Fit-again Shakib Al Hasan named in Bangladesh squad for first West Indies Test
Shakib Al Hasan (AFP Image)

Shakib Al Hasan will resume his duties as captain after he was named in Bangladesh’s 13-man squad for the first Test against West Indies starting November 22. Shakib, who sustained a complicated injury to his finger in January missed the series against Zimbabwe to get a surgery done. After a month-long rehabilitation, Shakib returned to training earlier this week, signalling he was fit and ready to go.

Shakib last played for Bangladesh during the Asia Cup but left the tournament midway to offer his finger treatment. Joining Shakib in the squad is Soumya Sarkar and 17-year-old offspinner Nayeem Hasan. Soumya was added to Bangladesh’s squad for the last ODI game against Zimbabwe but didn’t get to play. However, he has been in prolific form for Khulna Division in the National Cricket League, registering scores of 83, 117, 66, 102* and a five-wicket-haul.

Hasan is an offspinner who is also handy with the bat. He’s been among the wickets for Chittagong D, taking 25 wickets in the last five matches. He was earlier picked in Bangladesh’s Test squad to play Sri Lanka but didn’t get a game. He took 12 wickets against Afghanistan U-19s during the home series last year, where he rounded up with two BPL appearances, picking up Mushfiqur Rahim’s wicket.

“He [Shakib] has no physical problems currently, but he is short of match fitness. But since he is a senior player, we think that he is ready,” Minhajul said. “Soumya has done well in the NCL. Our openers have failed in Tests, so we want to give him a chance. Soumya plays fast bowling quite well.

“[Abu Jayed] Rahi is not really dropped. We may go with one seam bowler, so there’s no point keeping him around the squad. The same goes for [Najmul Hossain] Shanto, Shafiul [Islam] and [Nazmul Islam] Apu.”

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Naeem Hasan