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Mustafizur Rahman rested for first Test against New Zealand

Mustafizur Rahman rested for first Test against New Zealand
Mustafizur Rahman (left) is expected to play in the second game

Bangladesh have rested pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman for the first Test against New Zealand which begins on 12th January in Wellington.

Rahman, who made a comeback from injury in the One-Day International series against the Black Caps has been given more time before he faces the rigours of the longer format of the game while Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain have been recalled into the squad.

Also, Mushfiqur Rahim, who was earlier ruled out of the limited overs series after sustaining a hamstring injury in the first game also returns to the squad and will be leading the 15-man squad.

The selectors have left out spinning all-rounders Shuvagata Hom and Mosaddek Hossain from the squad that played against England at home while Mehedi Hasan, who started his career with a man of the series performance will join the spin bowling options along with Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam.

After the series against New Zealand, Bangladesh will play a solitary Test in India next month followed by a tour of Sri Lanka in March.

Bangladesh squad for the First Test against New Zealand

Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Subashis Roy

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