15 March 2008
Bangladesh have announced a 14-man squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Ireland leaving out left arm seamer Syed Rasel and spinner Mosharraf Hossain from the squad that played against South Africa at a media conference on Saturday.
Middle order batsman Aftab Ahmed, who was sidelined after being struck by a Kallis bouncer in the second Test against South Africa, returned to the squad along with all-rounder Mahmudullah Riayd.
"Aftab is a mainstay in our middle-order and one of the more experienced members of the side. He has been declared hundred percent fit by the physio. His medium pace bowling will also be useful," said chief selector Rafiqul Alam.
"Riyad brings in a bit of variation as he bowls off-spin. He is also a capable batsman. Musharraf hasn't done what we expected from him against South Africa and Rasel I would say was unlucky as we could only pick a squad of 14. We have kept Shahadat Hossain as cover for Mashrafe Bin Mortaza but as we are playing at home we can always call up whoever we feel is needed and that could be Rasel even."
"We have gone for a team that has a lot of options in bowling, especially with the spin attack. The fact that batsmen like Shakib (Al Hasan) and Riyad can be considered as front-line spinners as well is an added advantage for us," added the chief selector.
Mohammad Ashraful (capt), Aftab Ahmed, Junaid Siddique, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (vice-capt), Roqibul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Dhiman Ghosh (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Farhad Reza, Abdur Razzak, Mahmudullah Riyad, Nazimuddin.