The Tigers received a further blow as opener Imrul Kayes also sustained a shoulder injury that forced the selectors to leave the southpaw from the crucial game
The BCB announced the 13-man squad for the second and final Test match of the series against the West Indies, which will begin Friday at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
Bangladesh have been facing some injury problems as opener Tamim Iqbal missed the first match after missing the Zimbabwe series, and the left-handed batsman could not gain enough fitness for the Mirpur Test.
The Tigers received a further blow as opener Imrul Kayes also sustained a shoulder injury that forced the selectors to leave the southpaw from the crucial game.
In the absence of Imrul, Bangladesh have picked rookie Shadman Islam to accompany Soumya Sarkar for the opening slot.
Imrul was rested as he has been recovering from a shoulder injury.
Soumya and Shadman are the only remaining two openers in the squad.
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Despite the injury concerns, selectors chose only 13 players for the squad, and the chairman of the cricket operations committee of the BCB, Akram Khan said they want to release others for taking part in first-class cricket.
“The team were drafted by the selectors. Only 13 players were selected as we are playing in the home ground. In that case, only one player will be extra. The Bangladesh Cricket League is going on currently. We want those who have less chance of playing here to participate in the BCL as it is one of the top tournaments of the country,” said Akram yesterday after the announcement of the squad.
“In that case, if someone plays well there and create good opportunities, they will be benefited in future. We want to keep a minimal squad and let others play BCL,” he added.
Apart from the openers, Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan has also been suffering from injury, but he took part in the first Test against the visitor at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, though he missed the previous series against Zimbabwe.
With all those absent, rotation policy in pace department and changes of personnel in the middle-order, selectors allowed five players to make their debuts in the last two series.
In all likelihood, Shadman will be the sixth in that list and though some are questioning the stability factor after so many debuts, Akram saw the positive side of it when asked about it.
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“This question would be more appropriate for the selectors. However, we have some players suffering from injury and at the same time we must provide opportunities to our young players. We are testing some players in Tests now,” said Akram.
“It is a good luck for us that four to five important players have been playing for the Bangladesh team in the last 10-12 years. But they have also some limit in playing every game. So, we must see some new cricketers. It is a positive side. Some of them are doing well while others have not. We must go through this process. We hope if those who are getting chances do well there will be no problems,” he explained.
The Tigers played with four spinners against the Windies in the first Test and went with only one pacer in the shape of Mustafizur Rahman.
But Akram said they will decide the playing XI only after observing the pitch in Mirpur.
“We want to take advantage of home ground. And we can pick anybody, any time in the home ground. As the Chittagong track was spin-friendly we took more spinners. There will be practice [Wednesday]. We will observe the wicket. We will take our decision according to that observation,” said the former Bangladesh captain.
Akram also hinted that they may even pick someone outside from the squad if necessary.
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“Our young bowlers are doing well. Players like Ebadat [Hossain], [Abu Jayed] Rahi, who are not in the side, are doing well. The players who are with the side are also doing well. As we are playing at home we can pick anybody according to our requirement,” the 50-year old concluded.
Shakib al Hasan (C), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Ariful Haque, Syed Khaled Ahmed and Shadman Islam