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Bangladesh Call Up Anamul Haque

Anamul Haque celebrates with Mushfiqur Rahim & Shakib Al Hasan
Anamul Haque (right) has played four Tests for Bangladesh
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Bangladesh have added batsman Anamul Haque to their squad for the second Test against Zimbabwe and left out pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain.

After winning the first Test by three wickets, the selectors have opted to give themselves more batting options before the second match in Khulna, which begins on 3rd November.

Hossain did not take a wicket during the opening Test, bowling just eight overs in Zimbabwe's first innings and not bowling at all in the second innings as Bangladesh's spinners proved to be their match-winners.

Anamul, 21, has scored three One-Day International centuries in 22 matches but has so far struggled to make an impression in Tests.

He has managed just 73 runs in four matches since his debut against Sri Lanka in March 2013.

His introduction at Al-Amin's expense is the only change to a 14-man squad and given that Bangladesh lost three wickets without scoring a run in their second innings and were 26 for two in their first, adding an extra batsman is an unsurprising move.

In ODIs, he has kept wicket on occasion, which may be an option the team management could consider.

Such a move - possibly with Shuvagata Hom missing out - would enable captain Mushfiqur Rahim to focus on his batting.

Alternatively, Anamul or Marshall Ayub may be in line to replace Shamsur Rahman at the top of the order.

Bangladesh Test squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal (vice-captain), Anamul Haque, Jubair Hossain, Mahmudullah, Marshall Ayub, Mominul Haque, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Shamsur Rahman, Shuvagata Hom, Taijul Islam

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