Sunny to replace Gazi for Test series against West Indies

Sunny's last Test match for Bangladesh came against Sri Lanka in March 2013

Sunny’s last Test match for Bangladesh came against Sri Lanka in March 2013

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have announced that spinner Elias Sunny will replace Sohag Gazi in the squad for the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, which gets underway on September 5 in St Vincent.

Sunny left Dhaka yesterday to join the national team in St Vincent.

“I was very surprised at first,” Sunny told Prothom Alo. “Let alone the national team, I wasn’t even in the preliminary squad for Bangladesh A, though I was added later. I felt I had just fallen from the sky when some journalists called me on Friday evening telling me that I might be in the Test squad. I think I have recovered from the shock. I am feeling quite happy now.

“Maybe I wasn’t getting the wickets, but I bowled well in the NCL and BCL. You need luck to do well in cricket, but I took 9 for 155 in the last BCL game. I think I did not do too badly in the only match I played in the West Indies for Bangladesh A in Barbados.”

Gazi has returned home from the West Indies after being reported for having a suspicious bowling action during the second ODI in Grenada. The BCB want him to apply for a UK visa as soon as possible since he has to get his action tested at Cardiff Metropolitan University by September 19.

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