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Bangladesh have included uncapped pace bowler Abu Jayed in their squad for their upcoming two-Test series against the West Indies.
Jayed has yet to make his Test debut, but has represented Bangladesh in three Twenty20 Internationals, both of which came this year.
Meanwhile, left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman has been named as a stand-by as he has been recovering from a toe injury, which he sustained while playing for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) were less than impressed with Mustafizur as they claimed he failed to reveal the extent of his toe injury. This led to the 22-year-old being ruled out of the recent three-match Twenty20 series against Afghanistan.
All-rounder Mosaddek Hossain joins Mustafizur on the stand-by list, along with Yeasin Arafat, Abu Haider and Naeem Hasan.
However, there was no place in the side for batsman Sabbir Rahman.
Sabbir found himself in hot water once again after getting into a heated altercation with teammate Mehidy Hasan Miraz during the Twenty20 series against Afghanistan. As a result of this, he was dropped for the third Twenty20 International.
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak was also left out of the squad, even though he was called up after nearly four years for the series against Sri Lanka. Seamer Nayeem Hasan and leg-spinner Tanbir Hayder suffered the same fate.
Meanwhile, the pace duo of Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam, who have not played Test cricket since October 2017, are back in the side.
Nazmul Hossain Shanto, who played his lone Test against New Zealand in January 2017, also returned to the Test side, along with wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan, who made his debut in the same match.
Shakib Al Hasan will assume the role of captain once again after taking a break from Test cricket during the national team’s tour of South Africa. He also missed the series against Sri Lanka with an injury.
The Test series against the West Indies, which begins on July 4 in Antigua, will also be Steve Rhodes’ first assignment since being appointed head coach.
Bangladesh’s Test Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt.), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Litton Das, Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hassan, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Abu Jayed, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shafiul Islam