Bangladesh call up uncapped fast bowler for New Zealand

Taskin Ahmed

Taskin Ahmed

The Bangladesh ODI squad will leave Dhaka in batches over the coming days, depending on the cricketers' appearances in the BPL. Islam replaces the injured Taskin Ahmed, who suffered an ankle injury in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League in the match between Sylhet Sixers and Chittagong Vikings. Ebadat played four matches for Sylhet Sixers and took five wickets.

Shafiul has not played an ODI since October 2016, and in two Tests and a T20 in the intervening period, he has taken only two wickets.

Bangladesh, on Tuesday, knocked Ebadot Hossain's door for this month's Test series against New Zealand.

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Shafiul has played in 56 ODIs for Bangladesh, with his last engagement being in Oct 2016 against England in Chattogram.

Bangladesh ODI squad for New Zealand tour: Masrafe Bin Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan (Vice-Captain), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Liton Kumar Das, Soumya Sarker, Mushfiqur Rahim, Md Mithun, Mahmud Ullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Md Shaifuddin, Nayeem Hasan, Shafiul Islam. He remains the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 22 scalps. "Shafiul will come into the ODI side as he is in fine form in BPL and he is also experienced", said Minhajul Abedin who is the chief selector. The Test players will leave later, as the two-day practice match in Lincoln is will be played on February 24-25.

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