Mehedi Hasan gets ODI call-up against Sri Lanka    Getty Images
Mehedi Hasan gets ODI call-up against Sri Lanka Getty Images

Dhaka: Ahead of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) cricket series against Sri Lanka, starting on Saturday, Bangladesh on Thursday bolstered their spin attack with the inclusion of teenage off-spinner Mehedi Hasan. The 19-year-old impressed everyone by taking 10 wickets in the Test series against the islanders, has for the first time earned a call up to the limited overs squad, according to a report by EspnCricinfo. Mehedi has 27 wickets in as many List-A matches, having last played for Kalabagan Cricket Academy in the Dhaka Premier League last year. Mehedi was initially selected in the Bangladesh U-23 squad for the upcoming ACC Emerging Nations Cup, but has now been replaced by U-19 spinner Naeem Hasan. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 1st ODI

Meanwhile, a hamstring injury has forced Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kushal Perara to remain on the sidelines for the opening two games of the series against the Bangladeshis. A replacement will be named either on Thursday night or on Friday. Mehedi, in a very little span, has emerged as a sensational bowler with consistent success. Earlier, Mehedi had praised senior players and captain Mushfiqur Rahim for their support. The bowler came into limelight with towering success in the series against England at home and also impressed in India and in Sri Lanka to earn his place in limited overs now.