Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday announced a 13-member roster ahead of Tigers second Test match against Windies on Friday (November 30) at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
Left-handed opener Imrul Kayes is ruled out from second Test match because of shoulder injury he sustained, after being hit by a ball, during first Test in Chattogram. Imrul’s injury opened the door for young 23-year-old left-handed batsman Shadman Islam Anik. Shadman was also included in the 13-man squad in Chattogram Test, after his brilliant 73-run innings for BCB-XI during the warm-up game against Windies.
However, he was not included in Tigers starting eleven for Chattogram Test. The home side didn’t include any player in his place, making it likely that Shadman Islam will have a Test debut.
“The physio report says that Imrul has injury on his shoulder and toe. He will need 10 days for recovery,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, rumours surrounding southpaw batsman Tamim Iqbal’s return was brushed aside after selectors announced Test squad. He was not included in the squad. Therefore, Shadman will partner Soumya Sarkar as the hosts will look to seal a 2-0 series win after claiming the first Test by 64 runs. Selectors again kept faith in Soumya. Soumya kept his place in the squad despite another batting debacle in both innings of first Test. He will look to repay selectors faith this time around.
“We are looking forward to see how Shadman responds to international cricket. If he makes it into the XI as he is scoring runs quite consistently in the domestic tournament [Highest scorer in NCL]. There is no specific update of Tamim injury status so we did not include him. But if he is available we can include him anytime. That is why we had to announce a 13-member squad,” said Minhajul. In his last six first-class games for Dhaka Metro, Shadman has scored three half-centuries and two 150-plus scores to surge ahead. In total, he has played 42 first-class games and has 3023 runs at an average of 47.50.
Meanwhile, pacer Khaled Ahmed returned to the side. Khaled impressed in his debut despite remaining wicket-less in the second Test against Zimbabwe and with the Dhaka wickets being more pace-friendly than the ones in Chattogram, Khaled’s inclusion might see Bangladesh go with a more balanced attack after they played four spinners and one pacer in the first Test.
Meanwhile, Minhajul quashed questions about selectors not backing the pacers while playing at home. In the first Test, Bangladesh went in with just one pacer in Mustafizur Rahman who bowled just four overs in the game. “I think we need to think where we are playing before claiming that we are not backing pace bowlers. In the last Test all the wickets were taken by the spinners and certainly it indicates they are having a good amount of confidence under their belt,”
The second and final Test will begin on November 30 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Soumya Sarker, Md Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmud Ullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Naeem Hasan, Ariful Haque, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shadman Islam.