Rangana Herath, a former Sri Lankan cricketer, will join Bangladesh’s Test squad as a spin consultant for the team’s forthcoming tour to New Zealand. He had signed a deal with the squad for the T20 World Cup in 2021, although he was not on the coaching staff for the Test series against Pakistan. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cricket operations chief Akram Khan came forward to confirm the news. He also believes that the management is attempting to sign Herath to a long-term deal, but that he will join the squad for the New Zealand tour for the time being.

“He (Herath) is traveling to New Zealand to be a member of the team management for the two-match Test series. We’re attempting to sign him to a long-term contract, but he’s available for the New Zealand tour right now,” BCB’s cricket operations chief told Cricbuzz. Two Test matches between the two countries are slated to begin on January 1st. The first Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand is expected to begin on January 9 at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, with the second Test due to begin on January 9. Because of the quarantine relaxation in the host country, the visitors are anticipated to get a few two-day practice games.

Shakib Al Hasan’s replacement for the showpiece series was also revealed by the BCB cricket operations chief. The board had earlier granted the all-rounder leave after he notified them of his inability to participate in the trip due to family obligations. Uncapped Shakib Al Hasan’s successor, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, has been included in the 18-man squad for the upcoming tour. In the recently finished National Cricket League, the country’s traditional first-class competition, he had put in some excellent performances. In 11 innings, he racked up 603 runs for a good average of 60.30.

“Fazle Mahmud will be part of the Test team as Shakib’s replacement,” the BCB’s cricket operations chief said, “and we have decided to include him because he is among the runs on the domestic circuit.”