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Bangladesh announced their 14-man squad for the two-Test series versus Australia, starting from August 27 at Dhaka. However, two surprise omissions from hosts’ squad were Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah. When asked about their exit, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe revealed that all the players have been picked keeping in mind their current form. He went onto add that fairness has been maintained during the selection process and the players shown the door will have to wait for their chance. Bangladesh host Australia in two Tests with the first being played at Dhaka, followed by the decider at Chittagong.

According to Cricbuzz, Hathurusinghe told, “As a coach, you have a responsibility. But the player also knows what he has to do. They are working very hard on it. Somebody is going to go out of the team when they are not performing. Those players not in the squad, they are still practicing. Confidence comes when we communicate with the player. There is no rule but fairness is applied for everybody. Bangladesh cricket is not all about Mominul. Selection is done by consistency. Some of the guys were dropped for our last Test. I won’t mention name because the team is more important.”

Talking about Mahmudullah, Hathurusinghe said that his replacement did a fine job in helping Bangladesh level the series versus Sri Lanka. “The guys who played in the last game after losing the first Test came back and did well. Although the other guys are doing well in limited-overs cricket, unfortunately they have to wait for their time. Good thing is we are in a rich vein of form in the last few series. Everyone is aware of where they stand: why they are in the team or dropped. They are working hard on what they have to do,” he concluded