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Injury rules Tamim out of Asia Cup

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February 22, 2014

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Tamim Iqbal presents his version of the Flamingo shot, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st T20, Chittagong, February 12, 2014
BCB have rested Tamim Iqbal for the Asia Cup to ensure he is ready for the World Twenty20 © AFP
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Bangladesh have not risked an injured Tamim Iqbal in the Asia Cup with the aim of having him fit for the World Twenty20 in March. Tamim had suffered a neck strain after the second Test against Sri Lanka and had missed the three-match ODI series, which ended on Saturday.

The selectors also recalled Ziaur Rahman and Imrul Kayes to the ODI squad while allrounder Mahmudullah was left out following poor form in recent matches.

Ziaur, whose last ODI was against New Zealand in November, had recently struck 167 in a first-class game and is expected to fill the No. 7 slot in the order, strengthening the batting depth of the side.

Imrul was recently recalled to the Test side after more than two years and had struck a century on his comeback. The batsman last played an ODI for Bangladesh in December 2011 but has been performing well in domestic cricket recently.

Ziaur's selection ahead of the in-form allrounder Farhaz Reza was a surprise, but chief selector Faruque Ahmed said it was necessary to recall Ziaur, for his recent domestic form and the added option of his medium-pace bowling.

"The No 7 position is proving very important and therefore Ziaur Rahman gets in," Faruque said. "He is in form and has been performing consistently at domestic level. We will not be getting Tamim Iqbal in the Asia Cup. He has not recovered from an injury and it may take another week or so for him to return. Under the circumstances our priority is to have him fully fit for the ICC World Twenty20 and he will continue his rehabilitation.

Arafat Sunny will continue as cover for Shakib Al Hasan, who was handed a three-match ban by the BCB for an inappropriate gesture during the second ODI. Shakib will be available for selection after Bangladesh's first two games in the tournament.

Faruque also stressed that the squad, which was announced hours after Bangladesh went down 3-0 in the ODIs to Sri Lanka, was capable of bouncing back in the Asia Cup.

"There are two left-arm spinners in the squad other than Shakib Al Hasan," Faruque said. "This was necessary as we will not have Shakib's services in the first two games. I believe we are not playing that badly. We just need to get a couple of results and I am confident the boys will be able to comeback from the disappointment of the series against Sri Lanka."

Bangladesh squad for Asia Cup: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Ziaur Rahman, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan

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Posted by naimurchowdhury32 on (February 24, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

Shafiul Islam is a very poor ODI bowler. Look at his economy rate. I think Bangladesh need new captain and coaches more than anything else.

Posted by AbdulMohamad731 on (February 24, 2014, 21:07 GMT)

Mushfiqur comments are shocking and disappointing, BCB must look for another captain.

First he criticised Al Amin, then spoke of loosing to Afghanistan and now against Faruqe Ahmed and BCB.

Firs concentrate on your own performance.

Posted by kohomban on (February 24, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

Sabbir Rahman very good batsmen, he should include this squad.he is a copybook style player

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

@ahmedfaysal trash by who? Are you referring to BD. Do you still think BD can trash SL? (remember 3-0 in ODI and 2-0 in T20 and 1-0 in test) Thats what I call a banglawash. Anyway if you think BD can trash SL and if it makes you happy think like that.

Posted by Mukhles on (February 23, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

I pray for BD team. they will win various match in Asia Cup. Good luck Bangladesh.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (February 23, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

BD fans need to realize tigers r not gonna play against WI, NZ or other non-Asian weak teams. Condition of pitches & weather Dhaka & Narrayanganj cities r very similar to other south-Asian countries. Last time BD were 2 runs away 4m Asia Cup title due to in-form BD XI. But this time they'll totally miss the service of their best top order batsman Tamim, miss their best cricketer Shakib for 2 crucial matches & most other cricketers r out of form including Mashrafi, Nasir & Gazi. Their best bowler Razzak will just return 4m an injury. It won't b surprising if Afg do any upset against this weakened BD XI.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Hello Srilankan fans Congratulating your team, captain, coach for a great performance and win the series against a team whose recent past home records were great . I think kushal perera will be the next big thing from Srilanka, as per talent he is in the level of Sanath, Sanga, Mahela or Dilshan. You have a great consistent records in world cup tournaments. Last 10 years you are the most successful cricket nation in world cup stage.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

Comparatively BD played well in the past Srilanka series. Their performance was going up from 2nd Test draw. both T20 was closely contested and everyone enjoyed those matches. in One day series first match was a good one. BD was near to win that match. I still think about Gazi and Mahmudullah's catch miss while SRL 68/8 was the turning point in that series. If they can took those catches BD would have won that match, gain confidence and even won the series. Nevertheless it is just part of game and a very rare learning opportunity because BD was never in those situations in recent past series. It is all about concentration. Little lapse of concentration can damage your hard work.

Posted by kartcric on (February 23, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

With this squad Bangladesh's chance of beating Afghanistan has come down to zero. @Harmony-111.Wait and watch Bangladesh will be beaten handsomely by afghanistan.

Posted by android_user on (February 23, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

surprisingly this ordinary player made back to back centuries in Lords againist so called mighty English who cant make their 11 without having few from sub contents descent.....question should raised to the quility of juries who select this orinary player as wisden test cricket of the year..isn't.....

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

BD need to rearrange the batting order slightly specially lower and middle order. Need a home favorable wicket. stick to plan, Need a win hardly. Bowling department looks very weak.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

Ordinary and unfit player. I wonder if these Bangladesh players actually are even interested in playing Cricket and performing well? because their body language says the complete opposite.

Posted by android_user on (February 23, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

wow, its good to know that tamim and sakib is out for asia cup! BD is in serious trouble!!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (February 23, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

Some BD fans need to get some perspective here. The only reason they were in finals in last Asia cup was due to slow hundred from Sachin (i don't think winning a game with 1 ball to spare is called thrashing). India were the only team that scored nearly 300 in all the 3 matches(and won against SL, Pak) Thanks to the point system it ensured BD a final berth. Ind, Pak, BD all won 2 games each (Note: I am not complaining about India missing the final berth but some BD fans esp Harmony-111 think they can 'thrash' any team. I would expect them to give few surprises but i don't expect BD to lift the cup

Posted by the_predator on (February 23, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

We are without MS DHONI, and that is blessing for us. We would be able to test more players for next years world cup. Problem with BD is you people dont have any bigger vision. One WIN here and there and you jumping. Last time in the world cup BD fans talked about how the did beat india in 2007 WC. The result was there to see . You forgot the thrashing you got? Even without MS dhoni and perhaps the worst Bowling attack We would EAT BD half in lunch and half in presentation ceremony. And yes BD has those mid 30 avg genious and greats. SAKIB...hahahaha 34 avg in ODI that too playing mostly in home soil. having a bowling avg of 30 plyaing in SPINNIG track against WI/NZ. Our floppest Suresh raina has AVG of 35. and forget about playing any sports, first teach you player to behave decently on camera. And dear pakistani FANS: pakistan has probably the worst batting line (but still above BD though). do you have any count how many time you got out below 150 (45 all out in SA, remember)?

Posted by humi_cric on (February 23, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

Will definitely miss dhoni (a Pakistani fan), he is a class player, excellent finisher. Suddenly, Indian team doesn't look very strong in batting, TBH. Now Pak and SL need to take Kohli wicket to put India under immense pressure, as rest of the batting line-up is just Ok. Current Indian team reminds me of early 90s team of India, when Sachin wicket fell down and game over for India. Anyway, being a Pakistani team supporter, I am expecting good performance from our boys to successfully defend the title, but love to watch some close matches between big three of Asia.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (February 23, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

ZIa is back in but lets hope it does not goes to his head. Against SL in Sri Lanka he was bowled for a duck. He was brought in again for the ZIM T20s and vividly remember Mushi was shouting at him on the pitch when they were batting together as he was trying to slog everything that came his way. ZIA has just got himself a hundred at domestic level for Khulna, so lets hope he can control his urges.

The No 7 spot is very crucial now but then we also have Gazi who can bat a bit when he's on fire and if he is coming in at No 8, then that would be our last fall back.

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (February 23, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

First match against India, batting will be the key. If Bangladesh wants to pose any threat to India, they should prepare to score 300+ runs in 50 overs. They should make sure enough runs come from first 10 and last 5 power-play overs. Even under new rules of fielding restrictions Bangladesh inning average hasn't improved much (~240). The last match against Sri Lanka, BD batting couldn't capitalize in the last 35-50 overs despite wickets in hand. BD captain can rearrange the batting order like this- 1. Shamsur 2. Imrul 3. Anamul/ Naeem 4. Nasir 5. Mushfiq (c) 6. Mominul 7. Zia 8. Gazi 9. Razzak 10. Al-Amin 11. Rubel/Mashrafe Bowlers- Al-Amin (10 overs), Razzak (10 overs), Rubel/ Mashrafe (10 overs), Gazi (10 overs), Zia (5-10 overs), Nasir (5-7 overs), Mominul (3-5 overs). I would select Zia over Arafat for the match against India...

Posted by roshboy on (February 23, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

Bad squad for BD... Even Afgan can beat them.. waste of time and money to invaste on a team like BD

Posted by android_user on (February 23, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

to bd fans. guys what happened to ashraful and aftab ahamed are they not playing well these days. in the past we saw some great innings from both of them.we can remember your 1st win against ausis. come hard and slap india out.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (February 23, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

I thought Mahmudullah was most economic bowler for BD in recently concluded series. Moreover with batting he paid price of Mushfiqur's mistake in one of the matches. He is a utility Cricketer. No reason for him being dropped.

Posted by wapuser on (February 23, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

Really we will miss Tamim. I do not know what will BD do without Sakib & Tamim

Posted by android_user on (February 23, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

now needs someone change the bd team Rahim mominul anamul rahman naeem ziaur monir hossine rubel alamin safiull nazmol gazi

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

BD will be defeated by Afghanistan too

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 5:18 GMT)

My idea of playing the best cricket of Bangladesh in the Asia Cup cricket team will return perfectly. Sri Lanka series will be able to musate dirt and tar. My best wishes of Bangladesh Cricket team retained. Now just go ahead and turn.

Posted by android_user on (February 23, 2014, 4:20 GMT)

@kalana jayawardene well said u r r8....

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

every one please enjoy the game and support your own country.there is no point hating each other.sporting rivalry good but why we wasting time saying one team will trash another.in modern days cricket any body can beat anybody that include afganistan.just few overs of bad cricket can kill any strong team.so i think we should watch the game and wish our respecting team the good luck.

Posted by ahmedfaysal on (February 23, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

Licen: bangladesh will thrash afganistan. Take my word. At first see the match and then we will talk.

Posted by android_user on (February 23, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

see bangla can't any tournament even after years, for that why tamim throw him.

Posted by ahmedfaysal on (February 23, 2014, 3:44 GMT)

Kalana jayawardene: take my word srilanka will not play asia cup final and will thrash by in the last match.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 3:06 GMT)

Tamim..................he is the key player for Bangladesh against india. Feel really bad for him.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2014, 3:06 GMT)

Picture speaks a thousand things y he is injured , look at where hes playing where his head is at ,,, running down the pictch and throwing his bat at anything praying and hopeing ...... GET your act together BD , and start admiring test match cricket not the T20's . at this rate you all will be deadly dangerous team if ICC created a new format T10 so your batters can throw there hand at anything thing and get a Edgy 20 and be proud of them self ... PETHATIC like the picture in the article ,, any youngsters please dont watch the PIC

Posted by mshyder on (February 23, 2014, 3:06 GMT)

@sapnil2000, even with Shakib there was not hope for BD, probably he has been given 3 match ban so as to have an excuse for the poor performance.

Posted by Chunati on (February 23, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

I am writing here only because for some weird reason, I am unable to write on the actual piece on Shakib. I am one of the biggest supporters of Bangladesh team, and hence probably very deeply hurt by the Shakib affair. It is extremely unprofessional that he could not take a comment by a commentator. Even if the comment was not totally correct, this kind of response is not warranted. I do not know what kind of punishment was appropriate, but moral values have come above everything. BCB cannot be lenient, just because he is our best player. I think he should come out and publicly apologize for his actions. This sort of behavior is absolutely unacceptable. I wonder how his family is feeling. Just one point, some people have been undermining the quality of Shakib as a player. Need to put matters into perspective, he was not number 1 ranked allrounder in the world just for nothing. So people on the other end should also not get carried away.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (February 23, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

As a Bd fan I dont think BD has chance against pak,ind and Sl due to poor balling . The new young batsmen shamsur, momenul , anamul etc are talented highly promising and makes Bd a dangerous team but balling is still quite ordinary and this fact makes it hard for Bd to win against the 3 teams . Although Arafat is okay but Bd desperately needs some new talented ballers just like we got new talented batters. Naeem is only good for test and imrul kayes is way better choice than him in any format. Zia is very good t20 baller and should be selected for t20 wc , he is actually better pacer than rubel . Momenul is gonna be a world class batsman soon, very impressive kid .

Posted by wapuser on (February 23, 2014, 1:13 GMT)

zia in means from mashrafi-rubel-alamin only one would play and our bathing line up would b long. As u guys see recently hardly any batsman is scoring more than 20-30 runs so zia is a good choice. beside if we chase big targete zia can open too. good luck tigers.

Posted by huffpost on (February 22, 2014, 23:00 GMT)

BD fans would do well to lower their expectations from this team...I hope they must have realized that by now after this series..it is in their best interests to temper down and lower the home pressure on their team...it is good yo have hope but at the same time, must be in tune with ground reality which is BD have to improve by leaps if they are to compete consistently with big teams...Consistency being the key word here..

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 22, 2014, 22:34 GMT)

Rohanblue! You even had sachin in the last Asia cup and lost it! So Dhoni doesn't bring in a factor for rest of Asia!

Posted by android_user on (February 22, 2014, 22:18 GMT)

They should give chance to Jahurul islam. The problem of the squad is they don't maintain winning combination too many changes in a very short period of time. You should let the squad grow mature by playing together. This might be one of the biggest reflection in recent odi series. They gotta come back from this nightmare.

Posted by IAS2009 on (February 22, 2014, 21:57 GMT)

BD has no chance in this series, India, SL and Pakistan all could win on a given day, BD has lost 3-0 against SL. based on current form i don't see happening.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 21:54 GMT)

So far BD has lost SHakib, and Tamim. Mashrafee and Nasir are out of form. Given their recent form I don't think they can blow IND this time, although IND is weak too since they got no Raina and Dhony

Posted by android_user on (February 22, 2014, 21:33 GMT)

why is not Sabbir Rahman in the team? Foolish selection again.

Posted by rohanblue on (February 22, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

all d team lost few of their key players, like srilanka- kulusekara, pak- md.irfan, bangladesh - tamim iqbal, bt no blow can match us, that is dhoni, probably d only odi batsman other than kohli who scores some runs fr us.....

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (February 22, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

Hopefully Imrul will do well at Tamim's place as his ODI form has been good. Naeem is good test player and maybe OK at no. 3/4 at ODI where rotating the strike is the role but not fit at no. 6/7 as his stroke-making abilities are poor. Anamul is better keeper than Rahim. Rahim's skill in rotating the bowlers as well as setting the field always lacks winning spree. Nasir should bat up the order and Shakib, after the ban expires, should bat at no.7. Except Al-Amin, pace bowling seems hopeless. @Harmony-111: please cut the crap about thrashing these and thrashing those...

Posted by linsen on (February 22, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

even bangladesh can't defeat afghan and ireland. i m sure they ll easily win against bdesh. poor bowling' weak fielding and no proper batsmans in the team. i dont know why called them tigers?

Posted by sapnil2000 on (February 22, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

shakib should have 1 match ban, without him no hope for BD

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Opening pair is not clicking. Need a change . Might be Imrul can be a good option. Spinner have to come out for their performance. Need a strong lower middle order. Hopefully soon we will see some young star in the team.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

@Harmony-111 First BD fans said they can trash SL and now saying they can trash India. Under what argument you are saying BD is better than India. As I said at the start of the SL-BD series it would be difficult for BD to beat India, SL and Pak as they are good sides of spin bowling. Last time BD won against Ind and SL is because of the player fatigue.( India and SL both were in Aus playing very competitive cricket 5 days prior to Asia cup So india and SL both got kicked out fo the Asia cup). This time around final would have 2 teams from asian giants (Pak,SL or India). If lucky BD will win against Afganistan. So BD fans dont keep your hopes up. Who ever plays for BD, SL,Ind and Pak will trash BD.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

Sabbir can be a good option. Bowling looks very weak. Razzak, Mashrafee, Shakib is not there. Need some good favorable pitch for BD to use the home condition perfectly.lower middle order is vulnerable. Need some new performer , young star. Opening pair is not clicking. Either shamsur score runs or bijoy, They are very inexperienced. I hope curator will prepare some home advantage pitches around. In BD team want to see some young stars very soon. Al Amin should bowl when Mashrafee was not there.

Posted by ahmedfaysal on (February 22, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

Without shakib and tamim bangladesh is good enough to thrash india. I agree with harmony-111. India is nothing without msd. Infact afganistan will thrash them.

Posted by android_user on (February 22, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

So when will the time come that Rubel is fully out of favour?

Posted by android_user on (February 22, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Sakib should know the rules of discipline. Only playing is not enough.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

Ziaur is not a reliable batsman. His stance at the crease is awful - looking to hit every ball in sight. At the International level, he has always failed with the bat. Scoring big on the domestic circuit against poor domestic bowling, does not say much about one's batting ability. Ziaur has never scored big against International sides.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

bangaladesh will surely comeback in asia cup and win some matches ......but BD fans are expecting too much from minow...

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Ziaur Rahman should have been in the T20 side for the WC, not sure why they have selected Farhad Reza !

Posted by android_user on (February 22, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

totally asian cricket teams are unpredictable because they are not skilled players for example they will not practice,they will not do excises and even they will not give respect to sports ( if u give money means they will play galley cricket).

Posted by ahmedfaysal on (February 22, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Ziaur rahman is a t20 specialist. He is not part of the world t20 squad. He should be in that squad. Farhad reza should be in asia cup squad. If you take him in t20 you should take him in odi. He is a better odi player. Totall opposite selection starnge!

Posted by vkumar_086. on (February 22, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Yes sad to see this great player miss out. But still Bangladesh are good enough to thrash India easily and make it to the finals.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

what is the use of ziaur rahman.....sabbir rahman could have been a exciting choice...........

Posted by dirtydozen on (February 22, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

currently he is in not in his best form. A rest and return from injury will keep him fresh for t20 world cup

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