Mahmud has been named to replace Shakib on the Bangladesh squad for the New Zealand tour


Bangladesh has named its 18-man squad for its tour of New Zealand, which consists of two tests.

The President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Nazmul Hassan, accepted Shakib Al Hasan's official request to cancel the tour of New Zealand. Bangladesh has chosen an equivalent replacement for Shakib in Fazle Mahmud, who is a top notch batter and left arm spinner.

The 34-year-old has a wealth of experience in the world-class community of Bangladesh, having played 94 games since his debut in 2004. He has 5353 runs averaging 34.75 and also won 32 wickets.

He represented the Tigers in ODIs back in 2018 when Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh, although the trips weren't too memorable as he registered ducks in both games.

The two-game test series will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23, with Bangladesh currently at the bottom of the table with zero points after Pakistan swept them clean at home. New Zealand are ahead of Bangladesh thanks to a draw in Kanpur against India, which scored four points.

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The first test will begin on New Years Day at Mount Maunganui before the action moves to Christchurch for the second test on January 9th.

Squad: Mominul Haque (c), Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Fazle Mahmud, Liton Das (wk), Nurul Hasan (wk), Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Shohidul Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mohammad Naim