Shakib returns to lead Bangladesh against Windies


Captain Shakib Al Hasan has recovered from injury and will lead Bangladesh in the first Test against West Indies, starting in Chittagong on 22 November.

The Tigers named a 13-man squad for the first Test against the Windies which featured Shakib, who has been out since late September with a finger injury.

The allrounder missed the recent home series against Zimbabwe but Bangladesh chief selector Minhjaul Abedin said the all-rounder recovered from the injury sooner than expected.

Minhjaul Abedin told AFP: “He has been cleared by the physio to play against the West Indies.

“There is no pain in his finger now. And he should be available from the first Test. He has a lack of match practice. But we thought as a senior cricketer he could adjust.”

Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam, who played in the drawn series against Zimbabwe, made way for Shakib.

Batsman Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain, and pacers Saiful Islam and Abu Jayed, who were also part of the squad for Zimbabwe, have been excluded.

Top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar was recalled while the hosts also icalled up uncapped off-spinner Nayeem Hasan.

The West Indies will play two Tests, three ODIs and as many T20 internationals during their month-long series in Bangladesh from November 22 to December 22.

Bangladesh Test squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Soumya Sarker, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed and Nayeem Hasan