Australia tour of Bangladesh, 2011 March 28, 2011

Mortaza returns, Ashraful axed for Australia ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful's stop-start international career hit another roadblock when he was left out of the Bangladesh side for the upcoming three-match home ODI series against Australia. Seamer Mashrafe Mortaza, who missed the World Cup with a knee injury, was recalled, along with middle-order batsman Alok Kapali. Shakib Al Hasan was retained as the captain, while Tamim Iqbal will remain his deputy.

Ashraful had a forgettable World Cup, managing only 18 runs in three outings, and was axed along with Junaid Siddique, Naeem Islam and Nazmul Hossain. Uncapped batsman Shuvagoto Hom was the only newcomer named in the side.

With 145 wickets in 116 ODIs, Mortaza, 27, is Bangladesh's second-highest wicket-taker in the format, and his return brightens their prospects against Australia. Kapali played the last of his 65 one-dayers in September 2008, and his recall is an attempt to bolster Bangladesh's misfiring middle order. If he gets a chance in the series, Kapali will hope to improve on his mediocre batting average of 19.83.

The three-matches will be played on April 9, 11 and 13 at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Tamim Iqbal (vice-capt), Mashrafe Mortaza, Imrul Kayes, Shahriar Nafees, Raqibul Hasan, Alok Kapali, Shuvagoto Hom, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam

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  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Doesn't matter, whatever team they form, there will be no impact on the results, playing to Australia, a 0-3, white wash is almost certain! But, that is not my point, writing here. A 58, and a 78, showed us that our team is yet, lacking of the basics. Therefore, the team managements should bring forward those players who still got both the ability to correct themselves and can learn those basics.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Its good for BCB that ashraful is not playing or else it would have beeb a big disaster!!!!!!!!!!

  • M on March 30, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Bangladesh overall is not a good team and so it doesnot matter who comes and who goes. At the end of the day, we always see the same results. Cricket is not an individual game for individual record. Bangladesh team needs to understand that.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Finally, BD selectors made some sense.. With Alok & Shahriar Nafees regular on this team, beside Tameem & co., BD could do wonder in batting.. But hidden & filthy politics made BD fans suffer for years.. Hope, those days are over and players like Alok won't suffer in their career from here on...

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    good selection......................

  • Calvin on March 29, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Kapali has got his final chance...He should try and play good positive cricket... I hope Ashraful reinvents himself and comes back and fulfills his potential.

  • atique on March 29, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Unlucky nazmul dropprd without any chance. Shafiul & rubel flopped in all 6 matches to get early wickets. Mashrafe/nazmul not called in surprisingly. New debut against australia?? Junaed any day better than shuvagoto. Is shuvagoto did enough to replace junaed/ashraful? After performing well at no 4 throughout the year (National league/premier league) with bat/ball ashraful got 1/2 chances at no 7. Should keep the proven match winners for few matches. Shakib/siddons spoiling the career of seniors & scoring 58, 78....Why raqibul still in the team, his last 6 innings scores 12, 0, 28, 38, 4, 0. Is it good enough? Most importantly his strike rate only close to 50. Which is slow at even test level. U can't win one day with such slow player. Either keep selectors or technical committee(which does not take responsibility,just an eye wash). Hope next group of selectors will hv backbone or resign.

  • M on March 29, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Does it matter who is included and who is not. BD will lose anyway .... instead of concentrating on international matches, BD should try to promote cricket in jnr school level ... among kids of 10 years or younger .. teach them how to bat properly .. most of the batsman who are playing for BD today probably never had that training at that early age and so this is how they play ... players like Tamim, Rakibul appeared to be lucky on one day and unlucky on another .... top order batsmen cannot /should not get out like the way these batsmen often get out. They didn't learn the basic .

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Very happy to see return back of Mash and Kapali. But Junaid should be in the squad instead if Shuvagoto.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    welcome back Mashrafe! will be good to have you back!

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