Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain recalled for South Africa Tests

by Steven Clarke September 12, 2017, 1:15
Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain recalled for South Africa Tests

The Bangla Tigers have recalled batsman Mahmudullah in their Test squad to strengthen their batting unit for the upcoming two-match series against South Africa, starting on September 28.

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, the world's leading all-rounder, had requested a six-month break from Test cricket ahead of the upcoming tour of South Africa, the country's board said on Monday. Bangladesh also strengthened their seam-bowling options by adding Subhasis Roy and Rubel Hossain to the squad.

Jalal Yunus, BCB's media committee chairman, confirmed: "Shakib has submitted a letter to the BCB asking for a six-month break from Test cricket". He can miss the first Test against South Africa but if he wants, he can play the second Test.

"Shakib has formally written to the board with the request for some time off from Test cricket temporarily due to the demands placed on him physically and mentally from playing continuously in recent times", BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said in a statement.

"We can't always be thinking about us".

Mahmudullah was ruled out of the Test team in the just concluded Australia tour of Bangladesh apparently for his poor performance in the Sri Lankan Tests this year. Before the Test series against Australia earlier this month, Nasir had last played a Test in July 2015.

Shahib was one of the most successful bowlers in this Test series after the left-arm spinner scalped a total of 12 wickets including two fifers that came in the first and second innings of the first match respectively.

Mushfiqur Rahim (C), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Mominul Haque.

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