Dhaka, Feb 2: Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been omitted from the squad for the first Test against Pakistan which starts in Rawalpindi on February 7.
The paceman was named in the squad for the two-Test series in India in November but did not play in either of the Tests because of his poor form. "Mustafizur was dropped for his poor performance," said Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin. "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 that have been left out are openers Imrul Kayes, Shadman Islam, and spinner Mehidy Hasan while due to security reasons, the experienced wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has opted out, an ICC report on Sunday said. However, Bangladesh will be bolstered by the return of opener Tamim Iqbal, who did not feature in the Test series against India in November due to the birth of his child. They have also 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," said Abedin. Bangladesh will depart for Rawalpindi on February 4. 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. (UNI)