Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Dhaka October 16, 2004

Kapali recalled for New Zealand series

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Alok Kapali: back in favour © Getty Images

Alok Kapali is back in favour with the Bangladesh selectors, after being named in a 14-man squad to face New Zealand in the first Test at Dhaka, beginning on Tuesday.

Kapali, one of the more gifted players in the Bangladesh set-up, was dropped ahead of the Champions Trophy, although he was later reinstated following the finger injury to the captain, Habibul Bashar.

Bashar, who underwent surgery to correct the problem, is back to lead the side, although he will undergo a late fitness test on Monday, to determine whether he is fit enough to play.

The opening batsman, Hannan Sarkar, is also back in the squad, alongside the medium pacer, Alamgir Kabir. The former Under-19 captain, Nafis Iqbal, is another notable inclusion and could yet make his Test debut.

Bangladesh Habibul Bashar (capt), Rajin Saleh, Khaled Mashud (wk), Javed Omar, Mohammad Ashraful, Manjurul Islam Rana, Tapash Baisya, Mushfiqur Rahman, Mohammad Rafique, Tareq Aziz, Nafis Iqbal, Hannan Sarkar, Alok Kapali, Alamgir Kabir.