Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah Riyad didn’t play Bangladesh’s last Test match against Sri Lanka at the P.S. Oval Stadium in Colombo earlier this year in March, which marked Bangladesh’s historic 100th Test match. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাদ পড়ছেন রিয়াদ-মুমিনুল?]
However, they were expected to make their comeback to the white uniforms for the Tigers with the two-match Test series against Australia, beginning from August 27.
But the latest reports suggest that the duo are likely to miss out on the squad for the two-match Test series against Australia as well.
According to a report published in Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday (August 16), it was first revealed by sources that the duo are set to be axed from the 17-member squad for the practice game in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, beginning on Wednesday.
It is understood that both Mahmudullah and Mominul are also likely to miss out from the squad for the Australia series. As per the sources, a decision has already been taken on the matter.
However, discussions are ongoing, given that there are a few in the national selection committee who disagree with the move.
While Mahmudullah has been in phenomenal form in limited-overs cricket for Bangladesh in past few months, Mominul Haque is regarded as the only Test specialist batsman of the country. Leaving both of them out could be a suicidal move by the selectors.
Meanwhile, there is also a possibility that all-rounder Nasir Hossain, who hasn’t featured in a five-day match in last two years, could be back in the 14-man squad for the first Test against Australia.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com