Bangladesh bring back Nasir, Shafiul for first Australia Test

Bangladesh bring back Nasir, Shafiul for first Australia Test

Squad for 1st Test: Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk & c), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) named a 14-member squad on Saturday (August 19) for the opening Test against Australia that starts in Dhaka on August 27. As reported earlier, the announcement marks the return of all-rounder Nasir Hossain and paceman Shafiul Islam.

“We have opted not to include Mominul because of his recent form. In the last six Test innings he scored only one fifty. He just could not deliver as per our expectations but still he is not totally out of our radar.

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“We did not take the series against England into consideration because it was long time back. If the batsman is not among runs in four or five innings, he will be low in confidence and there is always huge pressure on home soil,” Abedin mentioned about Mominul.

“It is not that he is totally out of our system there is every possibility that he can be seen in the next Test match,” he further added.

“Nasir had been in the team because we have got plans with him in mind. There are several left-handers in the Australian squad and we feel his off-spin can be handy. Along with that there is some kind of infection in Mossadek eyes, so we are keeping him as a back-up for him as well,” concluded Abedin.

Mahmudullah, who first lost out on the A-plus category of the central contract, has run out of favour due to his continued poor form. His last Test, against Sri Lanka in Galle, saw him return just eight runs. Likewise, another constant feature of Bangladesh’s Test make-up, Mominul Haque, also missed the bus for the upcoming Test.

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