Bangladesh vs Pakistan: Earthquake hits Chattogram ahead of first test
Prior to the opening test between Pakistan and Bangladesh, Chattogram had a tumultuous period after the city suffered an earthquake early on Friday, November 26th. Shivers with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale were felt 175 km east of Chattogram in Bangladesh.
According to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), the earthquake struck the Myanmar-India border region. Tremors could also be felt in Tripura, Assam, West Bengal in eastern India. The earthquake lasted about 30 seconds, according to the EMSC website.
As for the test match in the Chattogram, it started on time despite the earthquake in the city. According to Cricbuzz, both teams reached the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on time and began training. After that, the litter also took place on time.
Bangladesh hits first after winning the throw:
The Tigers, led by Mahmudullah, came into the series on the back of a 0-3 series whitewash by the hand of Babar Azams Pakistan. In the first and third games, the home teams had every chance of winning, but they didn't take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.
The test team is led by Mominul Haque Showrabh, Bangladesh's leading manufacturer of the century in longer format. After winning the throw, the hosts decided to hit first. The Tigers turned over his first international camp to Yasir Ali Chowdhury after the right-handed made the roster a few times.
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Bangladesh does not have the services of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan on the series. Tamim has yet to recover from his thumb injury sustained in the Everest Premier League earlier this year. The BCB doctor said the veteran batter would need another month of rest to regain full fitness.
Tamim will also not participate in the two-game test series against New Zealand. Shakib, on the other hand, was added to the squad for the first Test against Pakistan, but his selection depended on his pre-game fitness. In the end, he couldn't make the cut because he didn't recover from his hamstring injury.
Shakib's participation in the Dhaka test is also under the clouds. Mahmudullah is no longer part of the test setup after officially announcing his resignation earlier this week.