Mosaddek Hossain, a middle-order batsman, has been named in the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) team for the first Test against Sri Lanka, which begins on May 15.
The right-hander, who is 26 years old, last played a Test match in May of this year.
Previously, Nayeem Hasan was named to the team in place of the injured Mehedy Hasan, but Mossadek was added to provide them with more batting depth. Mossadek is not a regular in red-ball cricket.
Batsman Mosaddek Hossain Saikat has been included in Bangladesh’s squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka, which is a welcome move for Bangladesh fans and supporters. Bangladesh’s batting depth has been bolstered with the addition of a right-handed batter. The tour of Bangladesh by Sri Lanka is set to begin on May 15.
‘Mosaddek Hossain someone who can bat down the order’: Habibul Bashar
The 26-year-old has only played three Test matches for Bangladesh, the most recent of which will be against Afghanistan in Chattogram in September 2019.
The right-handed batsman, on the other hand, had a stellar performance in the just-concluded Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, scoring 658 runs and scalping 16 wickets in 15 matches for his team Abahani Limited.
“After playing two first-class games, Mosaddek got injured, and he was unable to play in the National Cricket League or the Bangladesh Cricket League” (the first-class competitions).
Cricbuzz quoted Habibul Bashar, a senior men’s squad selection panel member, as saying, “We have included him because we feel if we play four bowlers, we might need someone who can bat down the order.”
Sri Lanka’s cricket squad will travel to Bangladesh on May 8 for a two-match series as part of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-2023. The first Test will take place on 15 May at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram, and the second on 23 May at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka.
Bangladesh Squad: Mominul Haque (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Das, Yasir Ali, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam (subject to fitness), Mosaddek Hossain.