Kriralok Desk: Shakib Al Hasan did not play in the first Test against Pakistan in Chittagong due to injury. There were doubts about whether he would play in the second Test in Mirpur starting December 4.
But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a 20-member squad for the second Test today with Shakib getting fit. Apart from Shakib, fast bowler Taskin Ahmed has returned to the team. Mohammad Naeem has been called up to the Test squad for the first time.
Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by 8 wickets in Chittagong Test today. The second and final Test of the series will start next Saturday in Mirpur. Shakib was also included in the squad announced for the Chittagong Test.
He was told he would play if he was fit. The all-rounder could not play in the Chittagong Test as he did not recover from the injury. Shakib has been included in the squad as he became fit before the second Test. No one was left out of the Chittagong Test team.
Rezaur Rahman and Mahmudul Hasan were called up for the Chittagong Test squad for the first time. The day before the start of the Test, two fast bowlers Khaled Ahmed and Shahidul Islam were called up. These four players have also been included in the Mirpur Test squad. They were joined by Taskin and Naeem.
Naeem, who has played 2 ODIs and 32 T20s, has played 6 first-class matches. However, he did not do anything eye-catching in first-class cricket. He has scored 183 runs at an average of 16.63. Even if he gets 4 half centuries, there is no century.
Bangladesh team in Mirpur Test: Muminul Haque (captain), Sadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Nazmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Miraj, Taizul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Ibadat Hossain, Abu Zayed, Naeem Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan, Rezaur Rahman, Khaled Ahmed, Shahidul Islam and Mohammad Naeem.