Left-handed batsman Nazmul Hossain will lead Bangladesh in the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal, Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Friday (November 29). Bangladesh named a strong squad for the event that includes national regulars like Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain and Naeem Sheikh.
Bangladesh Under23, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka Under23 will take part in the event that will see the hosts taking on Sri Lanka Under-23 in the opening game at the TU Ground on December 3.
The last time cricket was part of South Asian Games was back in 2010 but since then the authorities hosted the biggest sporting event in South Asia without the most popular sport in the region. Bangladesh Men won the gold the last time cricket was a part of the games.
“We are going with the aim to win the gold,” said Nazmul after being named captain. “As far as I know it’s pretty cold in Nepal so have to adapt to the condition quickly.”
National selector Habibul Bashar mentioned that they are taking Soumya Sarkar as they had the chance to pick three players over 23 years of age while not making sweeping changes to the Emerging squad. “We picked Soumya as there is a provision that we can take three cricketers above 23 years of age,” said Habibul. “Most of the players are playing together in the Emerging squad and we planned to stick together with as it seems they are gelling as a team.”