Bangladesh announce Test squad for Caribbean tour

Bangladesh have announced their Test squad for the tour of the West Indies which will be the first assignment under new head coach Steve Rhodes.

The players will come together in Mirpur on 20 June before leaving for the Caribbean on 23 June to compete in a two-Test series against the West Indies that will begin at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on 4 July. The second Test will take place at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, from 12 July.

The West Indies and Bangladesh will then face each other in three ODIs and three T20Is.

Shakib’s return marks the end of a break from Test cricket that began ahead of the tour to South Africa in late 2017.

The skipper has not played the longest format of the game since the visit of Australia to Bangladesh in September 2017.

In his absence from the team Bangladesh suffered heavy defeats in South Africa and a 1-0 home series loss against Sri Lanka.

Skipper during the South Africa series, Mushfiqur Rahim, gave some bizarre interviews that called his ability to lead the team into question.

Shakib, himself no stranger to criticism from the BCB, will now be tasked with leading the team in a series that will serve as a barometer for Bangladesh in terms of where they are in world cricket.

Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Nazmul Hossain, Shafiul Islam