Bangladesh adds Soumya, Kayes to Asia Cup squad

Tamim Iqbal returned to Bangladesh after the first match of the tournament with a fractured left wrist.

Soumya Sarkar will be making a comeback to the Bangladesh ODI team after nearly a year.   -  AFP

Concerned over injury and the poor form of top-order batsmen, Bangladesh on Friday recalled the experienced Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes to bolster its squad for the ongoing Asia Cup.

“Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes have been included in the Bangladesh Asia Cup squad. They players will depart for the UAE tomorrow (Saturday),” a Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman said in a text message.

The inclusion of Soumya and Kayes came as Bangladesh was bowled out for a paltry 173 runs in its first Super Four game against India in Dubai.

Bangladesh on Thursday was bowled out for just 119 runs to suffer an embarrassing 136-run loss to Afghanistan in its last Pool B match in Abu Dhabi.

In the absence of injured Tamim Iqbal, the team's new opening pair Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain failed to deliver a good start in either match.

Tamim was ruled out of the tournament with a broken left wrist after he was hit by a bouncer from Suranga Lakmal in the opening match of the tournament against Sri Lanka.

Liton has scored only 13 runs in three matches while Nazmul, who made his debut against Afghanistan, made 14 runs in his first two matches.

Bangladesh faces Afghanistan in its next match on Sunday.

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