Alex Hales opts out of the tour while Rehan Ahmed and Tom Abell are chosen for England in Bangladesh.

Tom Abell of Somerset and Rehan Ahmed of Leicestershire have been selected for England’s white-ball tour of Bangladesh in March.

Uncapped Abell, 28, has never participated in any international competitions, while Ahmed, 18, receives his maiden call-up for the white-ball game after making a strong impression during his Test debut in Pakistan in December.

After missing nine months due to a back stress fracture, Lancashire pace bowler Saqib Mahmood has been called back.

Alex Hales, the tour’s opener, will miss it to participate in the Pakistan Super League.

“He’s gold dust,” says Archer after a “long road” to recovery, “I cried on my own for 10 minutes,” says Mahmood about his injury comeback in its early stages.
Mahmood on his return to running after rehab: “Nothing was in sync”
Right-handed middle order hitter Abell and Mahmood are currently with the England Lions in Sri Lanka. The Lions’ ODI matches will be led by Abell.

Mahmood, who has participated in two tests, seven ODIs, and 12 T20s, was sidelined in April of last year after suffering a back stress fracture.

In December, Ahmed made history by playing England’s first Test match and taking 5-48.

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Jos Buttler (captain), Tom Abell, Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, James Vince, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood make up the team for the one-day internationals.

Jos Buttler is the captain of the T20 squad, which also includes Tom Abell, Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood.

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Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, and Tymal Mills will all honor their PSL contracts as part of England’s plan to work with players around their franchise commitments.

Beginning on March 1, England plays three ODIs and three T20s in Bangladesh. The 50-over match will serve as a warm-up for the upcoming World Cup in India, which will begin in October.

After England’s two-Test series in New Zealand is over, Will Jacks and Ben Duckett will join for the T20s.

Jofra Archer, a pace bowler who missed 17 months due to injury, is a member of both squads after taking six wickets in the third ODI against South Africa on Wednesday.

Mark Wood, a fellow fast bowler who was rested for the New Zealand series, will also tour Bangladesh.

Schedule \sMarch

1: Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, first ODI

3: Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, 2nd ODI

6: Third ODI, Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium

9: First Twenty20, Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium

12: Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, 2nd T20

3rd T20, Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, at 14:00

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