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Uncapped leg-spinner Jubair Hossain has been included in Bangladesh’s squad for the first Test against Zimbabwe, which gets underway on October 25 in Mirpur.
It has also been announced that pace bowler Shahadat Hossain and batsman Marshall Ayub have been drafted into the side.
“I am excited at being selected,” Jubair Hossain told ESPNcricinfo. “But there is a long way to go. I am in the 14-man squad but I hope to play against Zimbabwe. I have played against their A side recently and I know some of the Bangladesh players from that series.”
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed added: “With Sohag Gazi not available due to suspension we felt we needed a bit of variation in our bowling and that is why Jubair is in the squad. He is a bright young prospect and if he is to play then it is always good to start at home. He has the talent in a difficult art and gives the side an interesting option despite his inexperience.
“The spin-bowling department is always important on our pitches and apart from the legspinner we have two specialist left-arm spinners and the off-breaks of Shuvagata [Hom] and Mahmudullah.
“Shahadat adds valuable experience and we have been impressed by the work he has put in on his fitness and bowling during the last few months. He looks motivated and hungry. Nasir Hossain has missed out due to a combination of lack of form and consistency. I am sure he will be back but we still have depth in batting.”
Bangladesh Test squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal (vice-captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Rubel Hossain, Shuvagata Hom, Mahmudullah, Shafiul Islam, Jubair Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Marshall Ayub, Al-Amin Hossain, Taijul Islam