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Bangladesh might field three pacers, and Najmul Hossain Shanto is likely to continue batting at No. 3

Left-arm quick Shoriful Islam has been included in Bangladesh’s 15-member squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka – the announcement came less than 24 hours before the start of the game on Wednesday, midway through the visitors’ only practice session in Pallekele.

Although it was not clear if Bangladesh would opt for his left-arm pace in the first Test itself, captain Mominul Haque has made it clear that pace would be crucial for Bangladesh in the series opener.

“I think our batting and pace bowling will be crucial. The pace bowlers with experience and those who are playing regularly, like [Abu Jayed] Rahi, Ebadat [Hossain], and Taskin [Ahmed] are more dependable,” Haque said. “We will have a pace-dependent bowling attack but it doesn’t mean we will lose the sting in our bowling.”

The big-built Islam shot into prominence last year after Bangladesh won the Under-19 World Cup, where he took nine wickets at an average of 15.77. He also did well in the domestic white-ball tournaments last year – 16 wickets in ten games in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup and four wickets in three matches of the 50-over President’s Cup – before being handed a T20I debut in New Zealand last month.

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