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Mahmudul, Rejaur get maiden call in Test team

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  • 23 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mahmudul, Rejaur get maiden call in Test team

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board included uncapped Mahmudul Hasan Joy and pacer Rejaur Rahman Raja in the 16-member squad for the opening Test match of the two-Test series against Pakistan.

Pacer Taskin Ahmed failed to make a cut in the opening Test squad after he needed stitches in his hand for an injury that he sustained during the third T20I against Pakistan on Monday.

“Taskin required stitches and it will be removed after one week,” BCB Chief Physician Debashish Chowdhury told reporters.

Apart from Taskin, Tamim Iqbal, Shoriful Islam and Mahmudullah, who were parts of their last Test series in Zimbabwe, failed to make a cut in the squad.

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is also included in the squad, will have his fitness assessed before being considered for the first Test, starting in Chattogram on November 26.

The second Test will be in Dhaka from December 4.

“It is still early days for him but Mahmudul has showed good temperament for the longer version. He is also an in-form batsman. With injury concerns to Taskin (Ahmed) and Shoriful (Islam), we needed to keep our pace bowling options open and Raja got the nod. We have been monitoring his performances in first-class competitions. He is strong and energetic and has a knack for taking wickets,” BCB Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin said in a statement.

“There is a fair bit of experience if you consider that Mominul (Haque), Mushfiqur (Rahim), Shakib, Taijul (Islam) and Miraz (Mehidy Hasan) are all part of the squad.

“We will obviously have to wait to see if Shakib makes it for the first Test but these players have been the most consistent performers for us in Tests and their presence can make a difference.

“We have options in the spin department as well as in pace. The team for the first Test is made up of cricketers who have been playing together regularly and they know the demands of Test matches. Pakistan are a formidable team but we are confident that Bangladesh will be competitive if we are disciplined and patient,” he added.  

Bangladesh Squad for first Test:

Mominul Haque (Capt), Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed Chowdhury, Yasir Ali, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Rejaur Rahman Raja and Shakib Al Hasan (subject to being declared fit to play).