Nasir, Shafiul earn Test recalls

Nasir, Shafiul earn Test recalls

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced the 14-member squad for the first Test against Australia in Dhaka. All-rounder Nasir Hossain and fast bowler Shafiul Islam have been recalled into the squad. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ প্রথম টেস্টের জন্য বাংলাদেশের দল ঘোষণা]

Batsmen Mahmudullah Riyad, Mominul Haque, pacers Rubel Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Subashis Roy have been dropped from the squad.

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Nasir last played a Test match for Bangladesh back in 2015 against South Africa in Dhaka. Overall, he has played 17 Tests for Bangladesh and scored 861 runs in 21 innings including six fifties and a century. He took eight wickets with the ball.

The 25-year-old was in superb form in Bangladesh’s first-class season when he registered his maiden double century. The selectors have picked him ahead of Mahmudullah and Mominul.

Shafiul has returned to the squad once again. He played nine Tests and took 15 wickets for Bangladesh. His previous appearance in Tests was against England in Chittagong last year. He is one of the three pacers in the squad alongside Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed.

Mahmudullah was dropped from Bangladesh’s XI in their 100th Test in Colombo against Sri Lanka this year. This time he couldn’t retain his position in the squad.

Mominul’s form has been dropped down in recent times. He scored only one fifty in six innings this year. Like Mahmudullah, the left-hander was also dropped for the Colombo Test.

The first Test between Bangladesh and Australia will begin from August 27 at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur at 10:00 am.

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