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Mortaza in Asia squad

August 05, 2005 19:16 IST

Bangladesh seamer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has replaced Rana Naved-ul Hasan in the Asian XI for the one-day matches against the African XI after the Pakistani pacer became unavailable for the series.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced the inclusion of Mortaza after being informed by Afro-Asian Cricket Cooperation.

Earlier, Mortaza along with compatriot Khaled Mashud and Marvan Atapattu of Sri Lanka was selected as stand-by for the Asian XI when the 15-member team was announced on August 1.

Mohammad Ashraful is the other Bangladeshi player in the side.

"I was disappointed after getting no chance in the 15-member Asia squad, but now I feel very good seeing my name in the team," Mortaza was quoted as saying.

"It would have been more pleasant had I got the first chance call," he said adding that he would try to increase Bangladesh's image if he got a chance to play in the matches to be held later this month.

Asia squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Kumar Sangakarra, Sanath Jayasuriya, Yousuf Youhana, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Irfan Pathan, Mohammad Ashraful, Anil Kumble, Shoaib Akhtar.

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