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18-Nov-2018 05:52:00 GMT
West Indies in Bangladesh 2018-19

Fit-again Shakib returns to lead Bangladesh in first Windies Test

Dhaka: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been named in the 13-man squad for the first Test against Windies, which starts on November 22 in Chittagong.

The 31-year-old is returning to the international stage after undergoing surgery on his left little finger, which was aggravated during the 2018 Asia Cup earlier this year.

He missed out on Bangladesh's final two games of the competition - the Super Four clash against Pakistan, which they won, and the final against India, which they lost by a narrow margin.

He also had to miss out on the home series against Zimbabwe where the hosts staged a comeback to draw the series after suffering a heavy loss in the first Test.

The all-rounder, who feared that the injured finger might never be healed, managed to declare himself fit to be part of the squad.

Along with Shakib, Soumya Sarkar is also likely to play the first match – his first Test appearance since the tour of South Africa in 2017.

Liton Das, who only managed 47 runs in his four innings against Zimbabwe, and Abu Jayed have been dropped from the side. Shafiul Islam, who failed to get a game in the series, has also been overlooked.

Bangladesh squad for first Test:
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

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