Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been included for the two-match Test series against New Zealand next month, despite being reluctant to travel.
Bangladesh cricket team is scheduled to tour New Zealand for a couple of Test matches, starting on January 1 in Mount Maunganui followed by the second game in Christchurch.
Shakib back for the second Test against Pakistan
Shakib, who missed the T20I series and first Test against Pakistan owing to a hamstring injury, was back in the team for the second Test in Dhaka.
The 34-year-old all-rounder is said to inform the board about his unwillingness to travel for the Test series next month. However, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan said the player needs to give an appropriate reason officially.
Shakib Al Hasan has to give a reason officially: BCB
“He hasn’t informed us officially. He told us unofficially. We told him to inform us officially. He has to give a reason. Shakib contributes with either bat or ball. He strengthens the team combination. There’s no substitute for Shakib,” Nazmul was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Shakib also missed Bangladesh’s final games of the T20 World Cup because of his injuries which forced him to rule out just before the end of the group stage.
Bangladesh selectors have named an 18-member squad for the New Zealand Tests.
Left-arm pacer Shoriful Islam returns back to the squad as Nayeem Hasan and Rejaur Rahman Raja, who are part of Bangladesh for the Pakistan Test series, have been dropped from the squad against the Black Caps.
Bangladesh lost the first Test to Pakistan by eight wickets in Chattogram and will hope to level the series in Dhaka.
Bangladesh squad for New Zealand Test series: Mominul Haque (capt), Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Shohidul Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mohammad Naim