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Bangladesh tour of New Zealand

Ebadot Hossain called up to replace injured Taskin Ahmed for NZ Tests

Bangladesh called up uncapped pace bowler Ebadot Hossain for this month’s Test series against New Zealand, replacing the injured Taskin Ahmed.

For the three-match ODI series that starts in Napier on February 13, Taskin will be replaced by the experienced Safiul Islam.

Taskin has been ruled out of the tour with a torn ligament after he was recalled into the ODI and Test squads following an impressive show in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.

He was the competition's leading wicket-taker with 22 scalps until he was struck by injury.

"We’ve chosen Ebadot for Test because he bowls hitting the seam. Shafiul will come into the ODI side as he is in fine form in BPL and he is also experienced," said chief selector Minhajul Abedin.

Newly called-up Ebadot was a finding of a talent hunt programme in 2017. The 25-year-old has claimed 59 wickets in 19 first-class matches.

Bangladesh will play three ODIs and three Test matches in New Zealand between February 13 and March 20.

Bangladesh also failed to win any matches during their last New Zealand tour in 2017-18.