A Test match between two nations will be played in one of the top cricket grounds. The Bangladesh vs Afghanistan one-off Test is pertinent if this is deemed to have sufficient context. Otherwise, this match in Dhaka, being played right in the heart of Bangladesh’s monsoon season and sandwiched between the World Test Championship final and the forthcoming Ashes, struggles to generate significance for their fans.

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Prior to the cancellation of one Test, this series was originally scheduled as a two-match affair by the Future Tours Programme. That may be a sign that even the lone Test appears out of place, especially since both teams will be eagerly anticipating the ODI World Cup, which will begin in less than four months.

Bangladesh has only played one Test match this year, a one-off contest against Ireland in April, and their next games in the format won’t start until November, right after the World Cup.

Although one of Afghanistan’s six matches in the format so far has been a 224-run victory against Bangladesh, even though it was earlier in 2019, Afghanistan’s most recent Test match was against Zimbabwe in March 2021.

However, the hosts come into the Test match against Afghanistan off a series victory over the West Indies in May, where uncapped batter Shahadat Hossain’s strong performance earned him a call-up to the national team. Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s normal Test skipper, is already out with a finger injury. While veteran hitter Tamim Iqbal. Who has back issues and is unlikely to participate.

Though he hasn’t played in a Test match yet, all-rounder Karim Janat had the most runs scored in the most recent Ahmad Shah Abdali four-day competition. He also had the most wickets, with 18 at an average of 20. Amir Hamza previously led the wicket-taking rankings. In that competition. Including the left-arm wristspinner Zahir Khan and the legspinner Izharulhaq Naveed, who has also yet to play a Test match.

Ibrahim Zadran averages 44 after four Tests, where he has three half-centuries
Ibrahim Zadran averages 44 after four Tests, where he has three half-centuries

Form manual

Bangladesh WLLLLL (most recent five completed games in order)
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Getting attention

Bangladesh’s quick bowlers would have to put on a match-winning performance due to the green Mirpur wicket. The group, which also comprises Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, Shoriful Islam. And the uncapped Musfik Hasan, is thought to be led by Taskin Ahmed. Although coach Chandika Hathurusinghe suggested that Bangladesh would even contemplate fielding four speed bowlers against Afghanistan, a three-man pace attack is most likely.

Afghanistan’s top batter is Ibrahim Zadran. The tall, graceful right-hand opener has three half-centuries in four Tests, including an 87 against Bangladesh. He also averages 44. He comes into this one Test after scoring a match-winning 98 in an ODI against Sri Lanka earlier this month. Zadran has scored the fourth-most runs of any Afghanistan hitter in Test matches, and with just 84 runs standing between him and the leader, he has a good chance of winning in Dhaka.

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Team news

Shakib’s departure will require Bangladesh to make at least one alteration, while Tamim’s status is still in doubt. Although Taskin Ahmed’s return so soon after recovering from a side injury is improbable, Litton stated on Monday that he would prefer to use five bowlers.

Bangladesh (probable):

Zakir Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Najmul Hossain Shanto, and Mominul Haque 4, Five Mushfiqur Rahim, week. 6 Litton Das Mehidy Hasan Miraz is seven. 8. Shoriful Islam, 9. Khaled Ahmed, 10.Taijul Islam, and 11. Ebadot Hossain

Only four members of Afghanistan’s last Test team, which competed two years ago, will be facing Bangladesh. Rashid Khan has had some downtime. As a result, Abdul Malik is probably going to start the game with Zadran, and the middle-order batters Bahir Shah, Janat, and Naveed might make their debuts.

Afghanistan (probable):

1.Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain). 2. Ibrahim Zadran, 3. Abdul Malik, 4. Rahmat Shah, 5. Bahir Shah, 6. Karim Janat wk. 7. Afsar Zazai, 8. Amir Hamza . 9. Izharulhaq Naweed, 10. Zahir Khan, and 11. Yamin Ahmadzai

Mehidy Hasan Miraz is one away from 50 wickets at the Shere Bangla National Stadium
Mehidy Hasan Miraz is one away from 50 wickets at the Shere Bangla National Stadium

Pitch and circumstances

The Shere Bangla National Stadium pitch had a surprise hint of green when the grounds crew exposed it during rain breaks two days prior to the match. And if the forecast comes true, there might be a few rain delays throughout the course of the five days.

Stars and trivia

In the month of June, this is only Bangladesh’s second home Test match.

After Khaled Mashud and Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton will captain Bangladesh in 12 Test matches. He is the third wicketkeeper-batter to do so.

Afghanistan has played six tests so far, four of which have been one-off matches. In March 2021, they played Zimbabwe in their lone two-match series.

At the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mehidy Hasan is just one wicket away from reaching 50. The other bowlers who have 50 Test wickets at this location are Shakib and Taijul Islam.

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