DHAKA: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Friday announced a 15-man squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan, with the selectors resting paceman Mustafizur Rahman.

Afghanistan arrived in Dhaka on Friday morning for their maiden Test against Bangladesh, starting Sept 5 in Chittagong.

“Mustafizur has a slight injury. Since we have only one Test match, we did not want to take any risk. Moreover, we have many matches coming. This is why we rested him,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin said in BCB media release.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was also rested for the Test following a request from the player, who wanted the break to refresh after his recent bad patch.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan returned to the Test side. Pacer Taskin Ahmed and all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain were also recalled. Pace bowler Khalid Ahmed was dropped.

Afghanistan will also play a tri-nation Twenty20 series from Sept 13 with Zimbabwe and hosts Bangladesh.

Squad: Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Taijul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain, Abu Jayed.

Published in Dawn, August 31st, 2019

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