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BCB to declare final World Cup squad after NZ series

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  • 5 September, 2023 12:00 AM
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BCB to declare final World Cup squad after NZ series

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon said on Monday that they would announce their ICC World Cup squad after the conclusion of the upcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand, scheduled in Mirpur on September 21-26.

“We might send a team (list of 15 players) to the ICC but that is largely academic considering we will announce our World Cup squad after the New Zealand series,” Nazmul told reporters after holding a meeting with the members of the selection panel at his Beximco office.

Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and skipper Shakib Al Hasan also virtually attended the meeting from Pakistan.

The Daily Sun understood that the BCB would send a 15-member squad to the International Cricket Council by today – the deadline set by the ICC earlier to announce the World Cup squads though that is largely due to fill the logistical requirements.

However, there is a provision that teams can change their squads without any permission until September 28 and only after that point of time, the teams will require approval from the World Cup technical committee to make changes in their team.

It was learnt that the BCB is waiting to see the condition of opener Tamim Iqbal before announcing the World Cup squad as he is still recovering from the back issues. The left-handed opener is expected to return to competitive cricket through the home series against New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Nazmul says that he expects to see Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain back in the national team in the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand.

“I think they have the chance to play against New Zealand,” said Nazmul.

“I think Mahmudullah is very much there (in the team management plan) and there is no reason why he won’t be there considering even if we send 15 cricketers, there will be injury concerns and our cricketers are injury-prone…So we can’t ignore the cricketers who are considered as replacement,” he said.

Mahmudullah has already been included in an eight-member World Cup backup squad that was formed by Hathurusingha and they are currently preparing themselves in order to make sure they can seize the opportunity when it comes their way.