Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who scalped 8 wickets in the recently concluded Nidahas Trophy, has now jumped 12 places to take over the 2nd position in the ICC T20I bowling rankings. Chahal is the joint-highest wicket-taker in the series along with his teammate Washington Sundar.
With 706 points in the rankings, Chahal has achieved his career best ratings and is only behind Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who has 759 points at the top.
Bangladesh cricket have named Shakib Al Hasan the new captain in T20Is. He replaces Mashrafe Mortaza, who retired from the shortest format of the game early this month in Sri Lanka. Shakib will be leading the team in the next T20I assignment for Bangladesh while Mortaza will continue leading the ODI side.
With this move, Bangladesh now have three different captains in three formats. Shakib leads the T20I side, Mortaza heads the ODI unit while it is Mushfiqur Rahim who is taking care of things in Tests.
Bangladesh have announced the 15-man squad for Champions Trophy to be held in England in June. The Asian team is taking part in the tournament after a gap of 11 years and will be expecting to make their presence felt. Bangladesh are in Group A and will be playing the big teams like Australia, England and New Zealand. They will be playing the first game of the tournament against the host England on June 1 at The Oval.
The Asian team will also play a tri-nation series against Ireland and New Zealand. Bangladesh Cricket Boards operations committee chairman Akram Khan, said, "We will play a tri-series in Ireland next month. Before that, we will have ten days of camp in England. We will play two 50-over contests there, one of them will be against Sussex. We will get four matches to play in Ireland before taking part in the Champions Trophy. We will play two practice matches against India and Pakistan before the tournament starts," Akram said.
Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam. Standby: Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Subashis Roy, Mohammad Saifuddin.
Bangaldesh squad for Ireland tri-Nation series: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Subashis Roy.
Bangladeshi talisman Shakib Al Hasan has praised the efforts of Indian pacer Umesh Yadav in the one-off Test in Hyderabad, claiming it was the best spell of fast bowling he had ever faced in his career.