Thursday, December 9, 2021

BCB: Bangladesh announce squad for first Test

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced the squad for the opening match of the Alesha Holdings Test series against Pakistan starting in Chattogram on 26 November.

There are first call ups to the squad for 21-year old Chittagong Division batsman Mahmudul Hasan Joy, who has made a promising start to his first class career with two hundreds already in the ongoing National Cricket League and Sylhet pacer Rejaur Rahman Raja.

The 22-year-old Raja, who has represented the BCB HP and Emerging Teams, has returned 33 wickets in 10 first class matches for Sylhet Division and Islami Bank East Zone.

Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan is also included in the squad but will have his fitness assessed before being considered for the first Test.

The second Test will be in Dhaka from 04-08 December.

Chairman National Selection Panel Minhajul Abedin on the Inclusion of Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Rejaur Rahman Raja :

“It is still early days for him but Mahmudul has showed good temperament for the longer version. 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.”

Balance of the team :

“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.”

“We have options in the spin department as well as in pace. The team for the first Test is made up of cricketers who have been playing together regularly and they know the demands of Test matches. Pakistan are a formidable team but we are confident that Bangladesh will be competitive if we are disciplined and patient.”        

BANGLADESH SQUAD FOR FIRST TEST : 

Mominul Haque (Captain), Shadman Islam,  Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Kumer 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)

ITINERARY : 

DATEMATCHSTARTVENUE
26-30 Nov. 211st Test10h00 BST (GMT+6)ZACS, Dhaka
04-08 Dec. 212nd Test10h00 BST (GMT+6)SBNCS, Dhaka

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