After testing negative for COVID-19, Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam and all-rounder Shoaib Malik have joined the national squad for the Pakistan vs Bangladesh series.
On Tuesday, both players arrived at the team hotel in the Bangladeshi capital. They will attend today’s training session with the rest of the team (Wednesday).
Today, at 1:45 p.m. local time, the national squad will conduct a full three-hour training session.
The three-match T20 series with Bangladesh begins on November 19.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Rizwan has regained full fitness and participated in the Mirpur Cricket Academy’s training session.
During the T20 World Cup, the batter had a chest infection and had to miss the semi-finals after spending two nights in the hospital. According to a team official, “players stayed busy training for three hours in which they batted, bowled, fielded, and were seen engaged in physical exercise.”
The second and third Twenty20 internationals against Bangladesh will be held in Dhaka on November 20 and 22.
The games will be played during the day, with fans returning to the Bangladesh gallery for the first time since March 2020.
During their visit to Bangladesh, Pakistan will also play two Test matches.
Bangladesh’s T20 squad for Pakistan series
Mushfiqur Rahim, the right-handed batter, has been rested for the three-match T20I series against Pakistan.
He was chastised for his poor performance in the recent T20 World Cup, where he only scored one half-century in eight matches.
Bangladesh had a disappointing tournament, losing to Scotland in the qualifiers and failing to win a single game in the Super-12 stage.
With all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin ruled out due to injury, they were forced to make at least six changes to their squad for the upcoming series.
Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar, as well as fast bowler Rubel Hossain, have been dropped for the series against the World Cup semi-finalists.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, a batter, and Aminul Islam Biplob, a leg spinner, have both been recalled to the squad.
Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Akbar Ali (a wicketkeeper), batters Saif Hassan and Yasir Ali Chowdhury, and pace bowler Shohidul Islam all received their first T20 call-ups.
Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Saif Hassan, Yasir Ali, Shohidul Islam, Akbar Ali.