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Shakib returns from finger injury to lead against West Indies in first Test

Shakib Al Hasan will lead Bangladesh in the first Test against West Indies, ending hypothesis about his finger injury. Shakib returned to coaching earlier this week after a month-long rehabilitation programme, following issues with the injury that he sustained in January this yr.

  • IN: Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Nayeem Hasan

  • OUT: Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Jayed, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Islam

Shakib, Soumya Sarkar and 17-year-old offspinner Nayeem Hasan have been the inclusions in the Bangladesh Test squad that was trimmed to 13 gamers from the 15-man squad that had been named against Zimbabwe. Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Jayed, Shafiul Islam and Nazmul Islam have been all dropped.

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin stated that Shakib was match however wanted sport time below his belt, whereas Soumya was picked to resolve Bangladesh’s Test opening conundrum, with Tamim Iqbal nonetheless recovering from a aspect pressure.

“He has no physical problems currently, but he is short of match fitness. But since he is a senior player, we think that he is ready,” Minhajul stated. “Soumya has done well in the NCL. Our openers have failed in Tests, so we want to give him a chance. Soumya plays fast bowling quite well.”

Soumya successfully replaces Liton who confirmed glimpses of kind in ODIs however has struggled in Test cricket this yr. Shanto, Jayed, Shafiul and Nazmul have all been dropped, in accordance to Minhajul, as a result of the selectors wished a smaller Test squad. These gamers will likely be taking part in in the Bangladesh Cricket League, the first-class match which is scheduled to start subsequent week.

It is, nevertheless, significantly chastening for Jayed, who was Bangladesh’s standout bowler July in the West Indies, however is all of a sudden behind Khaled Ahmed in the selectors’ pecking order.

“[Abu Jayed] Rahi is not really dropped. We may go with one seam bowler, so there’s no point keeping him around the squad. The same goes for [Najmul Hossain] Shanto, Shafiul [Islam] and [Nazmul Islam] Apu,” Minhajul stated.

Nayeem, who was a shock alternative in the Bangladesh Test squad final January, has been picked this time for topping the wicket-takers’ charts in the NCL, the first-class match that concluded final week. Soumya in the meantime final performed Tests greater than a yr in the past.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Naeem Hasan

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