Left-arm Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been left out of the 15-man squad for the upcoming two-Tests series in the West Indies after he failed to recover from an injury. The 22-year-old left-arm seamer, who has been named among the standbys, was recently sidelined with a toe injury, reports ESPNcricinfo.
Rahman, who has claimed 26 wickets in 10 Tests, hurt his left big toe while playing for the Mumbai Indians last month in the Indian Premier League. He had missed the T20I series against Afghanistan and was expected to take up to three weeks to recover when he was ruled out in the last week of May.
Shakib Al Hasan, who had taken a break from the Test series in South Africa and later missed the home Tests against Sri Lanka with injury, will lead the side. Right-arm fast bowler Abu Jayed, who has played three T20 internationals, has earned his maiden call-up to the Test squad. The first Test will be played in Antigua from July 4 while the second and final Test will be held in Kingston, Jamaica from July 12. Besides the two Test matches, Bangladesh are also scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is on the West Indies tour. The last two T20 matches will be played in Lauderhill in the United States.
The tour to the Caribbean islands will be Steve Rhodes’ first full series as Bangladesh coach. Rhodes, the former England wicketkeeper, was appointed as the coach of Bangladesh earlier this month replacing Sri Lankan Chandika Hathursingha.
Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmud Ullah, Litton Kumer Das, Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shafiul Islam.
Standby: Yeasin Arafat, Abu Haider Rony, Naeem Hasan, Musaddek Hossain Saikat, Mustafizur Rahman.