Left-handed batsman Mominul Haque has been dropped from Bangladesh’s Test squad for the first time since his debut in 2013. Selectors didn’t pick him for the first Test against Australia in Dhaka. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মুমিনুলের বাদ পড়ার কারণ]
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced the 14-man squad for the series opener on Saturday. The selectors decided to keep Bangladesh’s promising top-order batsman Mominul out of the squad. Nasir Hossain has been picked ahead of him and Mahmudullah Riyad.
Mominul made his Test debut in 2013 against Sri Lanka in Galle. He scored 55 in his first innings. He scored his maiden Test century against New Zealand in Chittagong in that year. From then, went on to register 50+ scores in 11 consecutive Test matches which also included four centuries.
The Cox’s Bazar lad scored his last Test century against Zimbabwe in 2014. He streak of half-centuries was broken in 2015. His average also started to fall down. He has now 1688 runs in 22 matches (40 innings) at 46.88.
Mominul scored 1198 runs in his first 12 Tests (23 innings) at 63.05 with all four centuries and seven fifties. In the next ten Tests, he managed 490 runs in 17 innings scoring only four half-centuries at 28.82.
The 25-year-old had been playing at number three position since 2014 and scored 811 runs in 23 innings with one century at 36.86 while he aggregated 877 in 17 innings at 62.64 batting at fourth position.
Mominul played only three Tests this year and only managed only fifty. He was dropped for the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka. Despite scoring 73 runs in the warm-up game he didn’t get chance to play the second practice match in Dhaka. He was dropped finally for the first Test against Aussies.
Bangladesh squad for first Test: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal (vice-captain), Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Liton Kumar Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com