Kriralok Desk: After failing in the recently concluded World Cup, Bangladesh will play a three-match T20 series against Pakistan on Thursday. The red-green colored team wants to turn around with this series.
The two teams will play at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur tomorrow at 2 pm. The match will be telecast live on Gazi TV and T-Sports.
This is the first time after Corona that the spectators are getting a chance to watch the game sitting on the field. Spectators who have received two doses of covid vaccine over the age of 18 can go to the field and watch the game. Ticker certificate must be shown when entering the field. This time 50 percent of the field capacity is without tickets.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team has undergone major changes. Six people, including four newcomers, have been included in the squad due to poor performance in the World Cup. Bangladesh did not win any World Cup Super Twelve. They lost to a team like Scotland in the qualifying round. The Tigers later qualified for the Super Twelve against Oman and Papua New Guinea.
The series will be without the top three players Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim. Shakib and Tamim are out of the team due to injuries. And Mushfiqur Rahim has been rested. Mahmudullah is the only senior player in the team. Mahmudullah retains the captaincy despite the team’s poor performance in the World Cup.
Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Rubel Hossain were dropped from the team. All-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin is missing the series due to a back injury.
Nazmul Hossain Shant and Aminul Islam Biplob have been called up for the team. Akbar Ali, the captain of the Under-19 World Cup winning team, has been called up for the new format. Saif Hasan, Yasir Ali and pacer Shahidul Islam have been called up for the new squad.
Pakistan is currently in great form. They played in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. In the semi-finals, Pakistan lost to defending champions Australia. Despite winning all five matches in the Super Twelve, it did not do well in the knockout stages. Pakistan also got a great win against India in Super Twelve. This is the first victory against India on the stage of the World Cup.
The last two times Bangladesh faced Pakistan in this format at home, Bangladesh won twice. The Tigers won the only T20 match in the bilateral series in 2015 and the Asia Cup in 2016.
Bangladesh also won the last two T20 series at home. They harassed Australia and New Zealand before the World Cup.
However, Pakistan has won all 10 of the 12 matches against Bangladesh in the T20 format.
And Bangladesh’s performance in T20 cricket is not very good. The Tigers have won just 43 of 143 matches. In addition to 75 match losses, two were abandoned.
Bangladesh team: Mahmudullah (captain), Saif Hasan, Naeem Sheikh, Nazmul Hossain Shant, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mustafizur Rahman, Shariful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Yasir Ali, Shahidul Islam and Akbar Ali.