Bangladesh quick bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been dropped from the squad for the primary Test in opposition to Pakistan which begins in Rawalpindi on Friday, February 7. The paceman was named within the squad for the two-Test sequence in India in November however didn’t play in both of the Tests due to his poor type, an ICC assertion mentioned.
“Mustafizur was dropped for his poor performance,” mentioned Bangladesh mentioned chief selector Minhajul Abedin as quoted by the ICC.
“He is in and out of the team for quite some time and doesn’t play longer-format matches regularly. His white-ball performances are not satisfactory,” Abedin added.
Other notable names which were neglected are openers Imrul Kayes, Shadman Islam, and spinner Mehidy Hasan, and because of safety causes, the skilled wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has opted out.
However, Bangladesh can be bolstered by the return of opener Tamim Iqbal, who didn’t function within the Test sequence in opposition to India in November as a result of start of his youngster. They have additionally recalled Najmul Hossain and Soumya Sarkar.
“Soumya has been picked as a backup player. Our first choice openers are Saif Hasan and Tamim. We have picked Soumya in the squad if coach makes plan to play him at seven as an all-rounder as they (Pakistan) have good number of quality fast bowlers,” mentioned Minhajul.
Bangladesh will depart for Rawalpindi on Tuesday, February 4.
Bangladesh squad for first Test: Mominul Haque (c), Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Ebadat Hossain, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar
Pakistan is but to announce its squad.