Sports news | Mahmudullah still in Bangladesh World Cup plans: BCB boss Nazmul Hassan

Lahore [Pakistan]September 4 (ANI): Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President on Monday confirmed that all-rounder Mahmudullah is still in the plans for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India, which starts from October 5 this year.

The all-rounder remains in contention despite making his last ODI appearance in March. Bangladesh have played 11 ODIs since their last appearance in the 50-over format. Voters said he was “rested”. However, he was left out of the squad for the following series, including the Asian Cup. When he was dismissed, he was scoring runs at a healthy average of 43.80, but his strike rate fell to 70.75 from a career SR of 76.17, according to ESPNCricinfo.

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Towhid Hridoy replaced Mahmudullah in his absence, but Bangladesh are still unsure of their number seven player. There are two versatile devices on the side that allow them to pick off an extra batter or pitcher. In the recent Asia Cup match against Afghanistan, Mehidy was promoted to bat and scored a century. The two frontline batsmen, Shamim Hossain and Afif Hossain played at numbers 7 and 8 respectively.

In May, Hassan clarified that the all-rounder was in Bangladesh’s plans, but the selectors continued to ignore him.

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“I think it is [in the selectors’ thoughts]. I don’t see why not. Our players are prone to injuries [Najmul Hossain] Shanto and Miraz yesterday. Mustafizur [Rahman] suffered in the first game. We need continuous exchange. With eleven players, we would not be able to cover the World Cup. There is no need to take stand-by players lightly,” Hassan was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo on Monday.

Hassan said Bangladesh had to back out of their plan to name the same team for the World Cup and Asia because of injuries.

“The Asian Cup squad should have been the World Cup squad,” he said.

“But we had to make a few changes. Ebadot.” [Hossain] he would be in the squad if he was fit. Tamim [Iqbal] and Litton [Das] he would also be in the squad,” he added.

The president said that Bangladesh will announce their World Cup squads on September 26 after the series against New Zealand, i.e. after the September 5 deadline. After this date, teams have room to make changes in their lineups.

“We have to give them [the ICC] team for logistical reasons,” Hassan said. “I think the main team has to be presented on September 27. You will all know when we see them in the New Zealand series. I think those who are in Dhaka will be able to play against New Zealand,” he added.

“We failed to execute our plan. Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das were supposed to start the Asia Cup but they are not in the squad. I don’t know if they have been declared fit. We can’t make the team without them, can we? You have to understand our challenges. In the Asia Cup squad we have 17 players.”

“The six in Dhaka are also capable players. Tamim and Litton will enter the fray, which makes 25 players. We have to leave out ten players. Who to leave out? It won’t be easy. We can leave out those who Now we don’t have to leave anyone out,” he concluded. (NOT EVEN)

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