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Tamim, Mahmudullah, Soumya return for NZ series

Tamim, Mahmudullah, Soumya return for NZ series

Opener Tamim Iqbal is all set to make his return to international cricket as the left-hander was included in Bangladesh's 15-member squad for the first two matches of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand in Mirpur, starting from Sep 21.

Litton Das will lead the team in the first two matches as regular skipper Shakib Al Hasan has been rested along with Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and the pace trio of Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, and Shoriful Islam.

The former Bangladesh skipper Tamim recovered from his back injury to make a cut in the team ahead of the World Cup after he withdrew his decision to retire from international cricket in July. 

Mahmudullah Riyad also got his name in the list after all the discussion regarding his future. The right-hander was dropped following the ODIs against England at home in March due to poor performances and with his axing from the Asia Cup squad, the 37-year-old, already retired from Tests and T20Is.

Soumya Sarkar and Nurul Hasan Sohan also returned to the side. The uncapped players in the squad are left-hander Zakir Hasan, pacer Khaled Ahmed, and leg-spinner Rishad Hossain.

The Bangladesh team will commence training on Sep 19 at the SBNCS, Mirpur.

Squad (for first and second ODI)

Litton Das (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Tawhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah Riyad, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Sheikh Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Zakir Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Khaled Ahmed.