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Mosaddek Hossain added to squad: Bangladesh bolsters batting further for SL Tests

Updated Bangladesh squad for SL Tests (17):
Mominul Haque (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan*, Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam (subject to fitness), and Mosaddek Hossain**

* Earlier, Nayeem Hasan came in as a replacement for injured Mehidy Hasan

** Mosaddek Hossain was added to the squad last week

SL Test cricket tour of Bangladesh

Schedule:

  • 8 May (Sun.) – Sri Lanka team arrive in Bangladesh
  • 11 and 12 May (Wed. and Thur.) – Two-day practice match at M.A. Aziz Stadium, Chattogram
  • 15-19 May (Sun. to Thur.) – 1st Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
  • 23-27 May (Mon. to Fri.) – 2nd Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

Bangladesh have added Mosaddek Hossain to their squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka (SL) starting on 15 May at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

The Bangladesh batter becomes the second addition to the squad after Nayeem Hasan, who came in as a replacement for the injured Mehidy Hasan.

A part-time spinner

The move will bolster Bangladesh’s batting department in what will be a crucial series for the hosts in their hunt for vital World Test Championship 2021-23 points, as they languish just above the bottom of the table.

Mosaddek isn’t a regular for Bangladesh in the longest format, having last played a Test in 2019 against Afghanistan in Chattogram.

Overall, he has played only three Tests, scoring 164 runs at an average of 41.00. His inclusion, though, will give Bangladesh some useful overs, as he is a more-than-handy part-time spinner.

A bowling all-rounder needed

Mosaddek’s inclusion was confirmed by a member of the senior men’s team’s selection panel, Habibul Bashar, to the media last week.

Bashar had said: “Mosaddek was injured after playing two first-class games so he could not play either in the National Cricket League or the Bangladesh Cricket League.

“We have included him as we feel if we play four bowlers, then we might need someone who can bat down the order.”

The sides will compete in a two-match Test series with the first match taking place in Chattogram between 15-19 May. The second Test will be held in Dhaka between 23-27 May.