Bangladesh has announced an initial 31 man squad for the Asia Cup 2018 which starts from September 15 in the UAE. Liton Das, the right-handed opener has returned to the side after his impressive knock in the deciding T20I against the Windies where he scored a 32 ball 61 to win the game for his side.
All-rounder Soumya Sarkar and top order batter Monimul Haque has also been recalled into the side. Mohammad Ashraful who has just completed his five-month ban (August 13) has been left out of the side.
12 among the initial 31 selected in the primary squad are debutants. They are 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.
The 2018 Asia Cup will be played between 16 and 26 September. Bangladesh are in the mix with Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, while India and Pakistan will share a group with the winner of the Asia Cup Qualifier- Oman, Malaysia, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong and Nepal will fight it out for the final spot.
The winners and runners-up of both groups will go into a Super Four, where the top two will go up against each other in the final in Dubai.
Bangladesh's 31 man squad
Masrafe Bin Mortaza, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Rubel Hossain, Imrul Kayes, Ariful Haque, Anamul Haque, Abu Jayed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najmul Hossain Santo, Mahmudullah, Shoriful Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam, Sabbir Rahman, Nayeem Hasan, Saifuddin, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mustafizur Rahman, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Zakir Hasan, Liton Das, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Hider, Mohammad Mithun, Nazmul Islam Apu, Fazle Rabbi Mahmud, Mehidy Hassan Miraz
(With ICC inputs)