Left-handed batsman Mominul Haque has been called back into the squad for the first Test against Australia, which starts from August 27 in Dhaka. He replaces all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ শেষ পর্যন্ত টেস্ট দলে মুমিনুল হক]
The 14-man Bangladesh squad was announced on Saturday by chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu. Mominul and Mahmudullah Riyad were dropped from the squad. The fans took social media to protest Mominul’s exclusion from the squad. Even, 13 of the 19 questions at yesterday’s press conference were regarding Mominul.
It was the first time Bangladesh’s ‘Bradman’ was dropped from the Test squad since his debut. But Mosaddek’s eye infection has made a way back for him. The all-rounder, who made his debut in Bangladesh’s 100th Test, was hit by dust particles during practice session in Dhaka last month. He had undergone an eye operation recently.
Within a single day of announcing the squad, the selectors decided to make a change. The fans of Mominul will be happy to know that he has been included in the squad. He played three Tests this year and registered only one fifty. Although he averages 46.88 in 22 Test matches, the highest among all Bangladeshis.
The first Test of the series will begin on August 27 at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur while the second Test will start from September 4 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.
Bangladesh squad for first Test: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal (vice-captain), Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Liton Kumar Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com