Off-spinner Shohag Gazi has been withdrawn from the Test series against the West Indies due to begin on September 5. The team management will decide on a replacement for the spinner today.
The 23-year-old, who was reported for a suspect action during the second ODI against the West Indies on August 22, needs to have his action tested in an ICC-accredited facility within two weeks of being reported.
As a result, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to withdraw the player from the series and complete the due processes as soon as possible. There are three possible replacements to take his place in the Caribbean, with Elias Sunny a leading candidate along with Mukhter Ali and Jubair Likhon.
“He will need to go through a visa process and then have his action tested. We also need to know his results as soon as possible. Therefore we decided to bring him back,” chief selector Faruque Ahmed told The Daily Star.
According to a BCB official, Gazi is likely to get his action tested on September 19. It approximately takes around two weeks for the results of the test to arrive.
The other players who will be returning along with Gazi are Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed and Abdur Razzak.
Robiul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam and Shuvagata Hom have been sent to the West Indies to join Bangladesh's Test side.