Sabbir steps up to fill Bangladesh vacancy

In the two years that he has spent playing 55 international matches, Sabbir Rahman has rapidly progressed from being a lower-order hitter in T20s to a dependable ODI No 3. He now has the chance to bring his free-spirited approach to batting to Bangladesh's Test team.

He is among four newcomers in the 14-man side selected for the first Test against England starting on Thursday, which also includes Mehedi Hasan, Nurul Hasan and Kamrul Islam Rabbi. The inclusion of these four talented cricketers is a welcome boost for the Bangladesh team management which is desperate to revive the Test line-up that had been shelved for more than a year.

Sabbir stands out among the newcomers with his head-start at the top level, and an essential part of his approach will be the freedom he is given by the coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who has been arguing for his Test selection for more than a year.

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