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Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar in Bangladesh squad for 1st Test vs Pakistan

Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar in Bangladesh squad for 1st Test vs Pakistan”

Batsmen Shan Masood and Babar Azam, who starred in the Test matches against Sri Lanka in December previous year, have been retained.

"Bilal Asif has been brought in because of left-handers and it gives us a different option if we need it".

Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been dropped from the squad for the first Test against Pakistan which starts in Rawalpindi on Friday, February 7.

Moreover, the first Test match scheduled to play at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from February 7-11. Even as Asif picked up 43 wickets, Ashraf churned out 118 runs in three matches in addition to picking up eight wickets.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal gone back to the Test side after missing the India series for household explanation while Bangladesh additionally recalled batsmen Najmul Hossain and Soumya Sarkar.

Both were in decent form in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Asif made his Test debut towards Australia in Dubai in 2018, the place he took six wickets.

Bangladesh had agreed to tour Pakistan in three phases and after playing three Twenty20 internationals returned home earlier this week.

Pakistan have called back all-rounders Faheem Ashraf and Bilal Asif for the first Test against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi. The second Test is scheduled for Karachi after nearly a two month's break when Bangladesh plays a one-off ODI and Test match in between 3-9 April. This time they will also play an ODI match before going into the last Test.

"It's very hard not only for me but for the players too", Misbah said.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh last time played a Test match in Pakistan back in September 2003. "We have tried to include experienced players in Test series to put up a good performance", he said.

This time wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who pulled himself out of the Pakistan tour on security grounds ahead of the Twenty20 worldwide series, skipped the Test series too. India now lead the championship with 360 points followed by Australia (296), England (146) and Pakistan (80).

Squad: Azhar Ali (captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Bilal Asif, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah.



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