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Pakistan fast bowler Rahat Ali has been ruled out of the upcoming test series against Bangladesh after sustaining a hamstring injury.

The 26-year-old left-arm Paceman played the first two of the three one-day matches before suffering a hamstring injury which was initially thought to be minor. Pakistan cricket board said in a statement that Rahat has sustained a hamstring injury and will miss both tests against the hosts. Before this, injuries to Sohail Khan, Ehsan Adil, Yasir Shah and Sohaib Maqsood had forced them to be ruled of the odi series which preceded the tests. The first test in Khulna starts on April 28. The second and final test will start in Dhaka from May 2. Pakistan have won all of the eight tests played against Bangladesh.

 

Bangladesh included uncapped fast bowler Mohammad Shahid in their 14-man squad for the first test against Pakistan in Khulna.

The 26-year-old right-armer, who has 56 first-class wickets to his credit, joins batsman Litton Das and all-rounder Soumya Sarkar in making their test debuts. Das was part of the Bangladesh squad in twenty20 match against the tourists, but did not make the playing eleven. Sarkar has already begun to make a mark in one-day cricket. Imrul Kayes, Shahadat Hossain and Shuvagata Hom retain their test places, but there was no room for Marshall Ayub, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman and al-Amin Hossain, who were part of Bangladesh's first 3-nil test series sweep, against Zimbabwe in November.

 
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