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Bangladesh announce squad for first Test against Pakistan

Bangladesh team. Photo: Bangladesh Cricket

Dhaka, Nov 23 (MNN) Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a squad for the opening match of Alesha Holdings Test series against Pakistan starting in Chattogram on November 26.

There are first call-ups to the squad for 21-year old Chittagong Division batsman Mahmudul Hasan Joy, who has made a promising start to his first-class career with two hundreds already in the ongoing National Cricket League and Sylhet pacer Rejaur Rahman Raja.

The 22-year-old Raja, who has represented the BCB HP and Emerging Teams, has returned 33 wickets in 10 first class matches for Sylhet Division and Islami Bank East Zone.

Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan is also included in the squad but will have his fitness assessed before being considered for the first Test.

The second Test will be played in Dhaka from December 4 to 8.

National Selection Panel Chairman Minhajul Abedin said: “It is still early days for him but Mahmudul has showed good temperament for the longer version. He is also in form. With injury concerns to Taskin (Ahmed) and Shoriful (Islam), we needed to keep our pace bowling options open and hence Raja got the nod.  We have been monitoring his performances in first-class competitions. He is strong and energetic and has a knack for taking wickets.”

He also said that there is a fair bit of experience as Mominul (Haque), Mushfiqur (Rahim),  Shakib, Taijul (Islam) and Miraz (Mehidy Hasan) are part of the squad.

“We will obviously have to wait to see if Shakib makes it for the first Test but these players have been the most consistent performers for us in Tests and their presence can make a difference.

“We have options in the spin department as well as in pace. The team for the first Test is made up of cricketers who have been playing together regularly and they know the demands of Test matches. Pakistan are a formidable team but we are confident that Bangladesh will be competitive if we are disciplined and patient.”

Bangladesh squad:

Mominul Haque (Captain), Shadman Islam,  Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Kumer Das, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Yasir Ali Rabbi, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shakib Al Hasan (subject to being declared fit to play)

MATCH                  DATE                             TIME                       VENUE           

1st Test            Nov 26-30                        10hrs BST (GMT+6)            Dhaka, ZACS

2nd Test          Dec 4-8                             10hrs BST (GMT+6)           Dhaka, SBNCS

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