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November 28, 2012
Mominul Haque, a left-hand batsman, has been brought into Bangladesh's squad for the first two ODIs against West Indies as a replacement for the injured Shakib Al Hasan. The Bangladesh board announced their decision after the completion of the warm-up match between BCB XI and the West Indians in Khulna, where Mominul made 43.
Shakib was ruled out of the first two ODIs because of a stress reaction in his right tibia that caused a shin injury. He has another scan scheduled for December 1 and that will determine the length of his layoff.
"The team management had asked for a batsman to replace Shakib for the first two ODIs, so we picked Mominul," Bangladesh's chief selector Akram Khan said. "He has been batting well for the last one and a half years but I feel it will be wise not to have too many expectations of him because he is new. We will only want him to do things that a batsman does.
"We picked him from among the form batsman. He has been consistent for the A team, scoring runs in West Indies, and also has runs in first-class cricket at home."
Mominul is a middle-order batsman who has been a regular in the Bangladesh A team over the last two years after he graduated through age-group tournaments and spent a year at the National Cricket Academy. He made a pair of forties in the two practice matches for BCB XI against Bangladesh and the West Indians. He scored two centuries for Chittagong in this season's National Cricket League.
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