Shakib Al Hasan included in Bangladesh’s preliminary squad for West Indies series

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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday named Shakib Al Hasan in the preliminary squad for the Test and T20I series towards the West Indies, marking the star all-rounder’s return to nationwide reckoning after serving a ban for not reporting corrupt approaches.

The southpaw was banned for two years, one yr of it was suspended, for failing to report corrupt approaches by an alleged Indian bookie throughout the Indian Premier League.

He had served as Bangladesh’s Test and T20I captain earlier than his ban, which ended on October 29 final yr.

Former skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, who’s the nation’s highest wicket-taker in the 50 over format and likewise the longest-serving captain, was neglected of the 24-member ODI squad.

“We respect him (Mortaza), he has done a lot for the country. I have spoken to him in detail, so there’s not going to be any misunderstanding. It was tough but we have to consider the reality and keep looking forward,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNCricinfo’.

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“We took a mixed resolution after lengthy discussions with workforce administration, and contemplating the whole lot (determined to) to place off Mashrafe.

“We didn’t leave anything out. Everyone participated in the discussion including the fitness trainer and bowling coach. For the player who replaces him, it will be a fresh start. We have to expose our young players,” he added.

The chosen gamers will participate in a coaching camp subsequent week and can play two follow matches on January 14 and 16.

The West Indies tour of Bangladesh begins with an ODI in Dhaka on January 20, adopted by matches on January 22 (Dhaka) and 25 (Chittagong).

The two Tests might be performed from February three to 7 and February 11 to 15 in Chittagong and Dhaka respectively.

Bangladesh’s preliminary squads

ODIs: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Momimul Haque, Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Yasir Ali, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain

Tests: Momimul Haque, Taskin Ahmed, Tamim Iqbal, Khaled Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Yasir Ali, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain

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