• Gazi returns for South Africa series

    Bangladesh has recalled off-spinner Sohag Gazi to their 14-member squad for the two T20 internationals against South Africa next week.

    Gazi has not played for Bangladesh since he was suspended in October last year because of a flawed action.

    Newcomer Eddie Leie and Aaron Phangiso will be South Africa’s two spin options when the teams meet on Sunday and Tuesday.

    Gazi was cleared to bowl in February after undergoing remedial work but a dip in form meant he did not regain his place in the squad.

    The 24-year-old will now take the place of injured Mohammad Mahmudullah who is nursing a finger injury that kept him out of the recent home series against India.

    ‘We are looking for an option after Mahmudullah’s injury and Gazi fulfils our requirement,’ said chief selector Faruque Ahmed.

    Leg-spinner Jubair Hossain was called up for his maiden T20, covering for injured paceman Taskin Ahmed who is out for at least three weeks after he suffered a rib injury during a training session last week.

    The two Twenty20 matches will be held at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on 5 and 7 July.

    Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim lqbal, Litton Das, Rony Talukdar, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Jubair Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman.
    South Africa: Faf du Plessis (Titans, capt), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), AB de Villiers (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), David Miller (Dolphins), David Wiese (Titans), Chris Morris (Titans), Kyle Abbott (Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Eddie Leie (Highveld Lions), Wayne Parnell (Cape Cobras), Beuran Hendricks (Cape Cobras).

    Picture: Associated Press