Shuvagata, Taijul return to squad for first T20

Tanbir Hayder, who made his ODI debut against New Zealand, has been dropped for the first T20 © BCB

Bangladesh have included Shuvagata Hom and Taijul Islam in the 15-man squad for the first T20 against New Zealand in Napier on January 3. From the ODI squad, Tanbir Hayder and Mehedi Hasan were dropped even though Mehedi had not played a single game.

Rubel Hossain also didn’t get a game but was picked for the T20 while Soumya Sarkar, who made just one run in the first ODI, was also included. Tanbir, meanwhile, playing ODIs for the first time, went wicketless with his legspin and made just five runs in the two matches.

But it is likely that the squad would be shuffled as the touring party in New Zealand still includes all the other players from the preliminary camp in Australia. Mushfiqur Rahim is also with them, recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered during the first ODI in Christchurch.

From Bangladesh’s last T20 squad, which played in the World T20 earlier this year, there was no place for Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur, Saqlain Sajib and Arafat Sunny.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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