Asia Cup 2010 June 9, 2010

Aftab Ahmed left out of Asia Cup squad

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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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  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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...

  • BDtest 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 14, 2010, 2:49 GMT

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

  • Abid_RH 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.

  • maxad282004 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!!!!

  • klobania 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

  • rsmehdihasan 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 recently...so 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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...

  • BDtest 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 14, 2010, 2:49 GMT

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

  • Abid_RH 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.

  • maxad282004 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!!!!

  • klobania 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

  • rsmehdihasan 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 recently...so 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!!!

  • on June 12, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    anyone actually thinks that Bangladesh have a chance to win next year's WC? Sri Lanka did it in 1996 simply because they came up with something pretty innovative, i.e. taking the attack to the opponent in the 1st 15 overs!It took the opponent by surprise and gave them an early edge. Sanath&Romesh were risk-taking walking wickets! SL had no reason to worry because they had Gurusinghe (28), Aravinda (35), Arjuna(36), Hashan(30), Roshan(30) to consolidate if they fell early(as in semi&final). Unless they come up with something completely new Bangladesh has no chance of posing a challenge. Quite frankly unless something drastic happens they would be knocked out as the top teams they face are England India South Africa&West Indies. Even Ireland&Netherlands will be able to challenge them. Bangladesh will have to win 3 games&additionally hope that the test nation they beat loses to the other test nations too so that they can hope to sneak into the quarter finals with 4th spot in GroupB (((:::

  • plmx on June 12, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @Naeem_aamir, it would be helpful for all of us if you were to pay a little more attention to your spelling and grammar so that we could all understand what you were trying to say. As regards Ashraful you say….. "Ash is one of the best batsman ever for bangladesh yeah i knw he is nt in form in dis moment"….. so according to what or whom is he the "best batsman ever". He has the lowest average of any top order batsmen who have played a similar number of matches!!...and as regards…. "yeah i knw he is nt in form in dis moment"… when exactly was he "in form"? 5 years ago? 7 years ago?. There appears to be a lot of Ashraful "friends and family" on this site masquerading as Bangladesh Cricket supporters but it would be helpful if they could be more open about their allegiances. The two are mutually exclusive!!!

  • SABD on June 12, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    I used to think that our selectors are the biggest fools on Earth, but I am proven wrong! I wonder why anyone didn't come up with the following suggestions for the Asia cup squad:

    1. Bring Javed Omar Belim back in place of Tamim.

    2. Farhad Reza in place of Mortaza

    3. Enamul Haque Jr for Shakib

    4. Rajin Saleh for Mahmudullah

    I am sure if the following changes are made we will win the next world cup, and top the ODI team rankings!

  • Naeem_aamir on June 12, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Ash is one of the best batsman ever for bangladesh..yeah i knw he is nt in form in dis moment..bt we hav worldcup on the next year..so we need him..so yeah Selectors hav taken r8 decision...bt i dun knw y is Imrul Kayes in dis team nd Junaid nd Naeem Islam also!!!we need Alok Nd Shahariar Nafees bck as soon as possible..they r such a realy talent..... the team should be lyk dis 1.Tamim 2. Nafees 3. Ashraful 4. Aftab 5. Sakib 6.Alok 7. Mushfiq 8. Riyad 9. Mortaza 10. Shafiul/Rubel 11. Razzaq nd i can bet if dis team get a chance to play together sum matches den they will be very stronger side for 2011 worldcup ....nd we nvr knw whts gonna happen !!1996 can be cum to us lyk Srilanka.....

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on June 12, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    @ShababFAlam, well done and I 100% agree with you. I also don't agree with selecting Kapali/Aftab, until they perform better in the first class division they should not be even considered. As for Imrul being picked, after Tamim he is our second best opener at the moment. I still remember that big six he smashed in New zealand and it was one of the biggest in that ODI series. Imrul might look like the quiete type, but he has some Fist of Fury about him and he is the best companion for Tamim and thats a fact. As for Asraful being selected, I hope he doesn't read these comments on Cricinfo as it will deflate his spirit. I am more worried about my fellow Bangladeshi fans than him being selected. Come on guys, instead of cursing him we should all pray that he does well this time. Theres nothing that me or any of you guys can do about the fact that he has been selected again. You never know, he might be our hero again soon. Good luck Bangladesh and Ashraful.

  • SABD on June 11, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    People who say Kayes is boring, slow, has not proven his worth, and so on should know that he averages 31 in ODIs. Those TRAITORS named Kapali (avg 17 from 60+ matches) and Aftab(25 from 80+ matches) are no match to Kayes. Kayes has scored an ODI hundred against NZ in NZ in February this year, and has shown grit and determination to stay at the crease as long as possible.

  • on June 10, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Please Kick Ashraful out!!! He so doesnt deseve to be in the team One 50 after 50 matches aint gonna help the team.

  • JS82 on June 10, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    I noticed some people here wondered why Kapali was not picked. Kapali did not have any good run in domestic recently. Same goes for Aftab, he had been given enough chances and never capitalized. Both Kapali and Aftab are not good enough to play at the international level. Performance in the ICL counts for nothing, the quality of bowling there was below par. However, Nazimuddin is still very young and has been playing well. I think the selectors would have picked Nafees if he had any good run of form lately. He has tremendous potential but unfortunately having a bad run with the bat. Why Nazimuddin was not given a chance in this tournament is beyond me.

    Ashraful selection is always a mystery to me. It looks like he makes more headline news for being selected rather than for some stellar performances.

  • chauhanking on June 10, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    I think the lineup should be:tamim,kayes,siddique,nazim,sakib,riyad,rahim,naeem,shafuil,hossain,razak.

  • T2-- on June 10, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    I don't understand why Junaid Siddique is in the squad

  • 01716020720 on June 10, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    hey selectors, do some new,,,bring some changes,,,there are many players are thirsty to join the team,,,but why they cant join thogh they have lot of talent,,,,actually Bangladesh defeated by most of the team for those weak selectors...bring alok, nazim, sahriar back

  • JS82 on June 10, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Why aren't they trying Nazimuddin in place of Kayes? Kayes in my opinion has not done any justice to his selection so far.Nazim is a far more attacking opener and also gives the right-left hand opening combination with Tamim. He is in real good form too. Junaid should only be considered for the test matches only. His fielding is pathetic and takes too long to start scoring for ODIs. Rasel is not a bad ploy for ODIs with his accurate line but his pace is definitely a question mark.

  • smakabir on June 10, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    If Ashraful is made chief selector he would not select himself..

  • palash_wadud on June 10, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    it's ridiculous indeed to omit Alok Kapali, Aftab Ahmed and Shahriar Nafees. Inclusion of the most talented ASHRAFUL is surprising. I think Alok is very wretched cricketer of Bangladesh. The selectors should look front considering the upcoming world cup very carefully and all the three players should be included. Even i want to go for Shahriar Nafees in the place of slow and boring Imrul Kayes. The Bangladeshi line-up should be like this.....1. Tamim Iqbal 2.Shahriar Nafees 3. Aftab Ahmed 4. Mushfiqur Rahim 5. Shakib Al Hasan 6. Alok Kapali 7. Mahmudullah Ryiad 8. Naeem Islam 9. Mashrafee Bin Mortoza 10. Shafiul Islam 11. Abdur Razzak So, Asia cup without Alok, Aftab and Nafees would not be a good one for Bangladesh. Though as a supporter i am hoping for the best with my grievance to the selectorsssssss.......

  • asadkum on June 10, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA..... What !!!! Ash again ???????????????

  • on June 10, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Is there no batting talent in the domestic cricket any more that the selectors keep selecting Ashraful again and again? It would be nice to blood some under 19/20 cricketer and give him half as many opportunites as have already been given to Ashraful and he will surely do something positive about these opportunities. Are the selectors waiting for Ashraful's avg to drop to teens before they drop him!

  • SABD on June 10, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    My suggested line-up/bat. order : 1. Tamim 2.Kayes 3.Junaid 4.Naeem 5.Mahmudullah 6.Shakib 7.Rahim 8.Shuvo 9. Mash 10.Shafiul 11.Razzak/Rasel

    Please note: 1. Naeem bats at 4/5 in the domestics and besides being a big hitter, he is capable of scoring hundreds.

    2. Shuvo has performed consistently well for the domestic and A teams all-round, especially with the ball. He is also is capable of scoring hundreds.

    3. Sri Lankan wickets are more pace friendly compared to typical sub-continent ones, and so playing 3 seamers won't be a bad idea. Besides, Asian batsmen r generally weak against quality pace bowling.

    4.Shakib tends to prevent Mahmudullah from completing his spells; he should bowl all the 10 overs.

    This line-up gives 7 quality bowlers(3 pacers. 4 spinners), which is crucial for ODIs as the captain can easily switch between options to contain runs as well as take wickets, and 10 batsmen(Mash and Shafiul can hang around with the bat for a while), so it is very well balanced.

  • on June 10, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Nazim uddin should open with Tamim.Alok should play in junaid place.

  • SABD on June 10, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Perfect team selection, barring Ashraful. He should have been left out for an entire domestic season, and then allowed a come-back only if he had scored at a 40+ average in all the formats. He sets a very bad example for his more responsible team-mates like Tamim, Riyadh, Sakib, Rahim, Siddique, etc. The other 14 do deserve the selection.

    I don't uderstand why do people talk in favour of UNDERPERFORMERS/CULPRITS like Aftab, Kapali,Nafees, Nazimuddin?

    People get dazzled by his batting avg but how many good knocks did Nafees play against quality sides? He left for ICL with an excuse of 'exams'.

    Alok has an avg. 17, so isn't Ash better with 23? He left the side for ICL threatening the selectors as he wasn't awarded a central contract, despite his poor outings!

    Have a look at Aftab, just 25 form 80 matches! He admits he is too lazy to go for nets, and we suggest him for national selection! Shame on us!

    Have nothing worth saying abt Nazim.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 10, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    The team who can field well can win the CUP. Sooooooo where would India be?

  • on June 10, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Bangladesh is being leader of cricket.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on June 10, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Probably Yuvraj, Ashraful, Salman Butt and Kapugedara should sit together and get their acts together...they have immense talent but need to display that consistently..

  • eeem82 on June 10, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    were is alok kopali?he was a real star in the icl........ is there any good hitter than him in bangladesh?

  • musicangel on June 10, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    u got to be kidding...ashraful??? dont u guys have any new GOOD players!!!!!?? ashraful is like the eclipse...once in a century he's like setting the field on fire otherwise he's no good!!!!

  • on June 10, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Mohammad Ashraful Is a Great Cricket Player BUT all time he Fill nervous. All Bangladeshi People are not Hoping u play a big Innings. SO Mohammad Ashraful If u read this Message u Please listen My request I think that will help U. U open with TAMIM Iqbal. You Hit every BALL whatever Bowler BALL. Please Remember (jayshuria and kaluvitarana) 1996 SO u do 20 just 5 ball IT will help the FULL team score card. ALL are Bangladeshi will BE happy IF u get RUNS on the Bord. SO One mach Open and play Like - afridi , kaluvitarana, jaysuria , gyle type style.......

  • on June 10, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Where is Kapali and why Ashraf always? Is he the blue-eyed boy in Bangladesh cricket?

  • on June 10, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Good Selection of BCB, but Ash ?.

  • Dewan_Jaglul on June 10, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    BCB's selection shows how hopeless the situation is. Ash..FOOL's once in a blue moon spark has got him at par with some top of the line fast bowlers' batting records. He is bent on getting it lower. He's got talent. He can play his shots. But his biggest knack is to get out after palyng one or two in most of the times. Perhaps BCB is hoping for his one last spark. But he can never perform consostently, that's for sure. But who else is there. Other than Tamim and a few, rests consistantly give in so easily!

  • Mindhunter84 on June 10, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Good to see Mashrafee back but extremely shocking to see Ashraful back in the side. What did he do to have earned a come back into the side???!!! He failed in the tests against England and still he is in the side. Our mindless, senseless selectors have done it again!!!! I still do not understand why Shahriar Nafees is not considered. He is thousand times better than Ashraful. Please selectors put some mind in the selection not emotions, or I guess we need to change the selection panel.

  • ruky on June 10, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    is alok kapali still playing. he is a fine batsmen to be on one day match

  • topspeed55 on June 10, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    I am an Indian cricket team supporter but I would still say its a very wrong selection to bring Ashraful back because Player are getting a message that just do your best to cement your place initially and you can stay on your past reputaion. Thats what was happening in India too but Yuvraj has been sacked although no questions about his talent but if you are not perfoming period you are out. May be this is his last chance because he is still a fluent and pleasant stroke player. but if you improvise too much you fall prey to wrong shot selection habbits. Now since it has become a habbit its not easy to change. India's Dinesh Kartik is such a pleasnt stroke player but he is also getting into bad habbits of improvisation. This will happen to lot of batsmen just wait and watch how badly the twenty20 domestic and international leagues will screw this game of cricket.

  • on June 10, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    I think it is good decision to take Ash in Team. He should get chance up to the World Cup 2011. But Nazimuddin Should come in team. No need of Naeem Islam in team at this moment.

  • boris6491 on June 10, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Unbelievable. Bangladesh are seemingly becoming as bad as Pakistan and India with their selections. Selecting on the basis of talent will never get a team anywhere. Ashraful is a disappointing player and he has not made this team on merit. He has been in such poor form for years with one sporadic knock out of 50 being impactful. It is time Bangladesh get over him, they have better players in their ranks and Ashraful is not dependable at all.

  • sohel3csedu on June 10, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    We don't want AshRawFoul in BD team more. He is a curse for BD team. After 10 Math he will play a 50 runs match.Is it enough??

  • rohanbala on June 10, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    Ashraful's form has been awful most times and the selectors decision to continue playing him in the team, baffles many. The sooner the BCB gets rid of him, the better for the team. The Asia cup could be his final outing if he carries his awful form to Srilanka.

  • shapeca on June 10, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    All this team need is a good psychiatrist to talk to the players not to play selfish game, stop playing fancy shots (called improvised shots). I think Bangladeshi team got attitude problem also every player thinks he will make the fastest century or hit six sixes in a row. They day dream also about IPL and County cricket. They don't learn from their mistakes. As they do not learn from their mistakes that is why we are seeing same result again and again. It is so frustrating!! It is so embrassing!! I know some will say that you are a new team..thats not true anymore. Everytime you loose miserably you prove Geoff Boycott is right. You should think positive; if others can make runs then you are supposed to do the same. 20 wickets down in 200 runs..that is absolutely ridiculous. That is wny I think this team need a psychiatrist, if they already have one,change him...he is not good enough to boost the players.

  • NurUddin on June 10, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket board needs to stop thinking that Bangladesh cricket team is not a team without Ashraful. More and more new player should get chance. It is hard to understand player like Alock Khapli, Shahirar Nafis and many more other player aren't getting chance. For good of Bangladesh cricket, it is time for a big time change.

  • on June 9, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Once again BCB will be fool by Ashra-FOOL!! After playing 159 ODI with an average of 23.72 and 55 Test with an average of 22.38 this lucky man still getting selected. By not performing in so many matches and still getting selected all the time....I think this is another world record by Aahra-FOOL!! What makes BCB think that he will get better after playing so many matches without any performance?!?! And if they are giving him a chance becuse of so called once in a blue moon talented performance...then how come Alok Kapali and Shahariar Nafis doesn't get a chance?? They are talented players as well which they proved it many times!! Its so unfair for players like them...when Ashraful getting selected after not performing all the time! If Ashraful has any shame he should step down by himself since BCB don't!!

  • on June 9, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    aftab should have been in the squad,junaid isn't a odi player,bd should play with 3 seamers 1 fulltime spinner(razzak) & u got sakib & m'ullah to bowl;c'on bd be attacking

  • realredbaron on June 9, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    there are even more explosive batsman than Tamim Iqbal are waiting to be called in Bangladesh and we are still picking Ashraful!!! This is absurd. Even if we think Ashraful might just play one good innnings in next 10 opportunities he gets, I believe the younger players with better temperament deserve to be called instead of this Ash-ar ful ("the flower of hope" in Bengali). One guy put it right-playing Ashraful means playing international cricket with 10 players. Are Bangladeshis that good to risk such a luxury? NO! Nazimuddin could open with tamim in ODI at least and then we would have our Asian Warner-Watson opening partnership in Tamim-Nazim. Why can't BCB get that?

  • on June 9, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    gud selection by bcb buh......ashraful agin in d team is big mistake by d bcbs.....hoe bangladesh plays gud in the asia cup

  • on June 9, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    I am really surprised why Selector giving chance to Ash. He needs some rest. I think selector should think to comeback Nafis and Alok Kapali

  • on June 9, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Does BCB remember Alok Kapali.... decent allrounder..... could easily replace Jahurul (still don't seem to understand his role in the team)....Kapali can take the spot of Mahmudulla how should be promoted up the order, where Jahurul is. Balanced 11 with a deep batting line up and decent bowling option:

    Tamim Iqbal Imrul Kayes Junaid Siddique Mahmudullah Shakib Al Hasan (capt) Alok Kapali Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) Naeem Islam Mashrafe Mortaza Abdur Razzak Shafiul Islam

  • _Rafi_ on June 9, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    I would rather play with 10 players than playing Ashraful

  • Bang_La on June 9, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Ashrafool will screw Bangladesh. He is finished! I never thought he had much in him, but who am I to say that against the media hype? His presence has a negative impact on whole team but still he is there only because Lotus wants him there. Boys watch him failing again and again and while they toil hard, Ashrafool always secures his berth without contributing a dot to the team! Alok Kapali should be called in.

  • on June 9, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Ashraful is the only match winner so far for the BD. No one can deny his contribution in very "few" BD successes so far. Mushrafe is also a good entity, if he is 100% fit and focused on job.

    I don't understand Why BD is still playing test cricket? In last ten plus years they didn't understand the basics.

    First they should know "How to draw a test match"? batsman should know how to stay at the wicket. Unfortunately the Batsman's doesn't differentiate between ODI batting power play and 5 day cricket, even wearing the white dress. Had a chance to watch the BD batting against England test matches, It was a poor show of throwing the wicket regardless scoring 100 or 0.

    Without quality fast bowling it's hard to win a test match.

  • on June 9, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Lol, the bigger news should be Mashrafe's return...Ashraful was just rested for that home England series anyway :p

  • on June 9, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Enough of Ashraful. You can't keep saying 'out of form' - he is never fine. Everyone keeps saying he has talent, talent, talent. What good has that talent brought to Bangladesh? BCB should kick him out. Future of Bangla cricket is with people like Tamim & Shakib. Even less talented players like Imrul Keyes & Junnaid have shown the will to fight it out. But this Ashraful is just frustrating!

  • on June 9, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Real nice, BCB...Ashra-fool flops yet again in England, and let's reward him with a recall to the ODI side. Well done. Because as we all know, the excuse will once again be 'But on his day he's a world beater...' Too bad that day comes once every blue moon. Pathetic.

  • ZsZs on June 9, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Ashraful did well in T20 65 against Pak.

  • SHAKILTAZ on June 9, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    I AM NOT ABLE 2 UNDERSTAND WHY ASHRAFUL IS AGAIN?I THINK BANGLADESH IS NOT DOING WELL BECAUSE OF SELECTORS.THERE ARE MANY GOOD PLAYERS IN BANGLADESH LIKE FARHAD HOSSAIN,FAISAL HOSSAIN,NAZIMUDDIN,SHUVOGOTO HOM .THEY ARE PLYING GOOD IN NATIONAL LEAGUE AND IN ' 'A'' TEAM AS WELL BUT THEY DO NOT GET ANY CHANCES.IN 2010 RUBEL'S BOWLING AVG IS 76.2 & R.RATE IS 6.86/OVER BUT WHY HE IS AGAIN IN TEAM?WHEN LAST YEAR BANGLADESHI FAST BOWLERS WERE STRUGGLING,AT THAT TIME NAZMUL DID HIS JOB REALLY WELL & LAST YEAR HIS AVG WAS 20. I THINK OVERALL IT IS VERY POOR DECISION FROM SELECTORS AGAIN. REF BY CRICINFO

  • on June 9, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    ashraful did score very less in england but he looked in touch most of the time....i think it is a matter of one good innings....i would like to c him fire...its such a treat to watch him play.....

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Good Selection of BCB, but why again Ashraful?

  • benjer on June 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Again BD selectors make their selectons blindly with taken Ash...........Now he is totally unfit in International cricket so ash can take the rest willingly.Again ignore Alok Kapali & Faisal Hossain but they are very useful in Middle order which position is realy looks unconsistence in current BD team.Pls think abt this pos.............

  • shahrukh_aiub on June 9, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Thanks to BCB to choose a good team after long day....i hope this team will rock in this Asia cup...even though if Shahriar Nafees would be a part of this team that would be superv...hope so he will come back as soon as possible in the team...Best of luck bangladesh team.

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    wake up bangladeshi team managment and the selectors.what is the good reason to select rubel and ashrafull!!Plz wake up.rubel's last ODI and test performance was really poor.ashrafull out of form.WHY ALOK KAPALI IS always negleted.why???before selecting the t20 team the selectors told that the time period given by the ICC was much earlier to see the performance of him.But now what is the good reason after making a good performance in the NCL AND PCL.apart from that SHAMSUR RAHMAN AND NAZIMUDDIN is performing well in recent WEST INDIES A AND SOUTH AFRICA A MATCHES.why again RUBEL????

  • on June 9, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Could you (bcb selection committee) tell us why rubel is automatic choice? did you see his odi performance? test performance? even domestic first class and list a performance? his only and only performance is one test 5 wicket and one odi 4 wickets. bcb remember only these two innings. his all performances says he is not fit for bangladesh's 5 no team even. his performance at a glance: test 12 wickets average 83.08 ! ecnonomy 4.68 ! ; odi 15 wicktes average 43.80 economy 6.19; first class 36 wickets 58.50 economy 4.33 !! ; list a 28 wickets average 35.14 economy 5.34. in bd, is there no any fast bowler better than him????????????????

  • on June 9, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    This is so sad for BD cricket. Having Ash in the team is like playing with 10 players. There are other players who should be get a chance. Ash got too many chances and he has been disappointing through & through.

  • fr600 on June 9, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Why Mr. Ashrafool again? I think someone else should have been given a chance at his spot. Aftab would have been a good pick. Ashrafool will fail again, speaking statistically and a newcomer would probably fail too but atleast he wouldn't be an experienced failure. Since Ashrafool has already been given another chance, I hope he performs well but if he doesn't, he should go back to play for the A team unless he proves himself with consistency. Apart from that, the team looks quite good.

  • mohammedc on June 9, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Will Mohammad Ashraful set the Asia Cup alight?

    No, he wont. Sooner we get rid of him the better.

  • on June 9, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Aftab is match winner.. Aftab had good contributions almost all the famous win of Bangladesh...

    Mr. Siddons can look the scorecard on the won matches against India in Dhaka, SA in world cup 2007 or even the winning sixer at Cardiff against Australia.. He has no right to destroy the carrier of such important player.

    I wonder why Alok Kapali is not there? He has the same class like Mahmudullah..

  • asadkum on June 9, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA........

    Ha ha ha .....'Recalling out- of -form Mohammad Ashraful' ...That's a good one !!! One day - he may do good......kind of Lottery Or gambling.........

  • mashfiq363 on June 9, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Under the given circumstances this is the best possible ODI team for Bangladesh at the moment. Many could raise the question about the Ashraful's inclusion in the team. But, in my view it's pretty okay considering the fact that who else can match Ashraful with his potential and experience. On his day Ashraful could be dangerous in any format of the game. Like him or hate him, he could be the Man for Tigers...

  • bdcricfan21 on June 9, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Why on earth is ashraful still in the team? How much worse( I don't think it's possible to get any worse) does he have to perform to get axed? Seriously, his inclusion really make me question the cricketing brain of the selectors. Are they playing politics, or are they just eternally naive to think ashraful will come good someday? What kind of a message does this send to other players... that you don't have to perform to keep your place on the team? Very frustrating.

  • on June 9, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Mortaza, Rasel and Rubel will provide the strong pace attack that BD have been missing recently. Ashrawful is an inspired choice as he is just about to get back into form. The middle order looks imposing with Mahmudullah also due for some runs. The only danger is that Tamim has probably run out of gas now, but look for Mushfiqur et al to fill in that gap. Overall a strong, well-balanced side who should reach the semifinals at least.

  • nazmulhaq54 on June 9, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Stupid selection!!! Why Aftab no there? Whats wrong? He is a superb batsman. This selection members always make mistake. I dont know that why they not look perform in domestic cricket. This year Aftab and Alok kapali done very well in club cricket league. But Rafiqul alam (who knows his record?) chose some wrong player. Anyway good luck Bangladesh...................

  • on June 9, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Not a bad squad but expected Nazimuddin to make a comeback, nonetheless they should give it their all to register the first win for this year.

  • on June 9, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    nice to c Mashrafe Mortaza back

    not happey to c Mohammad Ashraful back

    Jahurul Islam or Suhrawadi Shuvo place aftab saould be

    hate BCB

  • on June 9, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    this is not a perfect team, M Asraful shuld left out form the team, i think Asraful need some rest,

  • Bang_La on June 9, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    I wrote somewhere else in Cricinfo message board that we have to see Ashraful many more times in the squad. He is strongly backed by an immensely powerful coterie of BCB management just as a personal choice despite the monumental failures and clear signs of his exhaustion of the abilities. Such is Bangladesh culture of nepotism. I am not shocked but brace myself for another disastrous performance by Bangladesh team lead by Ashraful. He triggers and influences the disaster for the younger ones in the team. No one mentions Alok Kapali though he is available and far better than most of the Bangladesh batsmen only because of his religion disliked by the board president and his outspoken nature by Jamie Siddons.

  • on June 9, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Bad selection again by BCB :P

  • nydream04 on June 9, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    U kidding me ...What Bangladesh found in so call "talented batsman" Ash-fool...BD management is apparently HIGH on Ashfool bad odor....get a life BCB management...

  • Bonizzoni on June 9, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Mortaza and Shafiul...nice attack. If middle-order do the job, Bangladesh can make an upset at Asia Cup.

  • Abaa on June 9, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    ASHRAFUL SELECTED AGAIN??? For every one step Bangladesh takes forward, the BCB sends them backwards by two!!!

  • on June 9, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    I am a great admirer of Ashraful. But to be honest, he needs a long break from international cricket. He needs to get himself sorted out in the domestic league before he can be considered. Its time to move on. I am sorry to say that.

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  • on June 9, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    I am a great admirer of Ashraful. But to be honest, he needs a long break from international cricket. He needs to get himself sorted out in the domestic league before he can be considered. Its time to move on. I am sorry to say that.

  • Abaa on June 9, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    ASHRAFUL SELECTED AGAIN??? For every one step Bangladesh takes forward, the BCB sends them backwards by two!!!

  • Bonizzoni on June 9, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Mortaza and Shafiul...nice attack. If middle-order do the job, Bangladesh can make an upset at Asia Cup.

  • nydream04 on June 9, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    U kidding me ...What Bangladesh found in so call "talented batsman" Ash-fool...BD management is apparently HIGH on Ashfool bad odor....get a life BCB management...

  • on June 9, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Bad selection again by BCB :P

  • Bang_La on June 9, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    I wrote somewhere else in Cricinfo message board that we have to see Ashraful many more times in the squad. He is strongly backed by an immensely powerful coterie of BCB management just as a personal choice despite the monumental failures and clear signs of his exhaustion of the abilities. Such is Bangladesh culture of nepotism. I am not shocked but brace myself for another disastrous performance by Bangladesh team lead by Ashraful. He triggers and influences the disaster for the younger ones in the team. No one mentions Alok Kapali though he is available and far better than most of the Bangladesh batsmen only because of his religion disliked by the board president and his outspoken nature by Jamie Siddons.

  • on June 9, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    this is not a perfect team, M Asraful shuld left out form the team, i think Asraful need some rest,

  • on June 9, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    nice to c Mashrafe Mortaza back

    not happey to c Mohammad Ashraful back

    Jahurul Islam or Suhrawadi Shuvo place aftab saould be

    hate BCB

  • on June 9, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Not a bad squad but expected Nazimuddin to make a comeback, nonetheless they should give it their all to register the first win for this year.

  • nazmulhaq54 on June 9, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Stupid selection!!! Why Aftab no there? Whats wrong? He is a superb batsman. This selection members always make mistake. I dont know that why they not look perform in domestic cricket. This year Aftab and Alok kapali done very well in club cricket league. But Rafiqul alam (who knows his record?) chose some wrong player. Anyway good luck Bangladesh...................