Nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate members including Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Namibia, Nepal and Scotland would be taking part in the event.
18 players will be featuring in their second successive junior world cup. Pakistan is fielding all newcomers for this global event.
Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hassan Miraz enjoys the rare distinction of captaining his nation in both the 2014 and 2016 events.
Mehidy, who celebrated his 18th birthday in October, had not turned 16 when he led the team in the UAE.
Besides Mehidy, the hosts have four other players with previous experience of having taken part in the sport’s premier age-group tournament.
They are Najmul Hossain, Joyraj Sheik, Zakir Hasan and Saeed Sarker.
Mehidy was confident that Bangladesh, which finished ninth in 2014, will be a force to reckon with on home soil.
Defending champion South Africa, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will take the field with a fresh set of cricketers, but most of the other teams have players with previous experience in the tournament.
Three-time former champions India has in its ranks Sarfaraz Khan, Ricky Bhui and Avesh Khan, who helped their team finish fifth in the UAE.
Sarfaraz, one of India’s brightest young batsmen who turns out for Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, insisted he had an unfinished business at hand in Bangladesh.
“Our hopes of defending the title in 2014 were dashed when we lost to England in the quarter-finals,” the stocky batsman said. “That really hurts and we are determined to go all the way this time.
Afghanistan has retained four members of the squad that finished seventh in 2014. They are Ihsanullah Janat, who is now the captain, Muslim Musa, Waheed Shafaq and Zia-ur-Rehman Akbar.
Abraash Khan of Canada, Shimron Hetmyer of the West Indies and New Zealand’s Josh Finnie will return as captains of their respective teams hoping to better the 2014 performances where the West Indies finished sixth, New Zealand 10th and Canada 15th.
Namibia’s squad includes two members of their 2014 squad that finished 14th with Zane Green taking over as captain and SJ loftie-Eaton a key member of the side.
Ryan Brown is the only Scotland player making his second appearance in the tournament. He played just one match in 2014 where he took two wickets for 18 runs.
Nepal and Ireland did not qualify in 2014, while Fiji is the only newcomer to the event.