predictable 23-member preliminary squad was named yesterday for the upcoming West Indies series to be held next month.
Mushfiqur Rahim will have all the players who toured Zimbabwe at his disposal while a few who returned will appease the new skipper as he takes over.
Alok Kapali, Naeem Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Rokibul Hasan, Syed Rasel, Elias Sunny and Sahagir Hossain were all named among the probables, signalling hope among some of these performers of being picked.
Chief among them would be paceman Shahadat who missed the Zimbabwe series after breaking his foot in a freak incident in Cox’s Bazar while Naeem’s century during the BCB Cup has earned him a spot.
The inclusion of Sunny could also be seen as a sign from the selectors to shake up the spin department with Abdur Razzak having offered very little against Zimbabwe.
After the BCB Cup concludes today, the Tigers will play a four-day game, two one-dayers and a Twenty20 to prepare for the West Indies series.
Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Mahmudullah Riyad (vice-captain), Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Ashraful, Junaed Siddiqui, Shakib Al Hasan, Alok Kapali, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nasir Hossain, Naeem Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Shuvogoto Hom Chowdhury, Sohrawardi Shuvo, Rokibul Hasan, Syed Rasel, Robiul Islam, Elias Sunny, Sahagir Hossain.
-With The Daily Star input