Bangladesh on Monday announced 15-member Test squad for their tour of South Africa. Bangladesh will fly to South Africa later this month for two Tests, three ODIs and T20Is. The slection committee has made few changes in the Test squad and one of the major ones came when Bangladesh Cricket Board accepted all-rounder Shahikb Al Hasan’s plea to get a Test sabbatical, in order to better manage his workload.
The request was accepted on Monday by Mohammad Akram, BCB’s Cricket Operations Chairman. “Shakib wrote a letter to us asking for a six-month break,” Akram said. “He can miss the first Test against South Africa but if he wants, he can play the second Test. He will not be traveling with the team but he can tell us what he decides to do.”
Apart from this, Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain have been called back while off-spin bowler Nasir Hossain has been left out.
While the Test team would be led by Mushfiqur Rahim, BCB is yet to announce the limited overs squad. Rahim-led Bangladesh side tasted success in the recently concluded two-Test series against Australia at home which ended as 1-1 draw. Bangladesh won the first match by 20 runs while lost the second one by 7 wickets.