Bangladesh’s T20I captain Mahmudullah has not played a Test match since February 2020.

Mahmudullah last played a Test for Bangladesh in February 2020. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mahmudullah has not played a Test since February 2020
  • The Zimababwe tour also marks the return of Shakib Al Hasan to Tests and T20Is
  • Injuries to senior players Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal led to the BCB turning to Mahmudullah

Mahmudullah has been recalled to the Bangladesh Test squad after an absence of over a year. The 35-year-old, who is the captain of the Bangladesh T20 team, last played a Test in February 2020.

According to ESPNCricinfo, injuries to senior players Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal led to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) turning to Mahmudullah.

“During an emergency meeting yesterday that included the selectors, the board president (Nazmul Hassan) and myself, we decided that we can’t take a chance with the injuries,” BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan is quoted as saying. “Because of the situation, we decided to make the squad bigger. We are 80 per cent sure that he (Rahim) can play, but we don’t want to take a chance. We want to have a back-up batsman in the squad.”

The Zimbabwe tour also marks the return of all-rounder and former captain Shakib Al Hasan to the Bangladesh Test and T20I squads. Shakib last played a Test match against West Indies in February. He missed the three Tests against Sri Lanka as he was playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2021 Indian Premier League before the tournament was postponed.

His last T20I came in September 2019, after which a thigh injury forced him out of Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand. Tamim Iqbal also returns to the T20I squad after taking leave from the New Zealand tour.

Bangladesh play Zimbabwe in one Test, three ODIs and as many T20Is in a tour that will last from July 7 to July 27.

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