Tri-nation series, Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan, Rubel Hossain, BCB
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have made plenty of changes to their squad from the one that played against West Indies in December last year. @ BCB

Immediately after their shocking defeat in the only Test against Afghanistan on Monday, Bangladesh announced a 13-member Twenty20 International squad for the first two matches of the Tri-Nation series.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have made plenty of changes to their squad from the one that played against West Indies in December last year.

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Right-arm medium pacer Yasin Arafat Mishnu, who played for the Bangladesh High Performance (HP) team last month, has earned a maiden call-up. Mahedi Hasan, who has played in only one T20I for the national team back in 2018 against Sri Lanka, also made the cut.

However, according to chief selector Minhajul Abedin, the likes of Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Rubel Hossain were dropped from the previous squad that played against West Indies in Dhaka last year.

“We have formed this squad looking forward and there is no reason to believe that those who couldn’t make it into the squad won’t have a chance in the upcoming matches,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz. “We have only named a squad for the opening two games.

“We have included a few youngsters as we have a lot of Twenty20 matches in the coming days, Abedin said.

“Mahedi and Afif are considered our future prospects and we just want to see how they can cope with the pressures of international cricket. Mishu [Yeasin] is doing well in the domestic circuit for quite some days and we want to see how he fares at the international level.

“Saifuddin is fit to play. The physio said that he will be able to take the load of shorter version cricket and his back pain is not constant. He is already bowling and we need to be playing him while managing his workload.”

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The series gets underway on September 13 with hosts Bangladesh facing Zimbabwe at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. They next face Afghanistan on September 15 at the same venue.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Litton Kumer Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmud Ullah, Afif Hossain, Musaddek Hossain Saikat, Shabbir Rahaman, Taijul Islam, Sheikh Mehedi Hasan, Shaif Uddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Yasin Arafat Mishu