19.
Hoque, who ranks second in the nation for T20I runs, and two other players from the team that toured Sri Lanka, Lata Mondal and Faria Islam Trishna, have been nominated as standbys for the series.
In the meantime, the shortest format saw a return from Dilara Akter and Marufa Akter. On Wednesday, July 6, the Indian team is due to arrive in Dhaka in preparation for three ODIs and as many T20Is at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The three T20I matches are scheduled for July 9, 11, and 13, and the three ODI matches are scheduled for July 16, 19, and 22, respectively.