Abul Hasan © Getty Images
Abul Hasan © Getty Images

Bangladesh on Wednesday recalled medium pacer Abul Hasan to replace the injured Mustafizur Rahman for next month’s Twenty20 series against Afghanistan  in India. Mustafizur was ruled out after sustaining a toe injury during an Indian Premier League match for Mumbai Indians on May 20. Afghanistan will host Bangladesh for the first-ever T20 series between the countries in the Indian city of Dehradun from June 3 to 7.

A week later Afghanistan will play their inaugural Test, against India in Bangalore from June 14. Selectors delayed announcing Mustafizur’s replacement until learning more about the newly-laid pitch at Dehradun’s Rajeev Gandhi International Stadium.

“It was a new ground so we wanted feedback from the team,” said chief selector Minhajul Abedin. ”They reached Dehradun on Tuesday and found the pitch a bit grassy, so we decided to send a pace bowler. Otherwise we would have sent a spinner.”

Abul’s last four T20Is were against Pakistan in 2012. Afghanistan are ranked eighth on the T20Is ranking, two places ahead of Bangladesh.