Shakib Al-Hasan has been named in the Bangladesh Test squad that will tour Zimbabwe for a two-match series later this month.
The 26-year-old is recovering from surgery for a stress fracture in his right shin, which kept him out of Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka in March. Chief selector Akram Khan said the all-rounder is likely to play as a batsman in the first Test starting April 17.
"Shakib will play as a batsman in the first Test. Whether he will bowl or not is up to whether he recovers in time, but he will definitely be ready to bowl in the second Test match," Akram said.
Bangladesh Cricket Board has recalled left-arm pacer Sajidul Islam after a gap of five years. He made his Test debut in New Zealand in 2008. He has taken 27 first-class wickets this season for Rangpur Division and North Zone.
"Sajidul has made a return after doing well in the Bangladesh Cricket League lately. He has been one of the pace bowlers training in the academy over the last month while the senior side was in Sri Lanka," Akram said.
Tamim Iqbal has been retained in the 15-member squad despite a right thumb injury. With all certainty he will skip the first Test but is expected to recover in time for the second Test from April 25.
Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Tamim Iqbal, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Enamul Haque, Robiul Islam, Sajidul Islam.