In a tri-nation series, Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will lead his team, in an opening match against Ireland on May 12 due to current One-day International skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s one-match suspension as he was charged over the slow over rate, in the 3rd and final ODI against Sri Lanka in April.
Bangladesh ended their innings 30-minute late from the time which has been allocated according to the world cricket governing body ICC’s rules and regulations.
However, Mortaza revealed they were short of the time due to hot and humid condition at the ground.
The 50-over series in Sri Lanka was tied at 1-1 and the second game was abandoned due to the rain.
Bangladesh will face-off Ireland at Stormont on May 12 as the other country participating is New Zealand under the leadership of Shakib, who is also the world number one allrounder concurrently.
It becomes pertinent here that Shakib has left the Kolkata Knight Riders camp in the middle due to the national commitments after playing just a single match in this season.
In 43 IPL matches, Shakib has scored 498. He has smashed two fifties and bagged 43 wickets at an average of 25.60.
Moreover, fast bowler and regular skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza would return as a skipper in the rest of the matches.
The Tigers will play four matches in the series before kicking off their Champions Trophy campaign as they are placed at number seven in the ICC’s ODI Rankings.
Bangladesh will play in their second match against New Zealand on May 17 before taking on Ireland on May 19.
On May 24, under the tutelage of Mortaza, the resurgent Tigers will face New Zealand.
Here’s Bangladesh’s Tri-nation series squad:
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (skipper), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Imrul Kayes, Sanjamul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Nasir Hossain, Subashis Roy, Rubel Hossain and Nurul Hasan Sohan