Mushfiqur likely to make Test return against Zimbabwe

Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is likely to make his return to Test cricket with the upcoming sole Test against Zimbabwe.mushfiqur-rahim-to-quit-test-wicket-keeping

With the match scheduled to begin on February 22, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is expected to announce the 15-man Bangladesh squad today (Sunday).

There had been rumors in Bangladeshi cricket circuit for last few days that Mushfiqur would not be considered for the Test against Zimbabwe if he did not change his mind about touring Pakistan to play the second Test and the solitary ODI in April.

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However, chief selector Minhajul Abedin said yesterday that there was no reason to not include the wicketkeeper-batsman.

“We spoke with Mushfiq [Saturday] and he is all set to return to the Test side for the upcoming Test series against Zimbabwe. We are going to submit the Test team [today] and most likely the squad will be announced later in the day,” Minhajul told the media Saturday.

While it was learned that the board had really asked Mushfiqur to reconsider his decision and tour Pakistan in April, it is still unconfirmed whether or not Mushfiqur gave in to the board’s request.

Taskin Ahmed is also likely to get an opportunity to return to the national team, as current first-team pacer Al Amin Hossain is recovering from injury. Mustafizur Rahman and Hasan Mahmud as well could be involved in the Test against Zimbabwe.

But the burning question at the moment is: will Mahmudullah Riyad be in the Zimbabwe Test squad? It was widely reported that the team management had asked the 34-year-old to focus on the limited-overs format after another low-key performance against Pakistan in the Rawalpindi Test last week, and it will be interesting to see whether the selectors still include him in the Test team.

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