New Zealand cricket team will arrive in Bangladesh in the fourth week of August for a bilateral T20I series against Bangladesh, which will begin on September 1st. On Thursday (August 19), BCB revealed the squad for the series. BCB includes all of the expected names in the team for the next series. The Bangladesh Cricket Board has made young players a priority in the Twenty20 format. The Cricket Board appears to have a defined plan for the selection process, which is good for the team's future growth. Take a look at Bangladesh's squad for the BAN vs. NZ T20I Series 2021.
Bangladesh’s T20 Squad for BAN vs. NZ T20I Series 2021
BCB announced a 19-man squad on Thursday (August 19) for the Twenty20 series against New Zealand in September. The selectors have picked both Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das. They both missed the Australia series for breaching bio-bubble protocol. Tamim Iqbal was left off the list because he has yet to declare himself fit for selection.
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The selectors also have picked leg-spinner Aminul Islam Biplob for the series, indicating that he has a chance to make the T20 World Cup team. We should expect spin-friendly surfaces for the New Zealand series. Selectors may include Biplob for the World Cup if he shows promise during the bilateral contest.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Mithun Ali was not selected for the series. Lately, he was criticized for not being consistent enough to be a part of the Bangladesh squad. With the exception of him, all of the players that competed in the Australia series have been selected for the next home series.
Mahmudullah Riyad will be captaining the Bangladesh team. Liton is expected to open the innings with Mohammad Naim, with Mushfiqur at number four. Bangladesh will have a strong chance to win a T20 series against New Zealand since the Blackcaps will send a second-tier team.
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Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoriful Islam, Taijul Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Aminul Islam
Probable Bangladesh XI for the first T20I
Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed
The Declared Squad's Major Highlights
Mushfiqur and Liton have returned to the team
Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das were both unable to participate in the historic Twenty20 series against Australia earlier this month. Bangladesh went on to claim a 4-1 victory in the series. Mushfiqur had to leave the bio-bubble during his Zimbabwe tour due to his parent's illness, and Liton Das had to leave the bubble for personal reasons.
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Aminul Biplob is still on Selectors' Radar
Aminul Islam Biplob made a fantastic debut in 2019, but he is yet to live up to expectations to earn a spot in the national squad. Though the selectors have not given up on him, they believe Aminul Biplob will be an important weapon for Bangladesh in the next series against New Zealand. Biplob may earn a spot in Bangladesh's 15-man T20 World Cup squad if he performs well throughout the series.
The World Cup Team will be Picked From this Squad
All of the predicted names have been selected for the New Zealand series, with the exception of veteran Tamim Iqbal. BCB will select players from this group for the World Cup. So, all 20 players will give it their all in the forthcoming series in order to secure a spot in Bangladesh's T20 World Cup 2021 team.
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Bangladesh's T20 team will play New Zealand in a five-match series commencing September 1. This will be Bangladesh's final Twenty20 series before the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, which will take place in the months of October and November. So, Bangladesh will get another opportunity to prepare for the major event.
Beating this second-tier New Zealand team will not be impossible for Bangladesh if they play with their full ability. Moreover, the New Zealand team will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record in the T20 format against Bangladesh. The approaching BAN vs. NZ T20I Series 2021 will be fascinating to watch in this regard.