The current series against Zimbabwe has already been dubbed a series for experimentation and in line with that thinking the Minhajul Abedin-led selection panel included four uncapped players for the first Test, agencie s report.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have announced the 15-member Test squad for the two Tests against Zimbabwe on Thursday. The first Test will take place from 3rd November in Sylhet which will be first ever Test at the venue, and the second and final Test will be held in Dhaka from 11th November.
Bangladesh have included four new faces for the Test series, but have overlooked Tushar Imran once again. The right-handed batsman recorded seven centuries in the calendar year in domestic cricket. However, Bangladesh selectors have still opted against calling him back to the national side after a 11 year period.
Four new players have got their maiden call up in the Test arena – pacer Syed Khaled Ahmed, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Mithun, all-rounder Ariful Haque and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam Apu.
Arif, Mithun, Khaled and Nazmul were the fresh faces in the 15-member squad as axes fell on Kamrul Islam, Rubel Hossain and Nurul Hasan from the last Test squad for the West Indies tour while Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are still injured.
Refreshingly, the selectors put their focus on domestic performances in recent times when introducing new faces or considering old ones, but that was not the case for Tushar Imran, who has been achieving one domestic batting milestone after another. Mahmudullah Riyad will lead the team in the absence of Shakib, who has yet to recover from his finger injury. Tamim is recovering from a left knuckle fracture sustained during the first match of the Asia Cup in September in Dubai.
Minhajul told reporters that they picked the best possible side and also explained the reasoning behind picking the new faces. The following is his explanation about the call-ups of Ariful, Mithun, Khaled and Nazmul.
The Bangladesh Test squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against visiting Zimbabwe was announced by the BCB Thursday. Mahmudullah has been selected as captain in the absence of Shakib.
“We have picked four new players for the Test series against Zimbabwe. We have prepared our squad considering our home conditions. Every match is important for us. We didn’t perform well in the last Test series against the West Indies. But we are hopeful that we can bounce back and perform well in the Zimbabwe series at home,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu informed the media at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium in Chittagong.
The first Test will be held at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium from November 3-7 while the second and final Test will take place at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka from…
Khaled has been included for his impressive form in the ongoing National Cricket League. He bagged five wickets in each innings in the recently concluded fourth-round match.
“Khaled is a player from our High Performance squad and we have nurtured him there. He has some extra pace among all the bowlers we have in the HP squad. We have high hopes about him and we are confident with his fast bowling. Hopefully he will give us good service in international cricket,” Minhajul added.
Ariful was a slightly surprise call-up in the Test scene. With that said, he is also in good form in the domestic four-dayers as he scored a double century after returning from the Asia Cup in the UAE this month.
“We have picked Ariful after discussing with the team management. In home conditions we often need batsmen in the late middle-order so that we can score quick runs.
These type of batting is effective on slow wickets. That’s why we have picked him. Besides that, he can also bowl with the new ball. So we have picked him as an all-rounder,” Minhajul concluded.
Mithun has been picked to bolster the middle-order batting as Shakib is not playing. And Nazmul has been picked for his left-arm spin. Pacer Shafiul Islam meanwhile, has returned to the Test team.