Bangladesh name three ODI new­com­ers for first NZ game

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Bangladesh yes­ter­day in­cluded three new­com­ers to the one-day in­ter­na­tional team in their squad for the first ODI against New Zealand on De­cem­ber 26.

Leg-spin­ning all-rounder Tan­veer Haider joined pace­man Subashis Roy and off-spin­ner Me­hedi Hasan in the 15-man squad for the game in Christchurch, the first of three.

Me­hedi and Subashis have played Tests for Bangladesh but have yet to make their de­but in ODIs. Me­hedi starred for Bangladesh in the Test se­ries against Eng­land in Oc­to­ber when he picked up 19 wick­ets in two matches, in­clud­ing 12 wick­ets in the sec­ond Test in Dhaka which Bangladesh won by 108 runs.

It was Bangladesh’s first Test win against a full-strength ma­jor op­po­nent and their eighth over­all in the game’s long­est form.

“We have kept the back­bone of a set­tled squad that has been very suc­cess­ful over the last two years,” chief se­lec­tor Min­hajul Abe­din told re­porters.

“But at the same time it is also im­por­tant to get play­ers in who we be­lieve have plenty of po­ten­tial to per­form at the high­est level.”

Bangladesh also in­cluded ace pace­man Mustafizur Rah­man, who has not played since un­der­go­ing surgery on his shoul­der in Au­gust. He will be given a chance to prove his fit­ness dur­ing a lim­ited-overs warm up match against a New Zealand XI in Whangarei today.

“If he can bowl at least seven overs we will in­clude him in the start­ing line-up for the first ODI,” Abe­din said. Bangladesh will play three ODIs, three Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als and two Tests against New Zealand in their first over­seas bi­lat­eral se­ries for two years.

Squad: Mashrafe Mor­taza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Im­rul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sab­bir Ra­haman, Mush­fiqur Rahim, Mah­mudul­lah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosad­dek Hos­sain, Rubel Hos­sain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rah­man, Me­hedi Hasan, Subashis Roy and Tan­veer Haider. — AFP

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