12/14/2018 2:38:36 PM

Bangladesh recall Saifuddin, Mithun for Windies T20s

Bangladesh recall Saifuddin, Mithun for Windies T20s

Sylhet, Bangladesh: Bangladesh on Friday recalled all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin and batsman Mohammad Mithun to their 14-man squad for a three-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies beginning next week.

Both Saifuddin and Mithun played their last Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in February before being laid low by injuries and poor form. 

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said the duo had been rewarded for their recent performances in limited-over matches.

"We always need someone like Saifuddin who can bat and bowl. Mithun has showed in the past he is a good Twenty20 batsman," he said.

Saifuddin and Mithun replaced Mosaddek Hossain and Sabbir Rahman, who played in Bangladesh's last Twenty20 series against the West Indies in July-August.  

The hosts also dropped paceman Abu Jayed from their squad.

The first match will be held on Monday at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in the country's northeast, while Dhaka will host the next two matches on December 20 and 22.

Bangladesh swept West Indies 2-0 in the preceding two-Test series while the three-match one-day international series is currently locked at 1-1.  

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Hider, Ariful Haque.

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