Bangladesh paceman Rubel Hossain has returned from injury and has replaced Shahadat Hossain in the one-off Test match squad against India. Mohammad Shahid has also shown consistency over a period of time as he picked up five wickets against Pakistan in two Test matches.
However, Bangladesh's bowling coach Heath Streak has said that it is unlikely that they would pick three pacers for the solitary Test match on 10 June in Fatullah. The reason that he cited cannot be brushed aside as the pitch has not supported the pacers recently.
"We are unlikely to go with a three-seam attack in this wicket. We are probably looking at two, but it is up to the coach and selectors, once they have a better look at the wicket as we get closer to the game.
"Obviously it is nice to have Rubel back in the equation. Normally wickets here are quite tough for the fast bowlers so it requires a lot of patience. I thought Shahid bowled really well in the Pakistan series and showed what he can do. Rubel has been in good form prior to his injury," Streak said in an interview to Espn Cricinfo.
Streak lauded Shahid who bowled 60 overs in two Test matches against Pakistan in the recently concluded Test series.
"Shahid for us is that dependability. He is the guy you rely on to bowl lots of overs like we saw in the Pakistan Test. He comes in, the captain sets a field and he bowls well to it. He asks the questions. He is not an easy guy for batsmen to get on top of. Hopefully he can be that anchor role for us, with the volume of overs with one or two of the spinners and let the other seamer have an attacking option," Streak concluded.