From the very beginning in the test arena, Bangladesh have never been able to set a balanced team and they have been facing the consequences over and over for this.
You can take the example by looking at the recent changes made to the national side for the test series in Sri Lanka. Bangladesh had a long break from test cricket before the series against England. From then, they have been playing test cricket regularly and they almost settled a squad for test matches.
But, things had changed, when selectors and team management decided to exclude Mushfiqur Rahim from the role of wicket-keeping and put him at no 4 at the batting order.
Mushfiq has not been able to perform well with the keeping gloves from a long period but his batting performance has been prolific. Team Management wanted to give Mushfiq more support from the lower order and thus they decided to move up his batting position.
Did that really work?
In the recently ended first test match at Galle, Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka with a huge margin of 259 runs and Mushfiq had to face simillar situation in that match too. Middle order collapsed in both innings and Mushfiq fought alone with the tail-enders.
For changing Mushfiq’s batting position, Mahmudullah moved down to No.6 and Sabbir Rahman was excluded. So, Mahmudullah who has not been in a super form had to bat in a new position for changed team combination. On the other hand, Sabbir who has been in a good touch, has been excluded.
Sabbir Rahman is a born aggressive batsman and Mahmudullah has not been performing well. So, why not changing a bit and select a new face in the test team?
Let’s talk about Mosaddek Hossain who is a young prospect for Bangladesh. He is a genuine all-rounder with the ability to play bigger innings in longer formats.
Sabbir Rahman barely had experiences of playing first class cricket before entering into the test squad. Moreover, his average in first class cricket is 34.21. Mainly, his performance in shorter formats and his mentality helped him to earn test cap.
Meanwhile, Mahmudullah has scored only 524 runs in his last 10 matches from 2015 at an average of 29.11 and he has only two half-centuries with his name in those years.
On the other hand, Mosaddek’s average in first class cricket is 68.87 with 7 centuries and 8 half-centuries. Moreover, 2 of 7 centuries were converted into double ton.
Meanwhile, he has also picked up 17 wickets from his 21 first class matches. That means, he can be used to break the momentum of the opponents easily.
So, Mosaddek can be easily used as a No.6 batsman in the test team while Mahmudullah should have a break and Sabbir should play more longer version cricket before getting another test call.