Bangladesh vs Australia: Hosts drop Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah Riyad for first Test

Bangladesh on Saturday dropped batsmen Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah Riyad from their 14-man squad for the first Test against Australia beginning in Dhaka on 27 August.

AFP, Aug,19 2017

Dhaka: Bangladesh on Saturday dropped batsmen Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah Riyad from their 14-man squad for the first Test against Australia beginning in Dhaka on 27 August.

Mominul and Mahmudullah were part of Bangladesh's squad during their last series in Sri Lanka, though they did not play the final Test in Colombo, which Bangladesh won by four wickets to finish the two-match series 1-1.

Bangladesh's Mahmudullah Riyad reacts after being dismissed during the third day of first test cricket match against India in Chittagong January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) - RTR2924L

File photo of Mahmudullah Riyad. Reuters

"It was expected that Mahmudullah would not be in the squad because he did not play the final Test in Sri Lanka," chief selector Minhajul Abedin said in Dhaka while announcing the squad.

"Mominul also missed out the last Test match. In addition, the kind of statistics that we have, they indicate he is not in good form," said Minhajul.

"He scored just one fifty in the last six innings since January. Yet, he is in our plan for the future. (But) at the moment, we are preferring Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar more in his position," he said.

Shafiul Islam also returned to the side after a good show during a recent warm-up match in Chittagong when he picked up five wickets.

Subashis Roy and Rubel Hossain, who were in the Test side during the Sri Lanka series, have also been omitted.

Australia cricket team arrived in the Bangladesh capital Friday to play two Tests against the hosts as tight security greeted Steven Smith's men at the airport.

Bangladesh have not played a Test against Australia since Ricky Ponting's team visited the country in 2006, six years after they were granted Test status.

Australia were due to play two Tests in Bangladesh in October 2015 but the tour was cancelled over security fears after a wave of attacks by Islamist extremists in the Muslim-majority nation.

Cricket Australia agreed to reschedule the series this year only after Bangladesh promised a head-of-state style security for the visitors.

Australia are scheduled to play a warm-up match on 22-23 August before they take on Bangladesh in the first Test at Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

The second Test will begin at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong from 4 September.

Squad : Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar , Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed.

Published Date: Aug 19, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 19, 2017




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