Wednesday 27 February 2013 

Ashraful Replaces Injured Shahriar Nafees In Test Squad

Ashraful Replaces Injured Shahriar Nafees In Test Squad
Ashraful Replaces Injured Shahriar Nafees In Test Squad
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Former captain and middle-order batsman Mohammad Ashraful has been called up to replace Shahriar Nafees in Bangladesh's Test squad to tour Sri Lanka.

Left-handed opener Shahriar has suffered a hand injury and stitches won't be removed for seven days, allowing Ashraful another recall.

The 28-year-old has played 57 Tests since making his debut in 2001 against Sri Lanka but has struggled to maintain a regular place in the side, last playing a Test in December 2011.

In 111 innings, he has scored 2,419 runs at an average of 22.60 with five centuries.

"Ashraful's name was considered for his experience and previous performances against Sri Lanka which include four Test hundreds," Akram Khan, chairman of the National Selection Panel said.

Ashraful's record against Sri Lanka is an impressive one. In 11 matches, he has scored four centuries and averages 40.85.

Since naming their initial squad, the Bangladesh selectors have been kept busy with injury forcing changes ahead of the two matches in Galle and Colombo starting on 8th and 16th March.

Shakib Al Hasan's injury problems meant call-ups for Enamul Haque junior and Mominul Haque before Enamul, as well as Naeem Islam succumbed to injuries themselves.

They were replaced by Elias Sunny and Marshall Ayub.

Shakib has undergone successful surgery on his right calf in Sydney and will begin his rehabilitation in three weeks.

Bangladesh Test squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain, wicket-keeper), Mahmudullah (vice-captain), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Anamul Haque, Jahurul Islam, Marshall Ayub, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Abul Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Elias Sunny, Mominul Haque

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