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Shakib returns as Bangladesh announce squad for first Test against Sri Lanka

Bangladesh will welcome Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series, starting with the first Test on 15 May at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The series will be played under the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle, where Sri Lanka are currently placed fifth with a point percentage of 50% while Bangladesh languish a spot above the wooden spoon at eighth with 16.66%.

Bangladesh will be boosted by the return of Shakib Al Hasan, who missed the two-match Test series against South Africa due to personal reasons. The Tigers missed the services of their ace all-rounder in the series that they lost 2-0, which included two disappointing fourth innings showings where they were dismissed for 53 and 80 respectively.

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Shoriful Islam’s inclusion is subject to fitness, who also missed the series against South Africa due to an ankle injury. Taskin Ahmed, who sustained a shoulder injury during the first Test against the Proteas remains unavailable as he continues his recovery. The Bangladesh squad led by Mominul Haque has a good blend of experience and youth, with the likes of Rejaur Rahman Raja and Shohidul Islam waiting in the ranks for their maiden Test caps.

Sri Lanka are set to arrive in Bangladesh on 8 May and will play a two-day practice game before the first Test commences at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on 15 May. The action will then move to Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka for the second Test on 23 May.

Bangladesh squad: Mominul Haque (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam (subject to fitness)

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