T20 WC: Shanto to lead B'desh; Shakib, Taskin in squad

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 14, 2024 IST

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Dhaka, May 14: Was he expected to lead Bangladesh in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024?

Not many would be sure. Because there are a few other stalwarts and seasoned pros in the 15-men squad too.

But Najmul Hasan Shanto has been chosen to lead Bangalesh's 15-member T20 World Cup squad, which feature all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has played every T20 World Cup since the inaugural edition in 2007.

Injured Taskin Ahmed has also been named in the squad for the 20-over showpiece.

Shakib was named in the squad for Bangladesh's final two T20Is against Zimbabwe after a year gap from T20I cricket and impressed with a four-wicket haul in the fourth game.

Taskin sustained a side strain before the last match of the five-match T2OI series against Zimbabwe and has been under treatment over the coming weeks. He was named Player of the Series for his eight wickets in four games.

Selectors also included left-arm quick Shoriful Islam, after the 22-year-old was rested for the final two matches with Zimbabwe.

Afif Hossain Dhrubo and Hasan Mahmud are included as travelling reserves.

Bangladesh are drawn in Group D alongside South Africa, Sri Lanka, Netherlands and Nepal for next month's event, with their first match coming against Sri Lanka in Dallas on June 7.

Bangladesh squad: Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Taskin Ahmed, Litton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tawhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah Riyad, Jaker Ali Anik, Tanvir Islam, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.

Travelling reserves: Afif Hossain, Hasan Mahmud.

Will he face problem in leading a team with a couple of former captains? May be, may not be. 

If the experienced seniors can guide Shanto, then Bangladesh creating a few major upsets or doing wonders in ICC Men's T20 World Cup cannot be ruled out. (With ANS support) 

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