Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed the news on Wednesday. Raju will join the team on Friday. Bangladesh team including 12 players left Dhaka on Tuesday.
A BCB release said: “Right-arm paceman Abul Hasan Raju has been named as Mustafizur Rahman’s replacement in the Bangladesh squad for next month’s Twenty20 International series against Afghanistan in Dehradun, India. Mustafiz was ruled out of the tour after picking up an injury to his left foot.”
Raju has been impressive in shorter format in domestic cricket. He took 10 wickets at an economy rate of 8.13 and an average of 24.40 for Sylhet Sixers in last year’s Bangladesh Premier League.
Raju made his T20I debut in 2012. He has taken only two wickets in four T20Is. He will be playing in this format after almost 6 years. He last played for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in a tri-series match in January this year.
Bangladesh’s series with Afghanistan will commence on June 1.
Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah Riyad, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Kumar Das (wk), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Abu Hider Rony, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed Rahi, Abul Hasan Raju
Afghanistan vs Bangladesh series 2018:
03 June – First T20I – 8:30 pm
05 June – Second T20I – 8:30 pm
07 June – Third T20I – 8:30 pm