Tamim, Taskin in for NZ Tests
Bangladesh have announced 15-man Test squad alongside ODI line-up to take on New Zealand away from home in February-March. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ফিরলেন তামিম-তাসকিন, বাদ পড়লেন দুই ক্রিকেটার]
Taskin have earned double-delight with call-ups to ODI and Test squads. He made his Test debut in New Zealand two years ago. His last Test outing was during the tour of South Africa in 2017.
Meanwhile, newcomers – off-spinner Nayeem Hasan and opener Shadman Islam have retained their places in the side. Nayeem grabbed a five-for against Windies on debut in Chattogram. In the next Test in Dhaka, Shadman hit 76 in his first innings to mark his debut.
Bangladesh will play a three-match Test series against New Zealand for the first time. The last time they took part in a three-match encounter was against Zimbabwe at home in 2014.
The first Test will be held at Seddon Park in Hamilton from February 28-March 4. The second Test will be at Wellington’s Basin Reserve from March 8-12. Christchurch will host the third and final Test from March 16-20.
Bangladesh Test squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah Riyad (vice-captain), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaled Ahmed, Abu Jayed Rahi