We needed a left-arm spinner who could support Shakib – BCB chief selector
Bangladesh on Monday called up uncapped left-arm spinner Sanjamul Islam for their 16-man squad for the three-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka.
Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, all-rounder Shuvagata Hom, wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan and uncapped Sanjmul will join 12 players, who are already in Sri Lanka for the two Test series.
Mehedi Hasan, Liton Das, Kamrul Hasan, Mominul Haque and Taijul Islam of the Test squad were not included in the ODI side.
Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (Capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shubhasis Roy, Sanjamul Islam, Shuvagata Hom and Nurul Hasan.
"We needed a left-arm spinner who could support Shakib (Al Hasan)," chief selector Minhajul Abedin told reporters about the inclusion of 27-year old Sanjamul.
"Taijul (Islam) is not a regular player in the ODIs. So we thought Sanjamul would be the best option because he is also a long-term prospect."
Beleaguered batsman Mahmudullah, who was axed from the squad for the second Test and would return home for a brief period, retained his place in the ODI side.— AFP