Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2016-17 February 21, 2017

Mustafizur returns for Sri Lanka Tests

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Mustafizur Rahman's previous Test appearance for Bangladesh was in August 2015 © AFP

Fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has returned to Bangladesh's Test squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, along with pace bowler Rubel Hossain. Opener Imrul Kayes will miss the two-match series, which starts from March 7, due to a thigh injury.

Bangladesh had omitted Mustafizur from the squad for the one-off Test against India earlier this month, as the team management felt the bowler was not yet 100% fit for a return to five-day cricket. Mustafizur had undergone shoulder surgery in August last year, after picking up an injury while playing for Sussex. He was selected for the New Zealand tour in December-January, and played four limited-overs matches before being ruled out of the two Tests due to a hamstring injury. The bowler has played only two Tests in his career so far - in the home series against South Africa in July-August 2015.

Mustafizur went back to Bangladesh's first-class competition, playing two rounds of the Bangladesh Cricket League, and his bowling spells in the matches convinced Bangladesh's chief selector, Minhajul Abedin, that the bowler was ready for the full tour.

"I am really impressed with the way he bowled in the second innings. I think he got back his rhythm," Minhajul had noted last week.

Mustafizur has replaced Shafiul Islam from the squad that traveled to India. Imrul had also been named in the team for the Hyderabad Test but withdrew after hurting his thigh in the tour match against India A, a recurrence of the injury that had kept him out of the Christchurch Test last month. Mosaddek Hossain, who flew to India as cover for Imrul, has been picked for the Sri Lanka Tests. Minhajul said on Tuesday that Imrul could be added to the squad for the second Test if he proves his fitness in the next round of the Bangladesh Cricket League, which starts from February 26. Imrul is playing the current round for South Zone and scored 31 on the opening day of their match against North Zone.

Rubel had also missed the Hyderabad Test, losing his place to Shafiul after returns of 0 for 65 in Christchurch where Bangladesh lost by nine wickets. However, the bowler did well in the Bangladesh Cricket League, taking ten wickets in two matches for South Zone.

The first Test will be played from March 7 in Galle, while the second match in Colombo, which starts from March 15, will be Bangladesh's 100th in the format.

Bangladesh Test squad Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Subashis Roy, Rubel Hossain.

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  • ziaul on February 28, 2017, 2:34 GMT

    I am looking whether Mushi is leaving keeping and give chance to Liton Das for keeping. We must get Mush for more years with bat only in tests, Liton should play in place of Sabbir or Mahmudullah, these 2 players are yet not ready for tests, they are more of ODI and T20 batsman. I personally feel that Fizz should not play tests in SL, Taskin and Rubel/Rabbi should be playing tests, Fizz should come for ODI and T20 only.

  •   BAN_FAN76 on February 28, 2017, 2:26 GMT

    This will be challenging for Bangladesh but a challenge which Bangladesh needs. May the best team win!

  • Sam on February 26, 2017, 13:46 GMT

    This BAN's chance if there ever was one... but hope we play with some heart and not lose at home and find the spark we need.

  • Ashiqur Rahman on February 25, 2017, 19:16 GMT

    Ain_EL_Sabet: Thats the problem with us bro. I kept hearing we cant do this we cant do that. Because we dont think we can. From my life experiences, everytime I told myself I cant, then it happened and I did not get it. The moment I told myself and I got the same thing that previously I did not. BD bowlers have to believe that yes we can get wickets and we will get wickets. Self belief is the best strength. Why do you think AFG is doing well? Because they actually think thay can. We need to change our attitude otherwise we wont win. Remeber the Engalnd test? We were almost losing.

  • nathaniel on February 24, 2017, 23:45 GMT

    A.Rahman , is there any wicket taking bowler other than mustafiz for Bd ? I dont think so. Also Bd amazing batting collapse is nomore news. I am Bd fan and with 1 or 2 wicket taking bowlers and immaturity of Bd batters I dont expect Bd to beat sl in test, Bd has chance in short format though. I never like Bd selection either, they always select 3 or 4 wrong players.

  • negamb8064911 on February 24, 2017, 20:33 GMT

    Prediction Tests - 3-0 or 2-0 ODIs - 5-0 or 4-1 T20 - 3-0

    Past Record Tests - 14-0 ODIs - 33-4 T20 - 4-1

  • Ashiqur Rahman on February 24, 2017, 20:10 GMT

    SRI_LANKAN_CRICKET_FAN : Make sure you are here after the series lol

  • alimrh5258103 on February 24, 2017, 16:56 GMT

    feeling sad for the host, tough days are coming.

  • Srilankan on February 24, 2017, 5:53 GMT

    Bangladesh won't be able to win a single game in Sri Lankan soil. There is absolutely no way Bangladesh can win a Test match. The only chance is limited overs games. It's also a very tough task as Malinga is back to the squad. Sri Lanka will easily white wash Bangladesh in Tests just like they did to Australia.

  • kanadi on February 24, 2017, 5:14 GMT

    @cricfan5620840 you want to say one got golden duck,one got 2 ball duck for pressure.De cock was clean bowled,Duminy was LBW.Even Amla was playing well before fizz got him with a great delivery.

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