The Bangladesh cricket team will host Afghanistan in a one-off Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh, starting from Wednesday, June 14. The match will start at 9:00 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Ahead of the Test match, the hosts have suffered a massive blow as captain Shakib Hasan has been ruled out due to injury. In the absence of Shakib, vice-captain Litton Das will lead Bangladesh in the much-anticipated Test.
Bangladesh have announced their 15-member squad which includes two uncapped players. Chattogram Division batter Shahadat Hossain and Rangpur Division pacer Musfik Hasan have been added to the squad.
Having made his first-class debut in 2021, the 21-year-old Shahadat has amassed 1265 runs in 20 matches, including two hundreds and 10 fifties.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old fast bowler Musfik, who made his first-class debut in the 2022 season, has already picked up 49 wickets in 13 matches, with three five-wicket hauls to his name.
On the other hand, Afghanistan will be led by batter Hashmatullah Shahidi. The visitors will be without their star leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
The likes of former captain Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Naveen-ul-Haq are also not part of the squad.
While Bangladesh will start as overwhelming favourites, Afghanistan are expected to give a tough fight to the hosts.
Since March 2021, Afghanistan have registered three wins and as many losses in cricket’s longest format.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Test head-to-head record
Bangladesh and Afghanistan have played each other only once in Test cricket.
The Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan thrashed Bangladesh by 224 runs in their only Test meeting at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram in 2019.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan one-off Test 2023 squads
Bangladesh: Litton Das (captain/wicketkeeper), Tamim Iqbal, Zakir Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Shahadat Hossain, Musfik Hasan
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Rahmat Shah, Afsar Zazai (wicketkeeper), Ikram Alikhil (wicketkeeper), Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Izharulhaq Naveed, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza, Bahir Shah, Abdul Malik, Mohammad Ibrahim, Nasir Jamal, Nijat Masood
Reserves: Noor Ali Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Sayed Shirzad, Zia-ur-Rehman.
Where to watch Bangladesh vs Afghanistan one-off Test 2023 live in India?
Live streaming of the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan one-off Test 2023 will be available on the FanCode app and website.
There will be no live telecast of the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan one-off Test 2023 on any TV channel in India.
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