BAN vs PAK, 1st Test: Bangladesh announced a 16 man squad for the first test against Pakistan that will get underway on November 26 in Chattogram. Uncapped players Mahmudul Hasan & Rejaur Rahman have been named to the squad for the first test while Taskin Ahmed was not named in the squad as he require stitches on his hand due to an injury he sustained in the third T20I against Pakistan.
Opener Tamim Iqbal has not been included in the squad due to his second thumb fracture on his left thumb which he sustained during an Everest Premier League match held in October. Even though star all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan has been selected in the squad his fitness will be assessed before the match.
Mahmudullah’s inclusion in the national squad comes on the back of his stellar performances in first-class cricket. He has already hit two centuries in the ongoing National Cricket League thereby making an excellent start to his career. With Taskin & Shoriful Islam sidelined due to injuries the selectors have named Rejaur Rahman to the squad. The 22-year-old has so far picked 33 wickets in 10 games.
“It is still early days for him but Mahmudullah has shown good temperament for the longer version,” Chairman of the National Selection Panel, Minhajul Abedin said. “He is also an in-form batsman. With injury concerns to Taskin (Ahmed) and Shoriful (Islam), we needed to keep our pace bowling options open and 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.”
“There is a fair bit of experience if you consider that Mominul (Haque), Mushfiqur (Rahim), Shakib, Taijul (Islam), and Miraz (Mehidy Hasan) are all 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.”
BAN vs PAK 1st Test: Bangladesh Squad
Mominul Haque (C), Shadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Kumar 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)