HARARE (Agencies) - Brendan Taylor was handed the responsibility of leading Zimbabwe back into Test cricket after a six-year hiatus when he was named as captain in a 14-man squad for the one-off Test against Bangladesh which starts here on Thursday. It will be Zimbabwes first Test since they were thrashed by New Zealand on home soil in 2005. Political turmoil with the cricket administration and a string of humiliating performances led them to suspend their involvement in Test cricket although they have continued to play one-day internationals and T20 internationals at the highest level. The 25-year-old Taylor, who was fast-tracked into the national side as an 18-year-old back in 2003 during an earlier crisis in Zimbabwe cricket, is one of a clutch of players who have experience of the Test arena. He is joined by the likes of Hamilton Masakadza, who made a century on debut at the age of 17 against the West Indies ten years ago and former captain Tatenda Taibu whose 24 Tests make him the most capped of the Zimbabwe squad. Zimbabwes first Test in six years is being used as a yardstick to see whether they are ready to return fully to the Test circuit although chairman of selectors Alister Campbell suggested judgement should only be made after they play Pakistan next month and New Zealand later in the year. Left-arm pace bowler Brian Vitori has not represented Zimbabwe in any format, while batsmen Tino Mawoyo, Craig Ervine and Regis Chakabva, all-rounder Keegan Meth as well as fast bowler Kyle Jarvis could make their test debuts. Vitori impressed the selectors with his performances against the South Africa and Australia 'A sides. Head of selectors Alistair Campbell said it was time for Zimbabwe to start afresh. Its a new set of players, Campbell said. However, Campbell challenged the players to go out there and prove themselves. National coach Alan Butcher, the former England batsman, said he thought Zimbabwe would be a balanced side, strong in all departments. They have come a long way in the last six months especially, he said. Bangladesh have not played a Test for 14 months since their tour to England last year. Zimbabwe squad Brendan Taylor (capt), Regis Chakabva, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Tinotenda Mayoyo, Keegan Meth, Christopher Mpofu, Raymond Price, Vusimusi Sibanda, Tatenda Taibu, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitoriu.