Dhaka - Bangladesh on Saturday dropped batsmen Mominul Haque
and Mahmudullah Riyad from their 14-man squad for the first Test against
Australia beginning in Dhaka on August 27.
Mominul and Mahmudullah were part of Bangladesh's squad
during their last series in Sri Lanka, though they did not play the final Test
in Colombo, which Bangladesh won by four wickets to finish the two-match series
"It was expected that Mahmudullah would not be in the
squad because he did not play the final Test in Sri Lanka," chief selector
Minhajul Abedin said in Dhaka while announcing the squad.
"Mominul also missed out the last Test match. In
addition, the kind of statistics that we have, they indicate he is not in good
form," said Minhajul.
"He scored just one fifty in the last six innings since
January. Yet, he is in our plan for the future. (But) at the moment, we are
preferring Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar more in his position," he said.
Shafiul Islam also returned to the side after a good show
during a recent warm-up match in Chittagong when he picked up five wickets.
Subashis Roy and Rubel Hossain, who were in the Test side
during the Sri Lanka series, have also been omitted.
Australia cricket team arrived in the Bangladesh capital on Friday to play two Tests against the hosts as tight security greeted Steven
Smith's men at the airport.
Bangladesh have not played a Test against Australia since
Ricky Ponting's team visited the country in 2006, six years after they were
granted Test status.
Australia were due to play two Tests in Bangladesh in
October 2015 but the tour was cancelled over security fears after a wave of
attacks by Islamist extremists in the Muslim-majority nation.
Cricket Australia agreed to reschedule the series this year
only after Bangladesh promised a head-of-state style security for the visitors.
Australia are scheduled to play a warm-up match on August
22-23 before they take on Bangladesh in the first Test at Sher-e Bangla
National Stadium in Dhaka.
The second Test will begin at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury
Stadium in Chittagong from September 4.
Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar , Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed.