After reducing the ban for three and a half months, the Bangladesh Cricket Board has included Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan in Bangladesh’s 15-member men’s team for the Asian Games. Fast bowler Rubel Hossain has also been included in the squad for the Asian Games which will be held in Incheon, South Korea, between September 19 and October 4. The two players have been named as replacements for offspinner Sohag Gazi and fast bowler Al Amin Hossain, who were reported for suspect actions recently.
According to ICC regulations, both Gazi and Al-Amin are expected to undergo tests to have their actions examined. While Gazi was reported during the ODI series in West Indies, Al-Amin was reported fter the first Test in St Vincent.
In July, the Bangladesh Cricket Board suspended their star Allrounder for six months for what it considered “serious misbehaviour” with Bangladesh’s new coach, Chandika Hathurusingha, and for his altercation with a spectator during an ODI against India. However, in August, the board reduced his punishment to three-and-a-half months, making him eligible for selection from September 15.
Bangladesh, led by Mashrafe Mortaza, will participate in the Asian Games alongside teams from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives and hosts South Korea. Bangladesh are title contenders in the Asian Games as powerhouses India and Pakistan are not taking part in the tournament and Sri Lanka are sending their reserve team.
Bangladesh men’s squad for Asian Games: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Muktar Ali, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed