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Shakib Al Hasan returns for second Test against Sri Lanka

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Mar. 26 (ICC) - Bangladesh make two changes to their 15-member squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka in Chattogram.

In a big boost to Bangladesh’s hopes of drawing the Test series against Sri Lanka as Shakib Al Hasan makes a comeback to the squad for the second match, starting 30 March.

Shakib returns to international cricket for the first time since the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in November 2023. His campaign was cut short ahead of Bangladesh’s last World Cup match against Australia due to a left index finger injury.

Earlier this year in January, he was diagnosed with a retinal condition but the Bangladesh medical team were “optimistic about managing the condition effectively with a conservative approach.”

Shakib, who last played a Test in April 2023, comes back at the expense of Tawhid Hridoy, who was in the 15-member squad for the first match but did not feature in the XI.

The Tigers have been forced into making another change to the squad with Mushfik Hasan ruled out due to a left ankle injury. Hasan Mahmud has been named as his replacement, who brings experience from his 39 appearances in ODIs and T20Is for Bangladesh but is yet to make his Test debut.

Bangladesh squad for the second Test: Najmul Hossain Shanto (Captain), Zakir Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Shadman Islam, Litton Das, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Nahid Rana, Hasan Mahmud.

Reinvigorated by the changes, Bangladesh hope to bounce back in the series after a dominating performance by Sri Lanka in the first Test.

Dhananjaya de Silva and Kamindu Mendis piled on the runs for the visitors with a century in each innings.

In stark contrast, Bangladesh's batting faltered, failing to surpass the 200-run mark in either innings and succumbing to a heavy defeat of 328 runs.

Crucial WTC25 points will be up for grabs in the second Test in Chattogram with both teams tied at the 6th place in the standings with a point percentage of 33.33.


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  • Man Tuesday, 26 March 2024 04:38 PM

    The pitch, to be free of grass?

    db Tuesday, 26 March 2024 05:02 PM

    AKA "BIG BEN" back to field. welcome back

    Gobbaya Tuesday, 26 March 2024 09:35 PM

    The biggest loser but richer than than the SLC, they say.

    Joe Wednesday, 27 March 2024 01:11 AM

    Could there be another time out by Shakib in this batle

    KKM - Meril Wednesday, 27 March 2024 12:09 PM

    A politician comes and plays cricket again is not a good sign. Either he must play cricket or do politics, both cannot be done.

    M.R. Luwis Wednesday, 27 March 2024 12:12 PM

    Was a cricketer did rowdyism in the field, got into politics and coming back to play. What a crime?

    Jaleel Meeera Wednesday, 27 March 2024 12:14 PM

    As because Shakib-Al-Hasan returned nothing is going to be special. Just another man who performed well one time but failed at his last stages in cricket.

    Ty Wednesday, 27 March 2024 06:17 PM

    The Bangladesh has been graded as one of the most unsporty cricketing nations in the world close to a decade. Shakib's picture hangs high in their hall of infame.

    Db Wednesday, 27 March 2024 07:17 PM

    What is ICC code for this scenario, being in active politics while playing cricket. Ground staff, players, local umpires and administration all may get influenced by the active politian from the ruling party. I believe this is lead to direct political influences for fair game. Should be reasses this situation by ICC immediately , ban cricket for bangladesh.


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