Bangladesh Cricket Board has declared the 15-man squad for the forthcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup on Wednesday, with former skipper Mahmudullah not making the cut.

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin announced the team at a press conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.

National team selectors Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Basharq
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The same team will play in the tri-nation series in New Zealand against the hosts and Pakistan, which will begin next month right before the global meet.

Mahmudullah, who is Bangladesh’s most experienced T20I cricketer, didn’t make it into the 15-man squad or in the list of standby cricketers.

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Shakib Al Hasan will lead the side and Nurul Hasan will be his deputy in the tournament. Openers Mohammad Naim and Anamul Haque have also been dropped from the side with Najmul Hossain Shanto being recalled into the team.

Bangladesh vice-captain for the ICC T20 World Cup Nurul Hasan

Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Yasir Ali and Hasan Mahmud have returned to the side after recovering from their respective injuries.

Sabbir Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who Bangladesh used as their makeshift opener in the Asia Cup, have been retained in the squad.

Pacer Shoriful Islam and all-rounder Mahedi Hasan will travel with the team as standby cricketers. Uncapped leg-spinner Rishad Hossain and opener Soumya Sarkar have also been included in the standby list.

Bangladesh squad for the T20 World Cup: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Liton Das, Nurul Hasan (vc), Afif Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Nasum Ahmed, Najmul Hossain Shanto

Standby: Shoriful Islam, Rishad Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Soumya Sarkar