Bangladesh thinks of resting the best all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for upcoming series. But Bangladesh retained Mashrafe Mortaza as Captain for the three-match international series against Sri Lanka. The series will be played later this month, the officials said on Tuesday.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam and first-order batsman Anamul Haque were also likely to replace Shakib and Liton Das. Shakib has personal reasons for which they rested him. The other player who got lost was the average pacer Abu Jayed, who was part of the World Cup team but did not play any matches.

Minhajul Abedin Nannu says that Now that the World Cup chapter is over and we’re starting a new season. This series is very important to us.  We didn’t make any big changes to the World Cup team here. Since we don’t have Shakib and Liton, we include two players in their places and leave one player, he replied.

Bangladesh finished eighth in the World Cup after only three victories, against South Africa, the West Indies, and Afghanistan. The (BCB) fired up Coach Steve Rhodes after the team returned home last week. BCB announced that they will not renew the contract for bowling Coach Courtney Walsh.

Mashrafe, who claimed only one wicket in eight games, took responsibility for the team’s lackluster performance, but the BCB has kept faith in it. Bangladesh will become the first team to tour Sri Lanka since the deadly Easter attacks in which 258 people were killed. Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka on 26, 28 and 31 July at the Premadasa International Stadium in Colombo.

Bangali Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (Skipper), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarker, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicketkeeper), Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, and Rubel Hossain.