Mustafizur Rahman has been named in a 22-member preparatory squad that will train in Australia next month before Bangladesh embark on their tour of New Zealand. The left-arm pace bowler is recovering after undergoing shoulder surgery in August after sustaining an injury playing for Sussex last season.
Mustafizur's last international match was at the World T20 earlier this year. On December 10, the day after the final of the Bangladesh Premier League, Bangladesh will fly to Australia, where they will train and play matches in Sydney during a ten-day camp, before leaving for New Zealand for three ODIs, three T20s and two Tests in December and January.
There was no place in the preparatory squad for Rubel Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Mosharraf Hossain, who are among the nine standbys. Rabbi is the only member of Bangladesh's XI in the second Test against England to not feature in the squad.
Apart from Mustafizur, the selectors have included the uncapped Tanveer Haider, Ebadat Hossain and Nazmul Hossain Shanto, and Subashis Roy, who was in the senior squad for the second Test against England last month.
Tanveer is a batting allrounder who bowls legspin, Ebadat is a pace bowler who emerged from a fast-bowling hunt, Shanto is a young batsman who was part of Bangladesh's squad during the 2016 Under-19 World Cup, and Subashis is a fast bowler with plenty of first-class experience.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Shahid has also been included in the preparation squad though he missed out on the two Tests against England due to injury.
Bangladesh's preparatory squad for New Zealand tour: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Taijul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam, Subashis Roy, Mohammad Shahid, Ebadat Hossain, Tanveer Haider.