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Mustafizur Rahman, Imrul Kayes left out; Tamim returns for Rawalpindi Test
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Mustafizur Rahman, Imrul Kayes left out; Tamim returns for Rawalpindi Test

Mustafizur Rahman on Saturday was left out of the squad which will face Pakistan at Rawalpindi for the first Test starting February 7.

Mustafizur was picked in the squad for the recent two-Test series against India but didn’t play any game due to his poor form and fitness.

"Mustafiz was dropped for his poor performance. He is in and out of the team for quite some time and doesn't play longer-format matches regularly. His white-ball performances are not satisfactory," said chief selector Minhajul Abedin in a statement.

Opening batsmen Imrul Kayes, Shadman Islam and off-spin bowler Mehidy Hasan were also dropped from the side whereas Mushfiqur Rahim had opted out of the squad owing to security concerns.

Tamim Iqbal will be making a comeback to the side after a gap of almost a year. He last made a Test appearance during Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand. Soumya Sarkar has been snapped up as a back-up player in the squad.

"Soumya has been picked as a backup player. Our first choice openers are Saif Hasan and Tamim. We have picked Soumya in the squad if coach makes plan to play him at seven as an all-rounder as they (Pakistan) have good number of quality fast bowlers," said Minhajul.

Bangladesh set to depart for Pakistan on Tuesday (February 4) for the first Test at Rawalpindi, which is set to be played from February 7-11.

The second Test will start from April 5 – after the scheduled Pakistan Super League.

Bangladesh toured Pakistan earlier in January for the three-match T20I series, which was won by Pakistan 2-0. 

Bangladesh squad

Mominul Haque (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar