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Pakistan T20 series: Mahedi, Shanto ready to prove their worth

Dhaka — Mahedi Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto are eager to prove their mettle in the upcoming T20 International series against Pakistan starting from January 24.

Mahmudullah Riyad will lead the Bangladesh side in the upcoming T20I series. Bangladesh team will fly for Pakistan on January 23 to play a three-match T20 series in Lahore on January 24, 25 and 27.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced T20 squad of the Tigers against Pakistan series on Saturday including Mahedi and Shanto in the squad.

Mahedi and Najmul were picked up in the squad considering their terrific performances in the just-concluded Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 Cricket.

Mahedi scored 253 runs in 13 matches with three fifties and took 12 wickets as well while Najmul piled up 308 runs with a century and a fifty. Najmul came to the limelight with a ton which was only the 5th century by a Bangladeshi batsman in the BPL history.

“It’s good that I’ve finally managed to return to the national team. But I wasn’t eager to get into the team. I’ve to play according to team management’s instruction and will try my best to be a regular member of the national team,” Mahedi told the media.

Shanto also expressed that he is keen to prove his prowess for the national side with good performance.

“I was never worried about my comeback in the national team. I just focused on my game. I’ve practiced a lot to improve my performance. I will try to keep playing better cricket for the national team,” Shanto told the media after being recalled in the senior national side. UNB

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