Bangladesh Cricket Board on Saturday announced that the all-rounder Mahmudullah has been named in the Bangladesh test squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.
Mahmudullah has not played in the longest format of cricket for more than a year due to his injury. His last Test appearance came against Pakistan in February 2020. However, now he has fully recovered from his injury & can bowl efficiently which has resulted in his test recall.
The inclusion of Mahmudullah in the test squad increases the total count of players to 18. Shakib-Al-Hasan is also included in the test squad. Meanwhile, players like Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed, and Mushfiqur Rahim, who are out of action in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League due to their respective injuries, are expected to be deemed fit before the Zimbabwe tour. Mahmudullah is included in the test squad to fulfill the role of a senior player as Tamim & Mushfiqur are suffering from injuries.
“Look Tamim and Mushfiqur have injuries so we have included Mahmudullah as he is a senior member and we don’t want to take any risk,” Akram Khan said. ”As he is bowling, naturally it was also considered behind his inclusion.”
The one-off test match will be played between Zimbabwe & Bangladesh on July 7 at the Harare Sports Club. Bangladesh will play a three-match ODI series which is a part of the ICC World Cup Super League & three T20Is in Zimbabwe.
Ahead of the one-off test match, the Bangladesh squad will play a two days practice match on July 3 & 4 in Harare. And is slated to play a warm-up match on July 14 just two days before the start of the ODI series. The ODIs are scheduled on July 16, 18, and 20 in Harare, while the three T20Is will be played on July 23, 25, and 27 at the same venue.
Bangladesh Test squad:
Mominul Haque (c), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mahmudullah.
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