Shakib Al Hasan Returns to Bangladesh Test Squad for Second Sri Lanka Test

Shakib Al Hasan Returns to Bangladesh Test Squad for Second Sri Lanka Test

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s talismanic all-rounder, has made a triumphant return to the Test squad after a year-long absence. He has been included in the team for the second Test against Sri Lanka, scheduled to commence on March 30 in Chattogram.

Shakib’s last Test appearance was in April 2023 against Ireland. An eye condition subsequently sidelined him from the longest format, although he has remained active in white-ball cricket. His return to the Test arena is a significant boost for Bangladesh, who are seeking to level the series after losing the first Test by a hefty margin.

To accommodate Shakib, Towhid Hridoy has been omitted from the squad. Hridoy failed to make the playing XI for the first Test. Another change sees pace bowler Hasan Mahmud replace the injured Musfik Hasan. Mahmud, who has yet to make his Test debut, has featured in 39 white-ball internationals.

Shakib’s inclusion brings a wealth of experience to the Bangladesh Test side. He has played 66 Tests, amassing over 4000 runs and claiming 235 wickets. His last international outing was the ODI World Cup in India in late 2023. Since then, he has participated in the Bangladesh Premier League and the Dhaka Premier Division League.

The eye condition that kept Shakib out of the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka has now subsided. He is fully fit and eager to contribute to Bangladesh’s Test fortunes.

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