In a bid to strengthen their batting, Bangladesh added two batsmen to their squad in the ongoing Asia Cup in 2018. Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka in their first match quite easily but since then their performance was not up to the mark. They lost to Afghanistan by a huge margin of 91 runs and lost to India by 7 wickets in their next game on Friday (Sep 21).
Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal injured his wrist while batting against Sri Lanka and was ruled out of the reminder of the Asia Cup. Nazmul Hossain and Liton Das opened the batting for Bangladesh in their next two games but were ineffective with two poor opening partnerships – 15-run opening partnership against both Afghanistan and India.
Bangladesh have now recalled out-of-form players Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes into the squad. These two batsmen last played an ODI for Bangladesh in October last year. “we have called both of them [Imrul and Soumya] to join us,” said Minhajul Abedin, Bangladesh chief selector.
Reflecting on this surprise recall, Soumya Sarkar said: “It is an opportunity for me and I am looking forward to seize it if there is any scope for me to play.” It is not yet certain that if any of these two players will be picked in their next match against Afghanistan on Sunday (Sep 23).
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, on the other hand, expressed his surprise at this selection and also made it clear that he was not contacted and was unaware of these two new additions to their Asia Cup squad. “I’m still not sure about those who are coming, there has been no discussion. The matter is not clear yet,” said Mashrafe Mortaza.
“They [Imrul and Sarkar] were out of the team in the same way, by not performing. Now they are returning to the team in such conditions and such pressure,” Mortaza added.
In the Asia Cup ‘Super Four’ stage, India and Pakistan registered wins in their respective first games while Afghanistan and Bangladesh are yet to open their account. Bangladesh will face Afghanistan in their next match on Sunday (Sep 23) in Abu Dhabi.
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