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Taskin, Soumya dropped from squad

A 16-member Bangladesh cricket team, dropping Taskin Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das, has been announced for the upcoming tri-nation series, starting on 15 January.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selection committee chief Minhajul Abedin Nannu Nannu announced the squad in a press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday, reports UNB.

Taskin Ahmed and Soumya Sarkar have been dropped from the previous ODI squad that played against South Africa in a three-math overseas series in October 2107.

The other players dropped from previous squad are: Liton Kumar Das, Mominul Haque and Shafiul Islam while Mustafizur Rahman, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Abul Hasan and Sunzamul Islam have been included into the squad

Hosts Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will play in the seven-match day-night ODI series till 27 January.

In the double league basis ODI series, Bangladesh will meet Zimbabwe in the inaugural match on 15 January, face Sri Lanka on 19 January and play Zimbabwe again on 23 January before taking on Sri Lanka on 25 January. The top two teams of the league will play the final.

The Tigers are now on a 15-day conditioning camp, involving two one-day matches at SBNCS, which started at BCB Academy Ground on 27 December, 2017.

The Tigers played out the first practice match on 6 January at SBNCS where Tamim Iqbal hit a century of 104 runs for Shakib Al Hasan-led BCB Red team victory of 137 runs against Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s BCB Green team. They will play the second day-night one-day preparation match at the same venue on Tuesday.

BCB has split the Tigers in two groups – each group comprises 12 players — for their practice matches.

The Zimbabwe team will arrive in Dhaka on 10 January while Sri Lanka team on 13 January to start their new year’s overseas sporting campaign.

Bangladesh squad for the first two ODIs: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Abul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin and Sunzamul Islam.

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