Fizz out; Shakib-Taskin in for Afghanistan Test
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has named 15-man squad to face Afghanistan in their first-ever clash in Test cricket. A few changes have been made to the squad for the one-off Test in Chattogram. [Read in Bangla: একমাত্র টেস্টের জন্য বাংলাদেশ দল ঘোষণা]
The squad sees the return of right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed, who has not appeared in a Test match for last two years. His inclusion has resulted in omission of left-armer Mustafizur Rahman. Mustafizur is currently dealing with back injury. Abu Jayed Rahi and Ebadat Hossain have retained their places while Khaled Ahmed missed out with knee injury.
Tamim Iqbal had already made himself unavailable for the series. The southpaw batsman is on a break from all forms of cricket. All-rounder Mosaddek Hossain has made his way back to the Test squad. Nayeem Hasan is the second off-spinner in the team alongside Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
The historic one-off Test will begin on September 5 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. This will be Afghanistan’s third Test in their history. Rashid Khan will lead the visiting side.
This is the first and only home Test for Bangladesh this calendar year. This match, however, is not a part of World Test Championship (WTC).
Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah Riyad (vice-captain), Soumya Sarkar, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed Rahi, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain Chowdhury