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Bangladesh include uncapped Munim Shahriar for Afghanistan T20Is

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Bangladesh have included uncapped Munim Shahriar and Yasir Ali in their 14-member squad for the upcoming two-match T20I series against Afghanistan. The series also marks the return of Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim along with Liton Kumar Das to the shortest format.

Shakib did not play in the last T20I series against Pakistan at home due to injury while selectors said Liton Kumar Das and Mushfiqur were rested due to bubble fatigue; the management wanted the duo fresh in the two-match Test series against New Zealand.

Nazmul Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Aminul Islam, Saif Hasan, and Akbar Ali failed to make a cut in the squad for the two-match series scheduled to be played at Dhaka respectively on March 3 and 5.

The 23-year-old Shahriar made 178 runs in six matches for Fortune Barishal, making them at a strike rate of 152 in the recently concluded Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 2022.

''We have kept a close eye on Munim for quite some time. We had also kept him in the High Performance Unit earlier and now we want to see how he performs at international level,'' BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz on Friday.

''Yasir also did well in BPL and we are aware about his hitting ability, so we are trying to see whether he fits in somewhere in the middle-order or not,'' he added.

Yasir Ali also had an impressive outing in the BPL for Khulna Tigers and scored 219 runs from 11 matches at a 139.49 strike rate.

The series against Afghanistan will take place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur

Squad: Mahmudullah (Captain), Liton Kumar Das, Munim Shahriar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Shohidul Islam, Md Naim Sheikh.

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