Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das were recalled to the national squad Thursday for next month's five-match Twenty20 international series against New Zealand.

Mushfiqur and Liton missed Bangladesh's stunning 4-1 T20 thrashing of Australia earlier this month because of Covid-19 rules.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, who was also absent from the Australia series due to a knee injury, has been left out as he is yet to recover fully.

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Batsman Mohammad Mithun was dropped and Bangladesh added leg-spinner Aminul Islam Biplob to the squad.

New Zealand will arrive in Dhaka on August 24 for the series which comes ahead of the T20 World Cup in October and November in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

The matches will be held behind closed doors on September 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.