Bangladesh’s struggling cricket crew are battling accidents forward of the formidable problem of internet hosting Pakistan for a two-Take a look at sequence starting on Friday in Chittagong.
Star gamers Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal are sidelined, added to a insecurity within the camp after shedding eight straight Twenty20 internationals, that means Pakistan will begin as overwhelming favourites.
The guests accomplished a clear sweep 3-Zero within the previous Twenty20 sequence however will likely be with out main spinner Yasir Shah, who has been nursing a thumb harm since September.
The leg-spinner has been a key bowler for Pakistan since 2014, taking 235 wickets in 46 Checks.
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All-rounder Shakib suffered a hamstring harm towards the West Indies in Sharjah final month that ended his T20 World Cup, however he had been included within the Take a look at squad within the hope that he would regain his health.
However Bangladesh’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin stated on Tuesday: “Shakib hasn’t recovered from his injury yet. He needs further rehabilitation. Our physiotherapist is constantly taking care of him.”
Tamim was overlooked of the Take a look at squad as he recovers from a finger harm and is unlikely to renew coaching till subsequent month, stated a Bangladesh Cricket Board official.
Minhajul was assured Bangladesh would be capable of make up for the absence of Shakib.
“We have options in the spin department as well as in pace. The team for the first Test is made up of cricketers who have been playing together regularly and they know the demand of Test matches,” he stated.
“Pakistan are a formidable team but we are confident that Bangladesh will be competitive if we are disciplined and patient.”
Pakistan will change Yasir with the 36-year-old Bilal Asif, who performed the latest of his 5 Checks in 2018.
“We have experienced players for the Test matches, we want to just carry forward the momentum,” stated Pakistan captain Babar Azam after sweeping Bangladesh within the T20 sequence.
Pakistan have performed 10 Checks towards Bangladesh, successful 9.
Bangladesh’s solely draw got here in 2015 when Tamim scored a maiden Take a look at double hundred in a file 312-run opening stand with Imrul Kayes within the second innings in Khulna.
The second Take a look at will begin in Dhaka on December 4.
Bangladesh squad: Mominul Haque (captain), Shadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Abu Jayed Chowdhury, Yasir Ali, Mahmudul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan.
Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Zahid Mahmood.