Mahmudullah returns to Tigers’ ODI squad


Bangladesh have made a few changes to their ODI squad ahead of the series against South Africa, which starts on Friday, recalling all-rounder Mahmudullah after he recovered from injury.

Mahmudullah had missed the just-concluded T20s, which the Proteas won, as well as the ODI series against India after fracturing his finger, but is now sufficiently on the mend.

Also recalled is batsman Anamul Haque, who had been missing in action since the World Cup in March, when he picked up a shoulder injury. Making way for these two players are Taskin Ahmed (still injured), Mominul Haque and Rony Talukdar.

The latter had made his debut in the second T20 on Tuesday, and just two hours later he was jettisoned. He had been in the ODI squads for Pakistan and India, but never got his chance.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said: "We think [Anamul Haque] Bijoy is in form. We need him for a particular position. We discussed with the team management before picking him. Bijoy will play in the top order.

"Rony came in a circumstance where we didn't have Bijoy and Mahmudullah. Soumya [Sarkar] was successful as an opener. We are thinking for these two matches, but it doesn't necessarily mean he is out. He is among our best 17-18 players.

"He will return when we need him. Litton kept well against India, scored a couple of 30s in the ODIs and a 40-odd in the Test. Litton is more effective than Rony, so we kept him in the squad."

The first of three ODIs will be played as a day match on Friday.

Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan (vice-captain), Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Litton Das, Jubair Hossain, Anamul Haque, Mahmudullah.