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Towhid Hridoy replaces Mushfiqur Rahim in Bangladesh squad for Sri Lanka Tests

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Bangladesh on Wednesday handed batter Towhid Hridoy his maiden Test call-up, replacing injured Mushfiqur Rahim in the two-match series against Sri Lanka, beginning on Friday in Sylhet.

Batting mainstay Mushfiqur Rahim was ruled out of the series due to a thumb injury he sustained in the third and final ODI against Sri Lanka in Chittagong on Monday.

The 36-year-old wicketkeeper was struck by a delivery from Taskin Ahmed in the second over.

He continued to keep wickets after getting treatment from the team physio, taking four crucial catches.

He later played an unbeaten 37-run knock to help Bangladesh chase 236 runs to clinch the ODI series 2-1.

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He was the second-highest run-getter for Bangladesh in the ODI series with 135 runs from three innings.

Towhid Hridoy has played 30 ODIs and 14 T20Is but is yet to make his Test debut. The former Under-19 World Cup winner averages 48.05 after 14 first-class matches.

Bangladesh lost the T20I series against Sri Lanka 2-1 but made a resounding comeback to win the ODI series with the same margin.

The second Test, which is part of the 2023–25 ICC World Test Championship cycle, will begin in Chittagong on March 30.

Bangladesh Test squad

Najmul Hossain Shanto (capt), Zakir Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan, Shadman Islam, Liton Das, Mominul Haque, Towhid Hridoy, Shahadat Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Mushfik Hasan, Nahid Rana

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