Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal will miss the forthcoming Asia Cup to be hosted in Bangladesh on account of the birth of his first child. Imrul Kayes meanwhile will take Iqbal’s place at the top of the Bangladeshi batting order, with the rest of the 15-man squad remaining the same.
Both Kayes and Iqbal were a part of the recent four-match home series against Zimbabwe held at the start of 2016. The two teams split the series 2-2, after Bangladesh won the opening two matches and Zimbabwe the latter two matches.
Iqbal’s presence will be hugely missed by the squad and as such Kayes has a huge but exciting opportunity ahead of him to justify his selection into the team.
The Asia Cup is a biennial event initiated in 1984. The 2016 edition of the tournament will be the first time that the event will be held in the shortest format of the sport. As such, there are a lot of heady expectations surrounding the event this time round. Sri Lanka is the defending champion having won the title (for the fifth time) back in 2014. Bangladesh meanwhile is hosting its third straight Asia Cup, after having hosted the event twice previously in 1988 and 2000.
Bangladesh’s Team for Asia Cup: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan and Taskin Ahmed.