Asia Cup 2012 March 6, 2012

Tamim dropped, Mushfiqur retained captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mushfiqur Rahim has been retained as Bangladesh captain for the Asia Cup, starting March 11 in Mirpur*. This comes a day after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 14-member squad for the tournament.

The demotion of opening batsman Tamim Iqbal to the reserves and the inclusion of allrounder Mashrafe Mortaza are among a host of changes in the squad. Bangladesh's selectors have dropped four of the 15 players who were part of the home ODI series against Pakistan in December 2011, demoted two to reserve status, and called up five. They also continued to not pick Mohammad Ashraful.

The chief selector Akram Khan, however, said that dropping Tamim was not the panel's decision but that of the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mustafa Kamal. "Tamim Iqbal was dropped by Mustafa Kamal," he told Daily Star. "He was in the team that we submitted [for approval]."

The selectors had received favourable fitness reports on both Mortaza and Tamim ahead of their meeting to pick the Asia Cup squad. Mortaza had led Dhaka Gladiators to victory in the inaugural season of the BPL, but Tamim played only two games for Chittagong Kings because of a groin injury.

The five players called up to the squad were batsman Nazimuddin, wicketkeeper batsmen Jahurul Islam and Anamul Haque, Mortaza, and fast bowler Shahadat Hossain. Anamul, 19, is the only uncapped player in the squad.

Alok Kapali and Shahriar Nafees, allrounder Naeem Islam and medium-pacer Rubel Hossain were dropped from the squad that played Pakistan. Tamim and medium-pace allrounder Farhad Reza, who were also part of the Pakistan series, were among the reserves for the Asia Cup.

*March 6,14.30 GMT - This story was amended when the BCB announced that Mushfiqur had been named captain

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  • Hasib on March 8, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Taking Tamim out was a good decision, but Nafees should have stayed. Drop Kayes, he is worth nothing. Sylhet Royals kept losing when he was part of the team.

  • zain on March 8, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    my best team will be 1)kayes 2.nazimuddin3.jahirul or a.haq 4.sakib 5.mushfiqur 6.mahmuddulah 7.nassir hussain 8.mashraf murtaza 9.abdur razzak or sunny 10.shafiul islam 11.shahadat or nazmul

  • Kazi on March 7, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    This is the first time I am reading this but have we completely lost our minds. Yes Tamim has been in bad form but who would be able to replace him. People on this board who are stating that his arrogance needed a reprimand are correct in stating so, but that reprimand should come from the dressing room and the selectors and NOT the president of the Board. Tamim has had a bad year but how long did we persist with Ashraful despite his constant failures in the international stage. Bangladesh as a Team have been under-performing (barring Shakib and Mushfiq), so that cannot be the reason for dropping Tamim. Bangladesh is very short on openers as can be illustrated by the replacements that were named instead of him. This decision I am sure had more to do with politics than anything else and will further weaken this already weak team. This is what you get when a board is run by people who have no previous experience in sports administration and thus make a travesty out of it.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on March 7, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    It's too ridiculous to see a Board can't decide who will b the captain when they already have a permanent captain. BCB declared the name of captain one day later. Was it necessary??

  • Shariful on March 7, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    To all pak and indian fans who are criticising Bangladeshi cricket team:you guys should think about your teams.India has lost badly in aus in test series and then couldnt qualify for finals in cb series.And pak team have just got whitewashed by englend in ODIs.And why do we bother about BD squad?Because it's our team.We havent asked you to bother about it!!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    now people would understand what led to ashraful's downfall.....a story similar to tamim iqbal......

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    true thing agree with martini azzimi

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Thanks mostofa kamal for out tanim.Its a great decision.

  • Hasibul on March 7, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Great decision. I don't like Mustafa Kamal, but I liked this decision of him. This is a timely slap on the face of arrogant Tamim, who probably thinks BD cricket can't go ahead without him. Wishing all the best to the Bangladesh team.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Cheif Selector Akram Khan resigned.

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