Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh, 2021

Batter Mahmudul Hasan Joy and fast bowler Rejaur Rahman Raja have earned their maiden call-ups to the Bangladesh Test squad for the first match against Pakistan, to be held in Chattogram from November 26.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh, 2021

The team management, meanwhile, is waiting for Shakib Al Hasan's fitness assessment as he works his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered during the T20 World Cup last month.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh, 2021

Bangladesh will be without Tamim Iqbal who was ruled out of the Test series with a second fracture on his left thumb, sustained during an Everest Premier League match in October.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh, 2021

Mahmudullah isn't part of the squad either, having announced his Test retirement during Bangladesh's last Test in Harare in July.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh, 2021

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said that both Joy and Raja were rewarded for their form in the National Cricket League. Joy made back-to-back centuries for Chattogram Division, scoring 345 runs overall at an average of 57.69.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh, 2021

Raja, who plays for Sylhet Division, took 12 wickets at an average of 16.91, with best match figures of 8 for 82.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh, 2021

"It is still early days for him but Mahmudul has showed good temperament for the longer version," Abedin said. "He is also an in-form batsman. With injury concerns to Taskin (Ahmed) and Shoriful (Islam), we needed to keep our pace-bowling options open and Raja got the nod.

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh, 2021

We have been monitoring his performances in first-class competitions. He is strong and energetic and has a knack for taking wickets."

Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh, 2021

Abedin also said that the team would be reliant on the likes of captain Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim, especially if Shakib is unavailable.