Nasir Hossain (right) makes his comeback into the Bangladesh side © Getty Images
Nasir Hossain (right) was rested for the recent Bangladesh-Zimbabwe T20I series © Getty Images

Bangladesh on Wednesday recalled batsman Mohammad Mithun and all-rounder Nasir Hossain in their 15-member squad for the ICC World Twenty20 trophy that begins in India next month. Mithun and Nasir were not part of the Bangladesh squad that drew 2-2 with Zimbabwe in the recent series in Khulna. Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said they have been picked as “back-up” to the regular players. “More or less we have an idea about our best 11 players. We thought they have the potential to be the next best,” Faruque told a press conference. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mithun played his last T20 international against the West Indies in August 2014 while Nasir was rested during last month’s series against Zimbabwe.

Mashrafe Mortaza will lead the side in the tournament. Batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman also return to the squad after missing the last two matches against Zimbabwe due to injury. Bangladesh will play in the qualification Group A alongside Ireland, the Netherlands and Oman. The top team from the group will then enter the main draw to take on the eight leading cricket nations in matches starting on March 15.

The World T20 will be preceded by the Asia Cup 2016, which will they will be hosting. Afghanistan, UAE, Hong Kong and Oman will play in the qualifying round for a lone spot in the main round that will feature Test-playing nations Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh Squad: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mahmudullah Riyad, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Arafat Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and Abu Hider.