Bangladesh Welcome Back Shakib and Mustafizur for Last Two T20s

Bangladesh cricket squad, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh has made a strategic move ahead of the final two Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe, calling upon seasoned all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman. Shakib, who hasn’t featured in a T20 match since July 2023, joins the squad, signaling his intent to gear up for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup. Mustafizur, fresh from a successful stint in the Indian Premier League where he stood out for the Chennai Super Kings, returns after being rested for the initial matches. Soumya Sarkar, recovering from injury, also makes a comeback to bolster the top order.

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Notably, Parvez Hossain Emon and Afif Hossain find themselves omitted from the squad this time, while pace bowler Shoriful Islam gets a breather to accommodate the returning trio. With Bangladesh already clinching the series 3-0, the focus shifts to the final two matches slated in Dhaka.

This series against Zimbabwe serves as crucial preparation before the Twenty20 World Cup, set to kick off next month in the United States and the West Indies. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is expected to unveil its World Cup squad following the conclusion of this series.

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