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Shanto to lead Bangladesh in home Tests against New Zealand

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Nazmul Hossain Shanto has been named Bangladesh's Test captain for the two-match home series against New Zealand later this month. Shanto was promoted after skipper Liton Das was given a month's paternity leave for the one-off Test against Afghanistan in Dhaka in June. Liton's replacement Shakib Al Hasan is out with a broken finger.

BCB Cricket Operations Committee Chairman Jalal Younus said, "Litton has been given a month's leave, unavailable for the two Tests. He wants to spend time with his newborn baby." "We requested him to at least play the second Test match but he insisted on [staying out] the entire series. That's why we gave him leave. So Nazmul Hossain Shanto will captain the team in these two Tests."

Shanto has played 23 Tests so far, and averages 29.83 with four centuries, but has not led Bangladesh in the format before. He has, however, captained them in three ODIs, including twice in the 2023 ODI World Cup when Shakib was out injured in the games against India and Australia.

Haqib's immediate future in international cricket - as ODI captain for the series in New Zealand next month - remains unclear. There's the finger injury, of course, plus the TV interview before the World Cup, where he outlined his retirement plans. Younus said the BCB had not directly heard about his plans to step down as captain after the World Cup.

Tamim Iqbal, who missed the World Cup after the dramatic incident, Younus said BCB will meet the player on November 22. Tamim has been sidelined since the ODI series against New Zealand at home in September.

Three uncapped players in the 15-man Test squad

22-year-old left-arm spinner Hasan Murad has received his first call-up to the Test team just two years after making his first-class debut. It has been an impressive first-class career for him so far, albeit with 121 wickets in just 25 matches.

The other new faces have both played internationally in other formats: Hasan Mahmood, one of Bangladesh's brightest young fast bowlers, played 20 ODIs and 17 T20Is, including the World Cup, and took 44 wickets in 15 first-class games. as far as; Top-order batsman Shahadat Hussain Dipur has three T20 appearances to his name and has a first-class batting average of 35.02 in 21 matches.

Bangladesh Test squad: Najmul Hossain Shanto (capt), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Naeem Hasan, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, Hasan Murad


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