Key takeaways from Bangladesh's ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 squad
With 10 losses in their last 13 T20Is, Bangladesh have made wholesale changes to the T20I squad that will tour to Australia for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup. The new thinking has seen them move on from veteran players, including the experienced Mahmud Ullah, the fourth-most capped men's T20I player.
Instead, the squad is more all-round heavy with further changes in the middle-order and in the pace department. Here we take a glance at some of the takeaways from Bangladesh's squad for Australia.
Bangladesh move on from senior players
If Mushfiqur Rahim's retirement a month out from the big event was a shocker, Bangladesh seemed to take it as a sign. They ushered in a new era by dropping Mahmud Ullah as well with the veteran all-rounder not finding a place in the 15 for the T20 World Cup in Australia.
With Tamim Iqbal too having announced his retirement from T20Is, Bangladesh are missing experience for the big tournament. However, having won just two of their 13 T20Is since the end of the last ICC Men's T20 World Cup in UAE, changes were imminent.
The dismal performance in the Asia Cup, where they lost both their group matches to crash out, apparently proved to be the catalyst for Bangladesh to take the next step and it's reflected in the squad announced for Australia.
There are several changes from the squad that played the Asia Cup with Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, and Najmul Hossain Shanto back. The likes of Parvez Hossain Emon, Anamul Haque, Mahedi Hasan, and Mohammad Naim have been dropped from the squad.
Mahmud Ullah, despite being a long-serving performer, has been dropped on the grounds of recent performances - he has totalled just 151 runs in the eight T20Is this year.
Team director Khaled Mahmud had hinted that Mahmud Ullah's experience won't be a factor in his selection earlier in the week and that proved to be the case with Bangladesh firmly moving on to a new set of players.
The chief selector expressed that Mahmud Ullah did not fit Bangladesh's plans framed by Sridharan Sriram, the technical consultant of the T20I team.
Banking on all-round strength and pacers
Although not surprising for a tournament in Australia, Bangladesh have gone rather pace heavy, picking as many as five legit quick bowling options in the squad - Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Edadot Hossain and Hasan Mahmud.
Although Bangladesh cut short on the spinners in the squad, there are enough all-round options to make up for it. Nasum Ahmed is backed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan, with the likes of Afif Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain also offering spin options.
Mahedi Hasan is the other spinner from the Asia Cup squad that did not make it to the 15. Sriram, who coached Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, suggested that the toss-up was between Nasum and Mahedi for a spot. The off-spinner, though, makes it to the reserves.
Who partners Litton Das at the top?
Bangladesh have picked Najmul Hossain Shanto in the 15 for the tournament in Australia after he missed the Asia Cup. The opener does not boast of a great record in the format, however, averaging 18.5 in nine T20Is without a single fifty-plus score.
Nurul Hasan and Yasir Ali also add to middle-order strength, which leaves Bangladesh short of options at the top of the order. Najmul could open the batting with Litton Das or Bangladesh might go to Mehidy Hasan Miraz for the role, something they did once during the Asia Cup.
Mehidy has donned the role at the domestic level previously and could be an x-factor at the top alongside Litton. Najmul is the more traditional option, although it remains to be seen if Bangladesh trust him in the starting XI immediately after he was dropped for the Asia Cup.
Soumya Sarkar was the other available option at the top, but Bangladesh have him in the reserves list rather than the main squad.
THIS IS THE BIG TIME!
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is coming to Australia from 16 October to 13 November 2022.