Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Hosts recall Abdur Razzak in place of injured Shakib Al Hasan for first Test

Bangladesh have included veteran spinner Abdur Razzak in place of injured Shakib Al Hasan for the first Test against Sri Lanka, a team official said on Monday.

AFP, January 29, 2018

Dhaka: Bangladesh have included veteran spinner Abdur Razzak in place of injured Shakib Al Hasan for the first Test against Sri Lanka, a team official said on Monday.

Shakib was ruled out of the Test starting Wednesday in Chittagong after injuring a little finger during the tri-series final against the islanders last weekend.

The 35-year-old Razzak, who bowls left-arm spin, was recalled to the side four years after he played his last Test against the Windies in 2014.

File image of Bangladesh's Abdur Razzak. AFP

File image of Bangladesh's Abdur Razzak. AFP

"It is not easy to find a replacement for Shakib. We need someone experienced to replace him. Sunzamul has yet to play any Test, so we recalled Razzak," said chief selector Minhajul Abedin.

"Now we will see his fitness in training before we finally include him in the playing team," he said.

Razzak, one of three Bangladeshis to take more than 200 wickets in one-day internationals, played only 12 Tests after making his debut in 2006. He picked up 23 wickets.

He showed his form with the red ball in the ongoing domestic first–class competition, Bangladesh Cricket League, where he took 20 wickets in three matches.

During the tournament he grabbed the spotlight by becoming the first Bangladeshi player to take 500 wickets in first-class cricket.

The second Test is in Dhaka, starting on 8 February.

Bangladesh will also play two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka.

Updated Date: Jan 29, 2018

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1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 5154 117
3 New Zealand 3886 102
4 Australia 4599 102
5 England 5029 97
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
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2 South Africa 6912 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
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1 Pakistan 3763 130
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 121
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 England 2402 114
6 South Africa 2551 111