Bangladesh, Asia Cup 2018, Preliminary Squad
Tamim Iqbal will be a key member of Bangladesh in forthcoming tourney. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)on Tuesday (August 14) has announced an initial roaster of the preliminary squad that will feature in Asia Cup 2018. In the first place, Bangladesh has recalled many senior cricketers, and above all 12 new faces will form the 31-member preliminary squad of the Lions.

Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Mominul Haque made it to the squad

However, the Asia Cup will commence on 15 September, and it will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Soumya Sarkar, Asia Cup 2018
Bangladesh cricketer Soumya Sarkar found his name in the 31-member preliminary squad. (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

Out of the seniors, Bangladesh recalled 23-year old Liton Das, who bagged the opening berth. Furthermore, after his fantastic performance in the Twenty20 decider against Windies, Das thus made it to the squad.

After facing a 10-month hiatus from the One-day International side, the 25-year-old Soumya Sarkar got a recall as well.

Moreover, due to a blistering knock of 182 off 133 against Ireland, Mominul Haque became the part of the squad after his three-year absence subsequently.

Mohammad Ashraful will miss the mega event:

In contrast, Mohammad Ashraful could not make into the squad. But his five-year ban is terminating on 13 August following the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) spot-fixing scandal.

Due to the lack of preparations, it seems that Ashraful is all set to miss the event subsequently.

Bangladesh, Asia Cup
Bangladesh announced 31 members preliminary squad for Asia Cup. (Photo credits: AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

After coming back from Windies, Steve Rhodes requested selectors to select at least 30 members as a preliminary squad. He said that he wants to spend some time with the boys and consequently, they will draft the final team.

Also, selectors named twelve fresh faces:

Noteworthy, the 12 debutants that made it to the 31-member strong preliminary include Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, Zakir Hasan, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Nayeem Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Jayed, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Abu Hider Rony and Shaif Uddin respectively.

In addition, Bangladesh is listed in Group B that constitutes Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Additionally, India, Pakistan and qualifier form another pool.

Here’s the list of the 31-member preliminary squad of Bangladesh for the Asia Cup 2018:

Soumya Sarkar
Shabbir Rahaman Roman
Shaif Uddin
Mustazifur Rahman
Musaddek Hossain Saikat
Liton Kumer Das
Abu Hider Rony
Nazmul Islam Apup
Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Mominul Haque Showrab
Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan
Rubel Hossain
Ariful Haque
Aby Jayed Chowdhury Rahi
Najmul Hossain Shanto
Shoriful Islam
Taijul Islam
Nayeem Hasan
Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Syed Khaled Ahmed
Md. Zakir Hasan
Sunzamal Islam
Md. Mithun
Fazle Rabbi Mahmud

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