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11 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Changes in ODI squad on the cards!

Sports Reporter

Some changes are on the cards for the Bangladesh ODI squad that was announced earlier to play the three-match ODI series in West Indies. Following Bangladesh’s disastrous outing in the first Test in which they tasted a shameful innings and 219 runs defeat, the selection panel and the team management held a meeting to unearth what was going wrong. Even the head coach Steve Rhodes for whom it’s the first assignment talked to BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon over phone.

What he told to Nazmul Hassan was not immediately known but the BCB chief also held a closed-door meeting with several directors at his Beximco Pharma office in the city which hinted all is not good within the team.

Basically the selection panel’s meeting and the directors meeting with board president sparked a possibility of bringing few changes to the ODI squad even though it has already been announced.

The 16-member squad was announced, keeping nine of the players who are in West Indies now while adding seven new members-- Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Sabbir Rahman Rumman, Nazmul Islam Apu, Abu Haider Rony and Anamul Haque Bijoy.

The rumour however has been rife with fast bowler Rubel Hossain, an automatic choice for ODI squad but not for Test team. However still he was given chance to play the first Test, considering his ability to ball with good pace and also the injury for Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed.

Rubel’s Test average was easily worst amongst the fast bowlers who are now playing and he himself also time and again showed his reluctance to play the longer version. It is believed he declined to play the second Test, starting on Thursday at Kingston, Jamaica, which didn’t go well with the new coach.

While Rubel Hossain’s fate looked uncertain, captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is also in problem with his ailing wife who was fetched to home from hospital but remain under doctors’ observation. If the situation becomes worse unfortunately, Mashrafe may withdraw his name or delay his journey since the ODI series will start on July 22.

The selection panel considers all the matters and may ponder changes before the rest of the players of the ODI leaves country for West Indies on Friday. However they may also consider of announcing the changes, if needed, after seeing Bangladesh’s performance and result in the second Test.

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