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Considering the conditions of the surface the selection panel has axed their experienced pacer Abu Jayed Rahi in the forthcoming Test series against Sri Lanka starting in the next month while adding young gun Rejaur Rahman Raja as a backup pacer having a few injury concerns.

Bangladesh national team chief selector Minhajul Abedin said that they have dropped Abu Jayed Rahi in the two Tests against the touring side as the matches are going to be played at their own condition where they don’t need the added swing he generates.

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced a 16-man squad on Sunday for their first Test against the touring Sri Lanka where they have dropped their experienced pacer Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi.

‘About Rahi, since the series is going to be played at our den, we consider him when we need someone for additional sewing,’ said Minhajul Abedin.

However, the selection panel has considered uncapped Rejajur Rahman Raja in the squad who earlier managed a call in the Pakistan series last year.

Tigers’ chief selector revealed that they have roped the 22-year-old as a backup pacer due to the injury concerns of a few Tigers.

He additionally added that the speedy bowling alongside the pace variations of the lad have led him in the doorway of the national side anew.

‘Raja [Rejaur Rahman] has ended tremendously in the High Performance camp training. Furthermore in some domestic games he has bowled with superb speed along with pace variation consequently we have brought a slight change.’

The Bangladesh national team has received injury fear ahead of the significant series which is the part of the second cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.

Tigers express pacer Taskin Ahmed who had a sterling South Africa series in the last month has been dropped due to his shoulder injury.

His fellow left arm pacer Shoriful Islam was also likely to rule out due to his abdominal issues and will undergo surgery in Singapore within this month. However he has been put up in the squad subject to his availability.

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‘There are also some injury concerns as Shariful is not fully fit but hopefully we can get him from the first Test.’

‘Since Khaled and Ebadat are playing, moreover the series is going to be at our home soil, we will need three simmers   as well. With that in mind, we have included Raja as a backup.’

The selection panel also overlooked the Tiger opener Shadman Islam who failed to go beyond 30-run in his last five games.

‘Since the series is going to be held at our den therefore we have included Shadman for the practice match. There are some more players in the same place.’

‘We are preparing them all. The bio bubble security has been relaxed hence we would rope any when we will be needed.

SQUAD

Mominul Haque Showrab (Captain), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Kumer Das, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam (subject to fitness)

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