Friday, 20 May, 2022

Nayeem replaces injured Miraz for 1st Test against Sri Lanka

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selection panel, led by Minhajul Abedin Nannu called up offspinner Nayeem Hasan as the replacement of Mehidy Hasan Miraz for the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka, starting on May 15.

Miraz, the inform allrounder has already been ruled out of the first Test with a finger injury sustained during a Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League match.

"Miraz dislocated his right little finger while trying to take a catch in a match on 24 April. An X-ray has revealed a small avulsion fracture," BCB Chief Sports Physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury said on Wednesday. 

"A splint has been used to support and protect the injured area. Initial assessments suggest that the recovery could take at least three weeks which effectively rules him out of the first Test against Sri Lanka."

The Sri Lanka cricket team will arrive in Bangladesh on May 8 for a two-match series which is a part of the 2021-2023 ICC World Test Championship. The first Test starts at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on May 15 while the second Test commences at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on May 23.

Before the Test series, the Lankan side will play a two-day practice game at BKSP. Bangladesh came to the series after losing a two-match Test series against South Africa.

Following a historical ODI series victory on South African soil for the first time, Bangladesh had a high hopes to win a Test match on Proteas den for the first tiem like the way they won a Test match on New Zealand soil earlier this year. But they had to back with empty hands, losing two matches in disappointing fashion.

Bangladesh squad for 1st Test: Mominul Haque (Captain), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam (subject to fitness)