Shafiul Islam and Ebadat Hossain replaced Taskin Ahmed on ODI and test for New Zealand Tour. As Taskin Ahmed got injured and Shafiul Islam and Ebadat Hossain did well in BPL-19.
Let remember about BPL-16 Bangladesh was closed to New Zealand tour and Shafiul Islam made his position for performing well in the BPL. But he slipped from the squad for injury. But Taskin Ahmed faces the same fate this time. He got injured in the ankle for taking a tough catch from the boundary line. As Shafiul Islam is the best option for ODI on the basis of skill but this right-hander has a tendency to get injured.
As three name came first for Taskin Ahmed’s replacement in New Zealand tour. Abu Zayed, Shafiul Islam, and Ebadat Hossain. But coach Steve Roads favors Ebadat Hossain for the test for the purpose of introducing this young-star about the international ground. Though the selectors were not agreed with the coach but Ebadat Hossain came to the squad and will fly for his test debut.
The 25-year-old Ebadat Hossain debuted in the first-class debut for Sylhet Division in September 2016 and has picked 59 wickets in 19 matches. In November 2018, playing for North Zone in the Bangladesh Cricket League, he bagged a 10-wicket against Central Zone. He also bagged four wickets in Sylhet Sixers victory against Chittagong Vikings on BPL-19.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin
“We picked Shafiul because of his experience while we opted Ebadat because he impressed us with his pace. I am sure both will try to capitalize the opportunity.”
Test squad for New Zealand
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riad, Liton Das, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Khaled Ahmed, Shadman Islam, Ebadat Hossain
ODI squad for New Zealand
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarker, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riad, Ruble Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Mohammad Mithun Mohammad Saifuddin Nayeem Hasan and Shafiul Islam.
Finally, Shafiul Islam and Ebadat Hossain replaced Taskin Ahmed on ODI and test for New Zealand Tour. First ODI will come to the wicket on 13th of February.