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Six Tigers embark on maiden WC voyage

Published : 15 May 2024 09:17 PM

Bangladesh’s T20I World Cup squad boasts a youthful exuberance, featuring a contingent of six exciting newcomers embarking on their maiden T20 World Cup journeys. Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Towhid Hridoy, Zaker Ali Anik, Tanveer Islam, Rishad Hossain, and pacer Tanjim Hasan Sakib all represent fresh faces eager to prove their mettle on the international stage.

Tamim, a rising star, opened the batting for the U-19 World Cup-winning team in 2020 and now embodies the youthful spirit of Bangladesh cricket.

 After impressing in the Emerging Asia Cup, he earned a direct call-up to the World Cup squad, showcasing promising potential despite not 

yet delivering a breakout performance.

Sakib, another recent arrival, played a pivotal role in Bangladesh's Asia Cup victory over India. Despite initial controversy, his 3 wickets in the triumph against Sri Lanka cemented his place in the World Cup squad.

Rishad and Zaker emerged as impactful finishers during the recent home series against Sri Lanka. Rishad, initially identified for his leg-spin bowling, impressed with his six-hitting prowess in ODIs, captivating the selectors' attention. Zaker, meanwhile, rose to prominence in this year's Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). 

Initially doubted by Mohammad Salahuddin, Zaker seized his opportunity and delivered convincing performances. 

Tanveer Islam, Zaker's BPL teammate, boasts an impressive record of 74 wickets in 61 recognized T20 innings. His experience alongside established spin options Shakib Al Hasan and Sheikh Mehedi

Hassan offers a well-rounded attack, particularly suited to Caribbean pitches.

Hridoy, the most experienced among the newcomers, has solidified Bangladesh's middle order since his debut in 2022. 

Consistent form, including a stellar performance in this year's BPL for the Comilla Victorians, ensures he partners with Mahmudullah Riyad in the heart of the batting line-up.

This youthful Bangladesh squad promises an exciting blend of fresh talent and seasoned experience. 

Their hunger and determination will be key factors as they strive to make their mark on the global stage.