Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to form a 21-member preliminary squad for the upcoming five-match T20 series against New Zealand, starting from September 1 in Dhaka.
The Daily Sun understands that the team management has a plan to form a big squad keeping the Covid-19 situation into their minds.
“We have formed a big squad keeping the coronavirus situation in mind and as a host team, we can always take this advantage. If required we can trim it down any time,” said a member of the selection panel on Wednesday.
Pacer duo Kamrul Islam and Shohidul Islam is expected to be part of the squad but the chances of their playing in the series are very slim.
Both the pacers are seen sweating it out at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the recent past in front of the national batsmen, who started their preparation for the series.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the team management are losing their sleep over the availability of leg-spinner Aminul Islam, who had recently recovered from fever.
“We have not picked everyone to play in the New Zealand series as some of them are picked as a backup so that if there is an emergency we can have their service,” said the selector.
“You must also take into consideration that nowadays one just can’t call anyone anytime because there are bio-bubble issues,” he added.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das, who missed the preceding T20I series against Australia for personal reasons, will make a comeback to the squad through the NZ series.
Members of both teams will start their bio-bubble from August 24.
Bangladesh probable squad for NZ series: Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmadullah (capt), Nurul Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Afif Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Aminul Islam, Mossadek Hossain, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam and Shohidul Islam.