ACC has given BCC an extension till August 11 to name their Asia Cup 2022 squad. BCB has sought an extension from ACC to name their final squad as the majority of its players are ruled out of action due to injuries. And the board is waiting for medical reports of certain key players to decide whether they could feature in the squad for the marquee event or not.
“The long injury list has put us on the back foot and so we requested the ACC to give some more time to finalize our squad and they have accepted it,” BCB cricket operation chairman Jalal Yunus told Cricbuzz on Saturday.
Litton Das & Nurul Hasan have been ruled out of action from the ongoing Zimbabwe tour after sustaining injuries & are doubtful for the marquee event. They could feature in the Asia Cup 2022 only if they recover on the estimated time frame.
Nurul Hasan is currently in Singapore to get his condition assessed & if he doesn’t need to undergo surgery on his finger then there are chances of him making a cut to the squad. Meanwhile, Litton Das who suffered a hamstring injury during the first ODI hasn’t been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022 yet. He needs three to four weeks to recover & if recovers he might get included in the squad.
The other players on the injury list are Mustafizur Rahman (ankle), Mushfiqur Rahim (thumb), and Shoriful Islam (knee). Apart from them, Yasir Ali and Mohammad Saifuddin, who were ruled out from the tour of Zimbabwe, will also have to pass the fitness test for selection.
“We are waiting for the medical report and later we will finalize the squad. We will have to submit the squad before August 11,” Jalal added.
BCB has a tough task to name their T20I Captain
BCB need to finalize their T20I captain before the Asia Cup 2022 & T20 World Cup 2022. Shakib-Al-Hasan was the first choice for the role but after the sponsorship deal controversy, his name has been sidelined for some time. Hasan has received a legal notice from BCB for not informing them about his sponsorship deal with Betwinner News & he will have to give an explanation to the board in a formal hearing, the date of which is not yet revealed.
BCB President said that they have four options in their mind & they would soon announce their captain. Litton Das had earlier been approached to take up the leadership role for the Zimbabwe tour after Nurul got injured but he turned down the offer citing that he wants to concentrate on his batting. Apart from the trio, Mahmudullah is also in the race to take responsibility though certain quarters of BCB said that it is highly unlikely.
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