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Bangladesh add Mominul Haque to squad for first Test against Australia

Mominul Haque is back in the Bangladesh squad
Mominul Haque is back in the Bangladesh squad

Bangladesh have added top-order batsman Mominul Haque to the squad for the first Test against Australia to be played in Mirpur from Sunday.

Haque, who was not part of the original 14-man squad has replaced Mosaddek Hossain, who will need at least two weeks to recover from an eye infection.

Earlier, head coach Chandika Hathurusingha had indicated that Nasir Hossain has been drafted into the squad as a cover for Mosaddek and stressed that "Bangladesh cricket is not about just Mominul".

However, following a meeting of Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan and selectors, a decision was taken to reinstate Mominul back in the squad.

"I don't know if he would be in the XI but there was an opportunity to keep him in the squad," Hassan said.

"What would happen if they made it a 15-man squad instead of a 14-man squad? There's no need to create controversy. Anybody would feel bad seeing Mominul out of the squad.

"We have decided that Mominul is coming in as Saikat has an eye infection. So we don't want to take a risk with him. See, it wouldn't have come to that if we didn't have a gap."

Mominul, who has played 22 Tests till now managed just 232 runs from five matches, with an average of 23.20. In the recent tour of Sri Lanka, the 25-year-old scored just 12 runs in the solitary game.

Bangladesh squad for first Test:

Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk & captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Sabbir Rahman, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

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