Bangladesh are eying to keep the winning going, as they will take on United Arab Emirates in the first match of the two-T20 international series at Dubai International Cricket Stadium tomorrow (Sunday).
The match will start at 8 pm as per Bangladesh Time.
Bangladesh won just two of the nine T20Is they have played this year. They lost six and witnessed one game washed out by rain.
Therefore, they are desperate to get back into the groove ahead of the tri-nation series in New Zealand and T20 World Cup in World.
The UAE series in fact was not in the plan initially. Bangladesh was supposed to practice for some days before leaving the New Zealand for tri-nation
Before the series was finalized, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was granted NOC to play the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Shakib later chose CPL ahead of UAE series and so vice-captain Nurul Hasan Sohan will lead the side.
Opener Soumya Sarkar, pacer Shoriful Islam, and leg-spinner Rishad Hossain, all of whom were named as stand-by players for the T20 World Cup, have been included for the UAE tour. Off-spinner Mahedi Hasan, who was dropped from the Tigers' World Cup squad, took a leave from the tour.
Bangladesh earlier played just one match against UAE in this format in 2016 and won that by 51 runs. Overall, they played 133 matches, winning 45 and losing 85 while three matches ended in a no result.
Squad for the T20 series against UAE: Nurul Hasan Sohan (Captain), Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain Saikot, Liton Kumer Das, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mustafizur Rahman, Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Hasan Mahmud, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Rishad Hossain.
BDST: 1556 HRS, SEP 24, 2022