Zimbabwe looking forward to Bangladesh challenge: Taylor

Mushfiqur Rahim

Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed have also made their comebacks in the squads. The BCB included two uncapped players in middle order batsman Yasir Ali Chowdhury and pace bowler Hasan Mahmud, who have been in tremendous form in the domestic circuit.

CRAIG Ervine wants to savour every moment of his brief stint as stand-in Zimbabwe cricket team captain when he leads the national side during the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka starting on February 22. We felt that Mahmudullah needed a break from the red ball.

Rajput's men will warm up for the upcoming Test when they face the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in a two-day practice match scheduled to begin next Tuesday at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan.

"I think we are very familiar with their conditions as we have toured there a considerable amount in comparison to other countries so it should hold us in good stead".

There is a very nice blend of experience and potential.

'It is unfortunate that some players had to miss out but our priority has been to ensure balance and continuity. Yasir is from our high-performance squad, and he has done well in the BCL recently.

Yasir has averaged 60.28 in five first-class matches in the last 12 months, while Mahmud has been picked based on his potential, because his recent form hasn't been great: he has picked up only six wickets in three matches at an average of 40.83 in the previous year.

There had been rumors in Bangladeshi cricket circuit for last few days that Mushfiqur would not be considered for the Test against Zimbabwe if he did not change his mind about touring Pakistan to play the second Test and the solitary ODI in April.

Spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz is fit again and there are recalls for left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman and paceman Taskin Ahmed.



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