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Uncapped Shahadat, Mushfik earn maiden call-up for Afghan Test

Litton to lead Tigers

June 05, 2023 00:00:00

Shahadat Hossain Dipu and Mushfik Hasan earned maiden call-up as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced the squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan on Sunday, report agencies.

The solitary Test is scheduled to commence at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur in Dhaka on June 14.

In the absence of regular captain Shakib Al Hasan, right-handed wicketkeeper-batter Litton Das will assume the leadership role for this match.

Taskin Ahmed, who was ruled out of the Ireland Test due to a side strain, comes back to the squad. Zakir Hasan also makes his return after missing the Ireland Test in April. He suffered a thumb injury after being picked in the ODI squad for the first time in March. His return means no place for Shadman Islam, while Shakib and Rejaur Rahman Raja are also out from the previous squad.

Chattogram Division batter Shahadat Hossain Dipu and Rangpur Division paceman Mushfik Hasan were called up following their superb performance in different level of cricket for the past two years.

Shahadat, a 21-year-old right-handed middle-order batter, made his first-class debut in 2021. He has amassed 1265 runs from 20 first-class games, including two centuries and 10 half-centuries.

Mushfik, on the other hand, rose to prominence following his debut in the 2022 first-class season. The 20-year-old fast bowler has claimed 49 wickets in 13 matches, featuring three five-wicket hauls. Both players were part of the Bangladesh A side in the recently concluded unofficial Test series against West Indies A.

The Afghanistan Test side will arrive on June 10.

The visitors are set to arrive on June 10. The home squad gathered for a training camp at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the Test venue, on Sunday.

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