Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 March 10, 2013

Razzak added to Bangladesh Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Abdur Razzak, the left-arm spinner, has been added to the Bangladesh squad for the Test series in Sri Lanka.

Razzak, 30, is among the most experienced players for Bangladesh in the limited-overs formats but has not been a regular in the Test side. His last Test came in August 2011, when Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in Harare.

"We received a request from the Bangladesh team management in Sri Lanka and according to their requirement Razzak has been included in the side," Akram Khan, Bangladesh's chief selector, said.

Razzak will join the squad on Monday, in Galle where the first of two Tests is currently taking place.

Meanwhile, another senior bowler, Mashrafe Mortaza said he was worried about the slow recovery from an ankle injury, though he didn't rule out playing the ODI series that begins on March 23. "I still want to wait for another four-five days but right now the recovery has taken more time than I would have liked," he said.

Mashrafe suffered the injury during the BPL final, when he also hurt his heel after taking the first wicket. He continued playing in the game, but afterwards had to go through a rehabilitation process which was expected to last three weeks.

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  • ALAM KAISER on March 11, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Enamul Jr should be the next choice for 2nd Test. Why razzak ? Any way he is far better then Sunny.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    its a very good move considering razzak...but i think shahadat needs to play a lot of first-class cricket to improve his bowling line,length,pace& shafiul can the better option for the next match.

  • shahadat on March 10, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    enam jr is injured,sunny is off form, razzaq is not great test bowler, i wish they have picked mosharraf rubel

  • Muhammad Rakibul on March 10, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    It was only the 2nd season of BPL & it had become as a curse for BD national side. 5/6 top cricketers have already got injured with few quality replacements in back-up. I afraid BPL will have same bad effects on BD cricket like IPL had on IND.

  • State drive on March 10, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    That is really a good move... No replacement for Mash.. We have no first bowler ...shahadate never maintain his line & length... Now no need for shahadate. Shafiul's line & length is better than shahadate or rubel.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    I dont know why management usually take Shahadat. He has no variation in his bowling. Management should replace him asap.

  • Bayzid on March 10, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Wise dicision by mangmnt.........Razzak is a great option for tigers....

    Hope carry on well

  • Jonny on March 10, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Taskin is definitely not ready for Test Cricket, however I see no reason why he cannot bowl in ODIs and T20s. I prefer if Shafiul comes in place of Shahadat, at least he has the ability to swing the ball. Abdur Razzak is a wise move considering his recent success in first class Cricket plus has a lot of experience.

  • Ekram on March 10, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Yes!! Yes!!! So glad management finally made this decision. A player of Razzak's caliber should've been an obvious selection for the test team, but its better late than never that mgmt realized that. NOW please make one more right decision, pick a pace bowler to replace Shahadat with someone like Taskin/Nazmul/Shafiul. Taskin might be a risk given his inexperience and age for test cricket but he has the energy and shown the mindset to stick to the basics which are two crucial ingredients for test cricket and sometimes you have to be willing to take risk to find the next star player.

    Just my two cents.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Razzak supposed to be included once Enamul got injured instead of Sunny. Anyway we need more spinner if Enaml is ready to start then he should also be sent to SL otherwise send mosharrof or saqlain for an added spinner option. Best of luck for the tigers

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