Liton Das recalled to Bangladesh ODI training group ahead of Asia Cup

Asia Cup 2018

Bangladesh have announced an initial 31-man roster ahead of the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

23-year old Liton Das is back in contention for an opening berth having not been picked since October 2017.

The left-hander’s destructive and series-clinching 32-ball 61 in the deciding match of the recent T20I series against the West Indies was perhaps the catalyst for his inclusion.

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Liton Das brought up his maiden T20I fifty in the victorious T20I series-decider against West Indies, scoring 61 off just 32

Top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar has also been recalled to the squad after a 10-month hiatus from the ODI side, his previous exploits include an unbeaten 127 against Pakistan in 2015 that guided his side to a famous eight-wicket victory. Mominul Haque is also recalled after an absence of over three years following a blistering 182 from 133 against Ireland A less than a week prior to the squad announcement.

The 2018 Asia Cup will be played between 16 and 26 September. Bangladesh are pooled with Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, while India and Pakistan will share a group with a the winner of the Asia Cup Qualifier- Oman, Malaysia, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong and Nepal will fight it out for the final spot.

The winners and runners-up of both groups will go into a Super Four, where the top two will go up against each other in the final in Dubai.

31-man squad

Masrafe Bin Mortaza
Shakib Al Hasan
Tamim Iqbal Khan
Imrul Kayes
Anamul Haque Bijoy
Mushfiqur Rahim
Mahmud Ullah
Soumya Sarkar
Shabbir Rahaman Roman
Shaif Uddin
Mustazifur Rahman
Musaddek Hossain Saikat
Liton Kumer Das
Abu Hider Rony
Nazmul Islam Apup
Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Mominul Haque Showrab
Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan
Rubel Hossain
Ariful Haque
Aby Jayed Chowdhury Rahi
Najmul Hossain Shanto
Shoriful Islam
Taijul Islam
Nayeem Hasan
Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Syed Khaled Ahmed
Mohammad Zakir Hasan
Sunzamal Islam
Mohammad Mithun
Fazle Rabbi Mahmud