The two-day practice match between Bangladesh Cricket Board XI and visiting West Indies in Chattogram could effectively turn into a selection trial, said a senior official on Friday.
The BCB named a strong squad for the game, starting on Sunday at the MA Aziz Stadium, with several Test hopefuls lining up in Rubel Hossain-led side.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said they are likely to pick two or three players from the squad for the Test series provided they did well.
Bangladesh are set to announce a truncated squad for the opening Test today keeping the options open for others.
‘We are not giving a big squad today. Maybe we will name just 12 players. They rest we will see in practice match,’ he said.
National team discard Soumya Sarkar alongside fresh faces Nayeem Hasan and Sadman Islam are in the selectors’ radar for a possible call-up in the national team from the practice game, Minhajul said.
Soumya, who smashed 117 in the third one-day international against Zimbabwe on his return to the one-day side, had a decent showing in the recently concluded National Cricket League where he scored 471 runs – the third highest in the competition.
Sadman and Nayeem both had a stellar run in this years’ NCL, as the former topped the batsman list with 648 runs and latter picked up 28 wickets to top the bowlers chart.
However, Bangladesh’s premier batsman Tamim Iqbal was unlikely to feature in the first Test squad, as the left-hander suffered a side strain during an individual practice session in Mirpur on Tuesday.
The first of the two-match Test series is scheduled to commence on November 22 in Chattogram.
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