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Preview: Bangladesh’s struggling cricket staff are battling accidents forward of the formidable problem of internet hosting Pakistan for a two-Check collection starting on Friday in Chittagong.
Star gamers Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal are sidelined, added to a insecurity within the camp after shedding eight straight Twenty20 internationals, that means Pakistan will begin as overwhelming favourites.
The guests.netpleted a clear sweep 3-0 within the previous Twenty20 collection however will likely be with out main spinner Yasir Shah, who has been nursing a thumb harm since September.
The leg-spinner has been a key bowler for Pakistan since 2014, taking 235 wickets in 46 Assessments.
All-rounder Shakib suffered a hamstring harm in opposition to the West Indies in Sharjah final month that ended his T20 World Cup, however he had been included within the Check squad within the hope that he would regain his health.
However Bangladesh’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin stated on Tuesday: “Shakib hasn’t recovered from his harm but. He wants additional rehabilitation. Our physiotherapist is continually caring for him.”
Tamim was not noted of the Check squad as he recovers from a finger harm and is unlikely to renew coaching till subsequent month, stated a Bangladesh Cricket Board official.
Minhajul was assured Bangladesh would have the ability to make up for the absence of Shakib.
“We’ve choices within the spin division in addition to in tempo. The staff for the primary Check is made up of cricketers who’ve been enjoying collectively often they usually know the demand of Check matches,” he stated.
“Pakistan are a formidable staff however we’re assured that Bangladesh will likely be.netpetitive if we’re disciplined and affected person.”
Pakistan will substitute Yasir with the 36-year-old Bilal Asif, who performed the latest of his 5 Assessments in 2018.
“We’ve skilled gamers for the Check matches, we wish to simply carry ahead the momentum,” stated Pakistan captain Babar Azam after sweeping Bangladesh within the T20 collection.
Pakistan have performed 10 Assessments in opposition to Bangladesh, profitable 9.
Bangladesh’s solely draw got here in 2015 when Tamim scored a maiden Check double hundred in a file 312-run opening stand with Imrul Kayes within the second innings in Khulna.
The second Check will begin in Dhaka on 4 December.
Bangladesh squad: Mominul Haque (captain), Shadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Abu Jayed Chowdhury, Yasir Ali, Mahmudul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan.
Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Zahid Mahmood.
With inputs from AFP