Bangladesh middle-order batsman Mosaddek Hossain has been included in the Bangladesh Test squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka, which begins on May 15.
Mosaddek Hossain included in Bangladesh Test squad
The 26-year-old has only played three Test matches for Bangladesh, the most recent of which will be against Afghanistan in Chattogram in September 2019.
But he had performed well in the recently-concluded Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, the List A tournament, where he scored 658 runs as well as picked up 16 wickets in 15 matches for Abahani Limited.
“Mossadek was injured after playing two first-class games so he could not play either in the National Cricket League or the Bangladesh Cricket League (the first-class competitions),” Habibul Bashar, member of the senior men’s team’s selection panel told on Friday (April 29).
“We have included him as we feel if we play four bowlers then we might need someone who can bat down the order.”
The Sri Lanka cricket team will arrive in Bangladesh on May 8 for the two-match series which is a part of the 2021-2023 ICC World Test Championship. The first Test starts at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram while the second Test commences at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka on 23 May.
Bangladesh Test Squad
Mominul Haque Showrab (Captain), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Kumer Das, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam (subject to fitness), Mosaddek Hossain Saikat.