Mahmudullah included in Bangladesh Test squad for one-off match vs Zimbabwe

Mahmudullah last played a Test match in January 2020 against Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 26 June 2021 6:53 pm

Senior batsman Mahmudullah has been added to Bangladesh’s Test team three days after the squads for the three formats were announced for the tour of Zimbabwe commencing next month. Mahmudullah, who leads the Bangla Tigers’ T20I side, has been added more than a year after he played his last Test.

Notably, while Iqbal was forced to withdraw from the Super League stage of Prime Bank Cricket Club’s campaign in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) post sustaining a knee injury, Rahim sustained a fractured finger last week.

We are 80% sure that Rahim can play: BCB cricket operations

“During an emergency meeting yesterday that included the selectors, the board president [Nazmul Hassan] and myself, we decided that we can't take a chance with the injuries,” BCB cricket operations Akram Khan was quoted.

"Because of the situation, we decided to make the squad bigger. We are 80% sure that he [Rahim] can play, but we don't want to take a chance. We want to have a back-up batsman in the squad," he added.

Mahmudullah last played a Test match in January 2020 against Pakistan in Rawalpindi but was left out of the series against Zimbabwe last year and couldn’t break through in the Tests against West Indies and Sri Lanka. He also received a white-ball only central contract in 2020.

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