Selectors on Thursday sprang a huge surprise when the recalled pacer Al-Amin Hossain and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny for Bangladesh’s upcoming three-match Twenty20 international series against India.
Sunny never played for Bangladesh after he was suspended during the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 for an illegal bowling action.
He was arrested in January 2017 and spent two months in jail after posting intimate photos of his wife on social media.
Sunny, however, continued to play in domestic cricket after he was released from jail and took seven wickets, including 6-87 in an innings, in the opening round of National Cricket League in Dhaka.
Like Sunny, Al- Amin also last played for Bangladesh in any format during the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India.
‘We recalled Sunny because we need someone experienced for India, which is a tough country for playing cricket,’ chief selector Minhajul Abedin told New Age. ‘Al Amin comes into the squad as some of our other fast bowlers are injured,’ he said.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal also returned to the team after taking a break during recent tri-series at home involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
Soumya Sarkar, who was dropped from the squad after playing the first two matches, also has been recalled.
All-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin, who did not play any competitive match since the tri-series for a back injury, retained his place.
Uncapped batsman Naim Sheikh also retained his position but there was no place in the team for Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam, Sabbir Rahman and Nazmul Hossain, who were part of the tri-series squad.
The series against India will start with the first match in New Delhi on November 3 while Rajkot and Nagpur will host the remaining two matches, respectively on November 3 and 10.
Sakib al Hasan (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam Biplob, Arafat Sunny, Mohammad Saifuddin, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Shafiul Islam.
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