Asia Cup 2010 June 9, 2010

Aftab Ahmed left out of Asia Cup squad

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh have left out top-order batsman Aftab Ahmed from their squad for the Asia Cup, while recalling the out-of-form Mohammad Ashraful for the tournament in Sri Lanka in June. The 15-man team, led by Shakib Al Hasan, also includes medium-pacer Syed Rasel, who missed the ODIs against England in March.

Ashraful was not part of the home ODI-series against England, but had made the cut for the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean and the recently-completed Test series in England. He made a half-century and a duck in two innings in the West Indies and had a poor tour of England, averaging 12.50 in four Test innings.

Aftab played all three ODIs against England but made only 52 runs at an average of 17.33. He got just one opportunity in the World Twenty20 but was dismissed for 1 against Australia.

Nasir Hossain and Nazmul Hossain, both of whom were part of the ODI squad against England but didn't play a game, were left out.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Jahurul Islam, Junaid Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Suhrawadi Shuvo.

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  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    theres this guy that plays domestic cricket in bangladesh named Shuvagoto Hom, everytime i see him in a scorecard he has great figures, with exceptional strike rates (>150), including 91 not out off of 30 balls against Eng in one of Eng's warm up first class matches in bangladesh in march. Why has this guy not gotten a try at the national level on the t20 squad? he's 23, thats about the same age as the rest of the team. Seems like a good candidate to use as a Kieron Pollard like player.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    It is not a wise decision to include Mohammad Ashraful in the Asia Cup squad with this poor form. This indicates a clear favouritism on the part of Selection Board/Committee. There are so many better options available. How long this kind favouritm will continue?

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    @klobania : khankir pola khelar ki bal bujho? tamim, mash, sakib out of the team! tore to kutta dia chodani dorkar re hauar nati :D gadhar baccha sagol(!) jibone bat/ball dhorsos ? comment korar age cricket somporke dharona nia ais...

    @ shabab, dude i like ur selected team...but i thnk they should give mushfiq a break and put jahurul for keeping...he is a good keeper so far i saw him...

  • Akib on June 14, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    I am sick of hearing "ashraful recalled" it about time we stop recalling him. Why is everybody talking about kapali, he has done so we in domestic criket. I am glad Suhrawadi Shuvo has been selected because he has a great average of 20 in bowling in first class cricket and he also knows some batting having an average 28 in first class.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    ShababFAlam@Abid_RH: This is my suggested line-up: 1. Tamim 2.Kayes 3.Junaid 4.Naeem 5.Mahmudullah 6.Shakib 7.Rahim 8.Shuvo 9. Mash 10.Shafiul 11.Razzak/Rasel. Please read my previous comments. Kayes is in form and has a good average, so he should be retained. But I like your suggestion to replace Rahim with Jahurul. This will create pressure on Rahim to perform well, but I'm not sure whether Jahurul is capable of keeping for 50 overs.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    ShababFAlam @Abid_RH: Are u familiar with the term 'sarcasm'?

  • Abid on June 14, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    ShababFAlam, are you kidding me? If they left out Tamim, Mashrafe, Shakib, Mahmudullah Bangladesh gonna crash. They are our main players of the game. You can left Imrul, Ash, Mushfiq. They are not in form nor good players. But Ash is ok. You can'tl eft Tamim out cause he is best batsman. Bengali-Tiger007, yes we can do something if we pick the right guys. Like this: 1.Tamim Iqbal 2.Junaid Siddique 3.Mohammad Ashraful 4.Mahmudullah 5.Shakib Al Hasan (capt) 6.Jahurul Islam (wk) 7.Naeem Islam 8.Mashrafe Mortaza 9.Shafiul Islam 10.Rubel Hossain, 11.Abdur Razzak Mushfiq is out cause he can't play with good teams like Srilanka, India, Pakistan. Imrul is the same. But imrul might well get the place of Ashraful.

  • maruf on June 13, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    i don't understand why d hell in earth ashraful gets chance,.half century in 20-20,.wht after tht,.n a test team cannot be selected by evaluating 20-20,.there is no use of keeping him in d team .,bangladesh team can use a bowler instead of him.,tht may make a difference .,a player who played more thn 50 test .,got a average of 23-24.,there r lotz of player who r playing so well in domestic tournament .,why don't they get chance .,why don't kapali comes to team.,i really don't understand anything bangladeh's selector do!!!!

  • khurram on June 13, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    i do not agree with most of the comments here. in my opinion selectors should left out tamim, shakib and murtaza for instant. if they r such great players then when on earth they have won matches for bangladesh against top test nations. i think young blood should be included n tested in world cup or else i m afraid bangladesh might not even make to next round in world cup

  • Mehdi on June 13, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    pls selector find out some real talent like sakib and tamim. we need fighter and determined cricketer.Zimbabwe is doing well pls do something ...some players like Mahmudullah, Nayem, Rubel hossain, Razzaq what they are doing? only one performance after 10 matches!!!in this way we will be always looser. we need at least 5 determined player like sakib. see Tamim, he is talented and he always performed.

    selectors selection is awe full. After Rafiq retirement can yu give any good spinner? what the hell you are doing selectors? come on weak up. i am betting Ashraful will not click never ever bcause he is a looser. it is not a picnic place for someone to play for country.pls wake up selectors!!!

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