Bangladesh bring back Shakib, retain Litton for 2nd Sri Lanka Test

The ace all-rounder ends his recovery from injury and rest by playing two Dhaka Premier League matches

Published : 26 March 2024, 12:39 PM
Updated : 26 March 2024, 12:39 PM

Bangladesh have named Shakib Al Hasan in the squad for the second and last Test against Sri Lanka after a gap, while retaining batsman Litton Das despite his poor run.

The ace all-rounder was supposed to miss the entire home series against Sri Lanka, but he has ended his recovery from injury and rest by playing two Dhaka Premier League matches.

The 37-year-old played his last Test against Ireland in April 2023.

He has tacked up 611 runs with an average of 38.18 against Sri Lanka in nine Tests, including one century and four fifties. With the ball, he has taken 38 wickets, including three five-wicket hauls in single innings.

To make room for Shakib, Bangladesh Cricket Board has dropped Towhid Hridoy, who was in for the injured Mushfiqur Rahim.

Litton has been given another chance after a soft dismissal in the first Test that saw him play a poor shot and leave the team in trouble. Bangladesh lost the match by 328 runs.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has an overall good record in Tests, but his performance in Sylhet called into question the decision to include him in the squad.

In both innings, he did not appeal after taking catches. With the bat, he scored 25 runs in the first innings.

In the second innings, he was much criticised for losing his wicket recklessly when his side was under huge pressure at 37 for four.

“There is something wrong,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan said in a press conference on Tuesday, hinting at dropping him from the second Test, but now the 29-year-old has made it into the squad.

Hasan Mahmud’s return as replacement of Musfik Hasan is the other change to the squad. Musfik was selected for the series, but the 21-year-old injured his left ankle.

Mahmud was included in the Test squad previously, but could not make his debutHe has 49 wickets from 16 matches in first class cricket.

Bangladesh Squad:

Najmul Hossain Shanto (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Zakir Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Shadman Islam, Litton Kumer Das, Mominul Haque Showrab, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Nahid Rana.