Bangladesh, on Thursday (October 5), announced the 15-man squad for the three-match One-Day International series against South Africa, including the uncapped 20-year-old Mohammad Saifuddin.
The fast-bowling all-rounder, who starred for Bangladesh in last year’s Under-19 World Cup, had made his international debut earlier this year when he played the T20I against Sri Lanka in April.
The selectors have also recalled middle-order batsman Nasir Hossain who returned to Test team in August. The right-handed batsman has not played a One-Day International since the 2016 tour of New Zealand, missing the tour of Bangladesh and the Champions Trophy.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Kumar Das, who last played against Zimbabwe in 2015, has also been recalled while Mossadek Hossain, Shafiul Islam and Sanjamul Islam got overlooked.
Mosaddek is recovering from an eye infection while Sunzamul, who too had reported a similar complaint, has started playing domestic cricket. On the other hand, Shafiul was a part of the squad for the Champions Trophy but hasn’t played an ODI since last October.
Meanwhile, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has also been included in the squad with the selectors hoping the southpaw recovers in time for the series. Tamim is currently on the sidelines, having been ruled out of the upcoming second Test against the Proteas due to a thigh injury. Mominul Haque also got picked up after being initially left out. The left-handed batsman, who has not played an ODI since February 2015, scored 77 in the first innings of the first Test.
The three-match series will start from October 15.
Masrafe Bin Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Litton Kumar Das, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib al Hasan, Shabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Saif Uddin, Mominul Haque.