Bangladesh v England: Who to watch from the Tigers
By James Wilson
Last Updated: 05/10/16 5:48am
Shakib Al Hasan is their poster boy, but there is more than just him to trouble England in the upcoming ODI series in Bangladesh.
England's tour of Bangladesh begins with the first of three one-day internationals, live on Sky Sports 2 from 9am on Friday.
It won't be an easy task for Jos Buttler's men, with Bangladesh winning their last six ODI series on home soil, beating the likes of India, South Africa and Pakistan.
They have also beaten England in three of their last four meetings, famously dumping them out of the 2015 World Cup in Adelaide. Who will be the key players for the home side?
The swashbuckling left-hander is a familiar name to most, having made his Bangladesh debut in 2007. Always a danger at the top of the order, 2015 proved to be a return to form for the 27-year-old, scoring 742 ODI runs at an average of 46, with two centuries.
He maintained that form in the recent series against Afghanistan, making scores of 80 and a run-a-ball 118 as Bangladesh won 2-1. He also has fond memories of playing against England, scoring three hundreds against the tourists in all formats, including 125 off 120 balls in the first ODI when England last toured Bangladesh in 2010.
Bangladesh's leading run-scorer in all three formats, Tamim has an abundance of white-ball experience and looks to be maturing into a more consistent top-order batsman.
Aged 30 and with 128 ODIs under his belt, Mahmudullah is one of the more experienced members of this Bangladesh side. He became a star of the 2015 World Cup with back-to-back hundreds, finishing the tournament with 365 runs at an average of 73. His 103 against England helped Bangladesh reach the final stages of a knockout tournament for the first time in their history.
Originally an all-rounder who batted in the middle order, it's a recent promotion to No 4 which has brought the best out of his game. In 12 innings there, Mahmudullah has scored two centuries and five fifties, averaging an unbelievable 74.
Fluent all around the wicket but particularly impressive when driving through the off-side, the Tigers will be hoping for some important contributions from Mahmudullah.
Pace bowling is a concern for Bangladesh ahead of this series, with young left-arm fast bowling whizz Mustafizur Rahman missing due to a shoulder injury and question marks hanging over the form of Rubel Hossain, who was dropped during the Afghanistan series.
With that in mind, a lot of responsibility will rest on the young shoulders on Taskin Ahmed, a right-arm fast bowler who bowls regularly around 90mph, has a good slower ball and is a skilled yorker bowler at the death.
Bursting onto the scene in 2014, he took a maiden five-wicket haul on his ODI debut against India. He also took the key wicket of Jos Buttler during the World Cup victory in Adelaide before taking another three wickets against India in the quarter-final.
Watch the first ODI of the three-match series between Bangladesh and England, live on Sky Sports 2 on Friday from 9am.