Earthquake hits Chattogram ahead of opening Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan

Published:29 November 2021

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Before the first Test between Pakistan and Bangladesh, Chattogram faced a difficult period following an earthquake that struck the city early on Friday, November 26. 175 kilometres east of Chattogram, Bangladesh, tremors with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale were felt.

The earthquake rocked the Myanmar-India border region, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). In the eastern part of India, tremors were also detected in Tripura, Assam, and West Bengal. According to the EMSC website, the earthquake lasted about 30 seconds.

In terms of the Test match in Chattogram, it began on time despite the city's earthquake. Both teams arrived on schedule at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and started practising. Following that, the toss was also completed on time.

Headed by Mahmudullah, the Tigers entered the series on a 0-3 series loss to Babar Azam's Pakistan. The host team had every potential to win the first and third games, but they failed to take advantage of their possibilities.

Mominul Haque Showrabh, Bangladesh's top century-maker in the lengthier format, leads the Test team. The hosts chose to bat first after winning the toss. The Tigers gave Yasir Ali Chowdhury his first international camp after making the squad several times.

Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are unavailable for Bangladesh in this series. Tamim is still recovering from a thumb injury he suffered earlier this year in the Everest Premier League. The seasoned hitter will require another month of rest, according to the BCB doctors.

Tamim will also be out for the two-match Test series against New Zealand. On the other hand, Shakib was included in the squad for the first Test against Pakistan, although his inclusion was contingent on physical fitness. He didn't cut the end since he hasn't fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

The future of Shakib's participation in the Dhaka Test is also uncertain. After announcing his formal retirement earlier this week, Mahmudullah is no longer a part of the Test setup.