“Zakir has been on our radar for the last five years,” Bangladesh’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin stated. “He was in the High Performance unit for four of those years, and this season he was the highest scorer in first-class cricket. He played a good knock against India A last week. It saved the game. Selector Abdur Razzak, with the Bangladesh A side, witnessed the game and it seems Zakir is prepared for the highest level.”
Tamim Iqbal, who missed the ODI collection with a groin damage, Mosaddek Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman have been the high-profile names lacking from the Test squad, which shall be led by Shakib Al Hasan. It is known that Tamim’s restoration may take till December 22, which may put him doubtful for the second Test beginning on December 22 in Mirpur.
Mushfiqur’s return, nonetheless, is a big increase for Bangladesh, whereas Yasir comes again to the Test format after a protracted layoff following the damage he suffered through the tour of South Africa in March and April. The hosts have picked 5 quick bowlers of their squad, together with the regulation three spinners in Shakib, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam.
The actual battle, nonetheless, shall be for top-order spots. Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Mominul Haque are out of shape, whereas Najmul Hossain Shanto’s spot can also be shaky after scoring only one half-century this yr. The center order seems to be steady with Mushfiqur, Shakib and Litton taking their ordinary locations.
Test squad: Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Yasir Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Litton Das, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Zakir Hasan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Anamul Haque