Imrul Kayes included Bangladesh’s preliminary squad for ODI series against Sri Lanka

Bangladesh have announced their 23-man preliminary squad for the upcoming limited-overs against Sri Lanka. Uncapped pacer Shohidul Islam has earned their maiden call-up for the three-match series against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh Cricket Board have also decided to opt for experienced opener Imrul Kayes for the three-match ODI series, starting from 23rd May.

Bangladesh Cricket Board Chief Selector, Minhajul Abedin said that that the selectors have gone for a full-strength for the three-match ODI series. Imrul Kayes richly deserves his comeback to the side after scoring a lot of runs in the domestic circuit.

Those players who are called-up for the limited-overs series will prepare for the one-day series at Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka from 2nd May. Mominul Haque is currently leading the Test side for the ongoing two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

Preliminary squad will be expected to arrive in Sri Lanka and make preparations for the one-day series from 7th May. The squad will then have one-week break to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, starting from 10th May.

Sri Lanka have yet to announce their ODI squad for the three-match series against Bangladesh. The visitors will arrive in Bangladesh on 16th May. After a  three-day mandatory quarantine period, they will then go through training sessions to make preparations for the ODI series, starting from 20th May.

Host Bangladesh will play an-intra squad game on 20th May, whereas Sri Lanka will play a practice match at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium on 21st May. The three-match ODI series will be at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on 23rd, 25th and 28th May.

With IPL postponed indefinitely, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and pacer Mustafizur Rahman will return to Bangladesh and will be available for the one-day series.

Bangladesh ODI Squad for Sri Lanka series: Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Naim Sheikh, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Shohidul Islam, Rubel Hossain and Shoriful Islam

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