‘We have enough spinners’ - Najmul Hossain Shanto reflects on squad changes ahead of Sri Lanka series

"We have enough spinners. Rishad [Hossain] is bowling well. The reason to take Jaker Ali is because, I think, the team needs a middle-order batter," Shanto said.

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As the countdown begins for the first T20I clash at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Monday, March 4, Bangladesh is all set to initiate their three-game series versus Sri Lanka. In preparation for the series opener, Bangladesh have implemented numerous changes to their squad for the forthcoming series.

Prior to the series, Bangladesh made a squad alteration by including wicketkeeper-batter Jaker Ali Anik instead of the injured off-spinner Aliss Al Islam. Speaking about this change, newly-appointed skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto highlighted the necessity of having a middle-order batter like Jaker.

"We have enough spinners. Rishad [Hossain] is bowling well. The reason to take Jaker Ali is because, I think, the team needs a middle-order batter. All selectors and coaches felt that another middle-order batter was required, and that's what led to Jaker's inclusion," Shanto was quoted as saying by Daily Star.

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Saifuddin performed very well after returning from injury, there will be opportunities: Shanto

Moreover, Najmul Shanto touched upon the omission of in-form all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin from Bangladesh's squad. Saifuddin's outstanding outings in the recently-concluded BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) guided Comilla Victorians to the tournament's final.

Nonetheless, despite his commendable performances, the all-rounder failed to secure a spot in Bangladesh's squad. Skipper Shanto revealed that the team's physios expressed concerns about the potential risk of playing the in-form star due to his recent return from injury. They assured him that there would be numerous opportunities for the player, especially with the DPL (Dhaka Premier League) approaching.

"What I feel about Saifuddin is that he performed very well after returning from injury. But him playing such a series after coming back from injury, all of our physios felt it would be risky. Hopefully, he will continue like this, and there is a DPL [Dhaka Premier League] ahead, then there will be opportunities," Shanto concluded.

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