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Rubel Hossain

Bangladesh recall Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam to T20I squad

Bangladesh news

Following their 25-run defeat to Afghanistan in their second match of the ongoing tri-series, Bangladesh have decided to make several personnel changes for the remainder of the series.

Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam, the two experienced fast bowlers, have been recalled as part of the revamp. Meanwhile, they've dropped the axe on Soumya Sarkar, who hasn't had a great run of form recently.

They've also left out off-spinner Mahedi Hasan as well as fast bowlers Abu Hider and Yeasin Arafat, who were yet to feature in any of Bangladesh's two games so far.

Youngsters Najmul Hossain, Aminul Islam and Mohammad Naim, none of whom are more than 21 years old, have been drafted in as part of the shake up.

Left-handed batsman Najmul has represented Bangladesh in a handful of games, but none in the shortest format. Leg-spinning all-rounder Aminul and opening batsman Naim are yet to wear Bangladesh colours across formats.

Rubel, 29, has played 27 T20Is for Bangladesh, the last of which came in August 2018. The 29-year-old has been a touch expensive in the shortest format, and has a chance to make amends. Shafiul, also 29, last played a T20I in late 2017.

After three matches, Bangladesh are second in the points table, sandwiched between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Their top order had endured a failure against Zimbabwe as well, but a belligerent half-century from Atif Hossain saved them the blushes in that game. The next game is on Wednesday, 18 September, against Zimbabwe.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Naim Shaikh, Aminul Islam, Najmul Hossain