Ashraful left out of Bangladesh squad

Bangladesh have named a 13-man squad for the one-day series against England, with former captain Mohammad Ashraful a surprise omission.

Ashraful has long been considered one of his country’s most talented batsman but has been rested from the series after some indifferent recent form.

Shakib Al Hasan captains the side, while the likes of Junaid Siddique, Naeem Islam and Aftab Ahmed have been selected having played for the BCB XI in warm-up matches against England this week.

Explaining Ashraful’s absence chairman of selectors Rafiqul Alam said: “Ashraful himself wanted a break and we also felt that the pressure on him had increased to the extent that his confidence was suffering.

“We believe that a gap from international cricket would be beneficial for him and he will come back strongly soon and do justice to his calibre.”

Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza returns after recuperating for nearly seven months following a knee surgery.

Alam added: “He has also been declared fit by his doctor. Someone like Mortaza has got nothing to prove regarding his ability and we have confidence in him. He is a big match player.”

The first match of the three-game ODI series takes place in Dhaka on Sunday.

Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (Vice Captain/Wicketkeeper), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Zunaed Siddique, Aftab Ahmed Chowdhury, Mahmud Ullah, Naeem Islam, Masrafe Bin Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Md. Sohrawordhi.

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