Shoriful drew attention ahead of the last ICC U-19 World Cup which Bangladesh won beating India in the final. He bagged nine wickets in the competition to help the Junior Tigers complete the triumph.
The left-arm pacer also did well in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, pairing up with Mustafizur Rahman.
“Adding three new players in the team is part of our plan. We have selected the players for the future and need to prepare them for the bigger stage of the game. We believe that now is the time,” Minhajul told the media after announcing the squad.
“The 2023 World Cup is not that far away; we have to keep that in mind as well. But for now, we have to go series by series. We are expecting a positive brand of cricket from the guys.”
BCB usually includes a maximum of 14-5 cricketers in the home series. But it kept the number to 18 this time.
“The inclusion of the all-rounder will surely boost the morale of the team. We hope Shakib will make a fresh start. Also, we are expecting a better performance from him,” Minhajul said.
The series will begin on January 20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The venue will host the second match on January 22 while the third match of the ODI series will be played in Chattogram on January 25.