Shakib, Shoriful picked for first Sri Lanka Test

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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has included Shoriful Islam in their 16-member squad for the opening Test of the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka, to begin from 15 May. BCB had earlier said that he was likely to miss the first game due to a surgery but are now confident he’ll be fit on time. Shoriful and Taskin Ahmed had returned home from South Africa after the first Test due to respective injuries.

“He (Shoriful) will have his surgery (for the non-cricketing injury) and it will take eight to 10 days to recover. We are expecting to send him on 25 or 26 and even if he does the operation after two days, we are expecting him to be fit by 10 May, and if that is the case and he passes the fitness test he will be in the squad for the Sri Lanka series, and that is the reason we have kept him as available subject to injury,” BCB Cricket Operation Chairman Jalal Yunus told Cricbuzz on Sunday.

“Shoriful had an ankle injury in South Africa and has recovered from it,” he said, adding that Taskin Ahmed’s chance of making it into the squad looks very slim as he is still having some pain from his shoulder injury and will be travelling to England on 6 May to assess his condition.

Shakib Al Hasan, who missed the South Africa Tests and returned home after the ODIs, is expected to play in the long format after a long gap, after having missed the series in South Africa and New Zealand. Pace bowler Abu Jayed Rahi and Shadman Islam failed to make the cut, while pace bowler Rejaur Rahman, who is yet to make his debut, makes a comeback in the squad.

“We have kept Abu Jayed in the practice game. He is lacking a bit of pace and so we have not included him for the Test series, but we are hopeful that he will make a comeback sooner rather than later by overcoming all his shortcomings,” BCB Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz.”Shadman is dropped largely due to his form,” he added.

Injury scare for Bangladesh

On the day that Bangladesh announced their squad, two of their stalwarts – Mehidy Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim – suffered minor injuries while playing in the Dhaka Premier League. Mushfiqur twisted his left ankle while fielding in the deep, while Mehidy hurt his index finger while completing a catch – of Tamim Iqbal. Mushfiqur was given ice therapy and Mehidy was taken to the nearby hospital.

The Sri Lanka cricket team will arrive in Bangladesh on 8 May for a two-match series which is a part of the 2021-2023 ICC World Test Championship. The touring team will have a two-day practice game at BKSP on 10-11 May. BCB officials told Cricbuzz that they have changed the venue of the practice game from Chattogram to Dhaka as per the request of the visitors. The first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram starts on 15 May, while the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka is from 23 May.

Bangladesh Squad: Mominul Haque (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan, Ebadot Hossain, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam (subject to fitness) (Cricbuzz)