BCB Announces Bangladesh U-19 World Cup Squad
BCB Announces Bangladesh U-19 World Cup Squad: All-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz will the lead Bangladesh team in the ICC Under-19 World Cup for the second time in a row as hosts Bangladesh named a 15-member squad for the tournament on Wednesday.
Mehidy Hassan Miraz will lead the youth team while Najmul Hossain Shanto has his deputy.
Hosts Bangladesh is placed South Africa, Scotland and Namibia.
Vice-captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto, wicketkeeper Zakir Hasan Saeed Sarkar, and Joyraj Sheikh are four other cricketers who played in the previous edition..
“The performance against India in the last series didn’t make any major impact on the team selection as we trusted the boys who showed good performances in the last few series. Basically we emphasized on spin bowling after considering our home conditions and that’s why we picked five specialist spinners,” said former Bangladesh batsman Ehsanul Haque Seezan, a member of the BCB’s junior selection panel, yesterday.
“We have a very balanced side. There are six players in the squad who played the last World Cup and there are a number of players like Miraz, Shanto [Najmul Hossain] and Sanjit Saha, who not only played in the National Cricket League and Dhaka Premier League but also performed well. So, experience will not be an issue for the team and we would be surprised if this team doesn’t reach the last four,” he added.
Bangladesh will start their campaign against South Africa in Chittagong before taking on Scotland at Cox’s Bazar on January 31.
‘I think we are much more confident than we had been two years ago,’captain said. ‘We have defeated some big teams in the recent time that boosted our confidence.’
Bangladesh Under-19 squad:
Mehidy Hassan Miraz (captain), Najmul Hossain Shanto (vice captain), Joyraj, Sheik Imon, Pinak Ghosh, Mohammed Saif Hassan, Zakir Hasan, Shaif Uddin, Shafiul Hayet, Saeed Sarker, Mehede Hasan, Mohammad Abdul Halim, Sanjit Saha, Saleh Ahmed, Shawon Gazi, Ariful Islam Jony and Jaker Ali Anik.
Standbyes: Munim Shahriar, Mossabbek Hossain Sun, Rifat Pradhan and Qazi Onik Islam.