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After nearly four years since his last Test match, left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has been recalled to Bangladesh’s squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka.
The 35-year-old was added to the side as further cover for all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has been ruled out of the first Test with a finger injury. There is even a possibility that he might miss the remainder of the series.
Prior to calling up Razzak, the Bangladesh selectors also drafted left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam and all-rounder Tanbir Hayder into the team.
Razzak has represented Bangladesh in 12 Tests over an eight-year span and taken 23 wickets at a disappointing average of 67.39. His last Test match came against Sri Lanka in Chittagong in February 2014.
However, given that he recently became the first Bangladeshi bowler to take 500 first-class wickets and has consistently been among the top wicket-takers on the domestic circuit, the national selectors decided to include him in the national team for the first Test against Sri Lanka, which will begin on January 31 in Chittagong.
Bangladesh’s squad for first Test: Mahmudullah (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamrul Islam, Mehidy Hassan, Rubel Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Tanbir Hayder, Abdur Razzak