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Bangladesh v Sri Lanka live 1st T20I at Chittagong

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka live 1st T20I at Chittagong Photo: TT

Bangladesh will take on the touring Sri Lankans in the two match T20 series, without their captain Mushfiqur Rahim.

The player is suffering with a small fracture on his left little finger, and although he batted in the first innings of the Chittagong Test when he made 20 runs, and the selectors have decided that with a long season ahead of the national side, including the country hosting the World Twenty20 Championship, they will rest the captain with a view to allowing him to get fully fit.

Although a replacement behind the stumps has been named, Mithun Ali, a decision has yet to be taken, as to who will lead the side against the Sri Lankans. Mithun was in the squad for the World T20 back in 2009, back has not been included in the national squad since. With 346 runs in the 16 T20 games that he has played this season, he has earned his place in the pecking order behind the rested skipper.

The selectors have also given first call ups to Sabbir Rahman as a reward for his form in 2013, when he has averaged an impressive 41.76 in the 25 matches that he has played, including six half centuries, and an impressive strike rate of 133.70.

He has been earmarked for some while as a T20 specialist, but until now, the selectors have not had sufficient faith in his talents to pick him.

Left arm spinner, Arafat Sunny, also earns a first call up, ahead of Enamul Haque jnr, who might feel aggrieved at missing out, having taken the most wickets amongst the Bangladesh spinners last year, when he snapped up 26 victims.

Farhad Reza is recalled to the national squad, and although his bowling was reasonably impressive, with 15 wickets at 35.26, his batting has fallen away, and his average of 12.36 in 20 T20 matches, is not the sort of contribution that the national team will be looking for.

However, he has probably earned his recall as the result of decent form in first class and one day cricket in 2013-14, though one wonders the relevance of this to the T20 format of the game.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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