Bangladesh has assembled the uncapped duo Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Rejaur Rahman Raja to participate in the first cricket test against Pakistan in Chittagong on Friday.
The all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is also included in the team, but his physical condition needs to be assessed.
“We obviously have to wait to see if Shakib can participate in the first test, but the players in the team are the most stable for us and their presence can have an impact,” Chief Selection Officer Minhajul Abedin said on Monday.
Experienced opening hitter Tamim Iqbal opted out of the series due to injury.
According to Abedin, the two newcomers entered the team based on their performance in the longer game.
The 21-year-old Batsman Mahmudul has 200 people in his first-class career in the National Cricket League, while the 22-year-old mid-sized player Raja has scored 33 wickets in 10 first-class matches.
“It’s too early for him, but Mahmoudul has shown a good temperament in the longer version,” Abedin said.
“He is also a good hitter. Considering Taskin (Ahmed) and Shoriful (Islamic) injuries, we need to keep our bowling speed options open, and Raja got a nod. We have been Paying attention to his performance in first-class matches. He is strong, energetic, and has a knack for wickets.”
The second test was held in Dhaka from December 4th to 8th.
Team for the first test: Mominul Haque (Captain), Shadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed Rahm, Yasir Ali, Maud Jayed Rahm Hasan Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shakib Al Hasan