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Bangladesh call for Shamsur

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Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh's outstanding batsman of the last year, is a major doubt for the Test series due to a wrist injury

Bangladesh have called the uncapped batsman Shamsur Rahman into their squad for the npower Test series with England.

Shamsur, 21, who has 37 first-class matches to his name, will act as back-up for opener Tamim Iqbal, who is nursing a wrist injury, and captain Shakib Al Hasan, who has chicken pox.

Shamsur was scheduled to fly out on Sunday but his London-bound flight was cancelled after a cloud of volcanic ash forced Heathrow Airport to shut down.

Bangladesh, currently two days through a three-day match at Chelmsford, play England Lions at Derby this week in their last warm-up ahead of the first Test at Lord's on May 27.

Bangladesh Cricket Board chairman of selectors Rafiqul Alam said: "The Bangladesh team management requested a batsman as a back-up and the selection committee felt Shamsur would be the right choice as he is comfortable batting anywhere in the top five and is in form.

"He will also get ample opportunity to get acclimatised to the English conditions before the Test series starts."

Shamsur scored 268 runs for Bangladesh A in two unofficial Tests against South Africa A, averaging 67. He was also part of the Tigers squad for the World Twenty20 in England last summer.

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