Uncapped pacer Abu Jayed named in Bangladesh's 15-man 2019 ICC World Cup squad

Waseem Ahmed 16/04/2019
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A World Cup call up for Abu Jayed (c).

Uncapped pacer Abu Jayed found a place as Bangladesh announced their 15-man squad led by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England.

The 25-year-old has so far played five Tests for Bangladesh where he has picked 11 wickets but is yet be capped at the ODI level. Jayed’s inclusion comes at the expense of pacer Taskin Ahmed who has been plighted with several injuries of later.

Taskin had missed Bangladesh’s recent tour of New Zealand with an ankle injury and the fast bowler has now seen his World Cup hopes dashed.

While Jayed is the surprise inclusion in the Bangladesh squad, there was also an ODI recall for batsman Mosaddek Hossain also making a return to the team for the first time since the Asia Cup in September, 2018.

While senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim have been plagued with injury issues of late, they have all been deemed fit enough for the World Cup which begins in England on May 30.

Along with the 15-man World Cup squad, the Bangladesh selectors also announced the team for the upcoming ODI tri-series in Ireland also involving West Indies.

Uncapped batsman Yasir Ali and off-spinner Nayeem Hasan are the two additions the squad for the tri-series in Ireland which begins in Dublin on May 5.

BANGLADESH 15-MAN SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP

Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (vice-captain), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed

BANGLADESH IRELAND TRI-SERIES SQUAD

Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (vice-captain), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan, Yasir Ali

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Langer admits excluding Handscomb from Australia's World Cup squad was a 'tough call'

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Handscomb failed to make the cut for Australia's World Cup squad.

Australia coach Justin Langer has empathised with Peter Handscomb after the middle-order batsman agonisingly failed to make the cut for the 2019 ICC World Cup squad.

Handscomb had been in excellent touch for Australia of late with the right-hander putting in some good displays in the recent limited-overs clashes against India and Pakistan.

However, Handscomb failed to find a place in Australia’s 15-man World Cup squad announced on Monday as Steve Smith and David Warner made their returns after a one-year absence.

“Selection is always hard, there’s no doubt about that. It’s the toughest part of the job. It has been for as long as I’ve been coaching but certainly last Tuesday was really tough,” Langer told RSN Radio.

“Pete (Handscomb) is terribly stiff to miss out. He’s all class. I spoke to him yesterday. He’s literally all class. He’s another ripper.”

Smith's return spelled the end of Handscomb's WC hopes.

Smith’s return spelled the end of Handscomb’s WC hopes.

“I can give you all the cliches, I can try to find some good reasons, but the truth is I can’t tell you how close he was to being selected. He had a brilliant time of it. He played exactly the role that we talked about for the back end of the ODI summer and in India and the UAE. He did a great job.”

Langer has backed Smith to perform the same role as Handscomb in the batting order as the former skipper gets ready to mark his national team return after suspension.

“He’s (Handscomb) super fit and a terrific young bloke. He gets on and does his job. But we just felt that Steve Smith would play that same role and Steve Smith is one of the all-time greats of Australian cricket,” the Aussie coach stated.

Australia’s World Cup preparations get underway next month when they take on a New Zealand XI in three unofficial one-dayers. They open their World Cup campaign in England on June 1 against Afghanistan.

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England's Ben Stokes calls Jofra Archer the most 'naturally gifted' bowler he has seen

Sudhir Gupta 13/04/2019
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Rajasthan Royals pacer Jofra Archer. Image - @rajasthanroyals/Twitter.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has described his Rajasthan Royals team-mate Jofra Archer as the most ‘naturally gifted’ bowler he has ever seen.

With the Barbados-born Archer likely to be fast-tracked into England’s squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup, Stokes has given the express pacer his stamp of approval.

Both the players are currently representing Rajasthan in the ongoing 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) where Archer has picked up seven wickets in as many matches so far.

“Jofra makes any team better,” Stokes said about his potential future England team-mate in The Doosra podcast.

“He is the most naturally gifted bowler I’ve seen and I don’t think he realises how good he is. Some of the things he can do at the click of a finger are just ‘wow’. It’s pretty special to watch.

RR all-rounder Ben Stokes. Image - @IPL/Twitter.

RR all-rounder Ben Stokes. Image – @IPL/Twitter.

“You ask him to do something and he nails it straight away. To have somebody at the pace he bowls and the skills he has… the selectors are going to be scratching their heads and it’s a great time to be an England fan and an England player.”

The last dates for participating teams to submit their final 15-man World Cup squads is April 23. No1 ranked England are expected to announce their squad on April 17.

When asked if he sees Archer making the cut for the World Cup squad, Stokes replied, “It’s a tough question but it’s a great position to be in as an England team when you’ve got a player with the skill level Jofra’s got.”

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