Bangladesh selectors recalled experienced spinner Mohammad Rafique to a 14-member squad to play two test matches against South Africa starting this week. The squad includes three openers in Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees and Junaid Siddique, while former skipper Habibul Bashar, Rajin Saleh and Aftab Ahmed will join captain Mohammad Ashraful in the middle-order, chief selector Rafiqul Alam said Tuesday. Fast bowlers Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain and Sajidul Islam join spinners Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak and Shakib Al Hasan. Mushfiqur Rahim was named as wicketkeeper. The selectors dropped allrounder Farhad Reza and spinner Enamul Haque from the team that toured New Zealand last month. The first test starts Friday at Dhaka's Mirpur stadium, while the second begins Feb. 29 in southeastern Chittagong city. The two-test series will be followed by three limited-overs internationals. Bangladesh has lost all four previous tests against South Africa.
Mohammad Ashraful (captain), Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Rafique, Shahriar Nafees, Abdur Razzak, Aftab Ahmed, Junaid Siddique, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rajin Saleh, Sajidul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.