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Bangladesh off-spinner Sohag Gazi has been left out of the country’s 30-man preliminary World Cup squad due to his bowling action being illegal.
Gazi has been rectifying his action since he was banned from bowling in October and has also featured in numerous domestic matches. In fact, he recently picked up a five-wicket haul during Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club’s match against Kalabagan CA on November 27 in Fatullah.
The national selectors have also picked all-rounder Nasir Hossain, even though he was dropped for the recently concluded home series against Zimbabwe.
Opening batsman Shamsur Rahman has also made the cut despite averaging less than 10 in the Test series against Zimbabwe.
“I believe we have picked the strongest 30 available to us at the moment,” chief selector Faruque Ahmed said. “We have concentrated on creating back-ups for every position because it will be a long tournament. We have a good balance in the side with all areas covered. Most of the players who have been in or around the national team during the last six or seven months have been given a chance. There is a noticeable blend of youth and experience.
“The conditions in Australia and New Zealand will be a challenge for all the subcontinental teams, including Bangladesh. We cannot create those conditions here and that’s why we have selected players based on performances in competitions they have appeared in and our intuition.”
Bangladesh’s preliminary World Cup squad: Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Marshall Ayub, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Naeem Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Ziaur Rahman, Muktar Ali, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Litton Das, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abul Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mohammad Shahid, Elias Sunny, Arafat Sunny, Taijul Islam, Abdur Razzak, Jubair Hossain