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Shakib returns as Bangladesh name squad for second Test against Pakistan

December 01, 2021 05:48 PM

Dhaka, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been declared fit for the second

Test against Pakistan starting December 4 in Dhaka.

The other inclusions in the squad come in the form of pacer Taskin Ahmed and batter Mohammad Naim, who has so far been seen as a short format specialist.

The return of Shakib will come as a big boost for Bangladesh as they trail by a 1-0 margin in the two-match Test series. Bangladesh needed more contributions from the middle-order in crucial

phases of the game while also lacking some penetration in their bowling attack, especially in the

second innings during their eight-wicket defeat in Chattogram.

The return of Shakib will boost both the departments of the game for the hosts in Dhaka.

Taskin has also been added to the squad in a move that will add some pace to their bowling department.

The surprise inclusion comes in the form of Mohammad Naim, who has recently become a

fixture of the Bangladesh T20 side. He has played 32 T20Is and 2 ODIs for the Tigers. Naim

has a less than stellar average in first-class cricket, having only played 6 matches and averaging

a meagre 16.63 with a single half-century.

With the inclusions, the hosts will hope for a much better performance in Dhaka against an

n-form Pakistan side who will look to complete a clean sweep and register some crucial points

on the World Test Championship table.

Bangladesh squad: Mominul Haque (c), Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul I

slam, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Khaled Ahmed, Shohidul Islam, Mohammad Naim.

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