Australia tour of Bangladesh, 2011 March 28, 2011

Mortaza returns, Ashraful axed for Australia ODIs

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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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  • 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.

  • 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!!!!!!!!!!

  • MT2010 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.

  • 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...

  • on March 30, 2011, 5:58 GMT

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

  • calvin_n 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.

  • atique27 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.

  • MT2010 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 .

  • 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.

  • on March 29, 2011, 9:20 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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!!!!!!!!!!

  • MT2010 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.

  • 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...

  • on March 30, 2011, 5:58 GMT

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

  • calvin_n 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.

  • atique27 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.

  • MT2010 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 .

  • 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.

  • on March 29, 2011, 9:20 GMT

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

  • on March 29, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    SERIOUSLY,who cares about ODI series, the wc is the one it counts. come in bangali boys. accept the fact

  • wajahatrehman on March 29, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Ashraful is the best player Bangladesh has produced. Dropping him when he was given only limited chances is unfair. He has been bullied into changing his playing style and is now not able to express himself. Why can't he be given freedom to play his shots like Tamim Iqbal is given. Why is Raqibul Hasan in the team when his performance is not better than Ashraful and he is supposedly playing in Ashraful's place.

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Hard to believe they have dropped Naeem and Junaid. Junaid may have been a little light on runs through the WC however he has been quite stable for them in recent times. I only saw Naeem bowl once in the WC but i thought he was terrific. I can;t understand that non-selection at all.

  • ibbani on March 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Ashraful must retire before Ponting.

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    good change bd team................

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Nice to ALOK KAPALI - The HINDU Player in the Bangladesh team

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Good to see Ashraful dropped we had enough of him and he has no talent those fluke wins don't mean anything to us anymore.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    love to see alok back in the side... so the line up will be like tamim, imrul, shahriar, sakib, alok, musfiq, riad, mashrafi, razzak, safiul , rubel. fanstic............

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    i would like to see shadat hossian in the squad as fast bowler

  • Dashgar on March 29, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Junaid Siddique shouldn't have been dropped. He's a young player with a lot of class. Bangladesh needs him to develop. The rest of the changes I like. Look forward to see Shuvagoto Hom who is the form player in Bangladesh's domestic circuit.

  • on March 28, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    This is my choice since b4 the world cup except shahadat hussain. He should have been included replacing rubel hussain. The guy took 6 wickets in Lords match.

  • Farhad-Shamsi on March 28, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    BD's WC strategy was wrong from the outset. Even before the games began, they targeted to beat IRE and NED and just "one big team." They did beat IRE, NED and ENG, but didn't go through. Sadly, this strategy was set in the player's mind, and they did not have the mental strength to beat SA. If the strategy to beat one big team was doable, then the strategy to beat all three big teams (IND, SA, ENG & WI) was doable too. Coaches/Officials should set target to win EVERY MATCH from now on.

  • on March 28, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Curse you all selectors ...... but hope the players win

  • on March 28, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    this was the best side in WC.

  • M.Daud on March 28, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    welcome back MASH, now show what you are made of...

  • on March 28, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Ashraful had a forgettable World Cup........

  • on March 28, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    good decission...................................................

  • dulabhai on March 28, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    finally, bcb has made a good decision to drop ashraful..

  • howizzat on March 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    The selectors should compete for musical chairs, which they could have won hands down. Ifeel sad for Junaid.

  • risad1992 on March 28, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    An excellent decision to retain Shakib as captain... nd Mashrafe's come back is a real boost for the team .... and hope Alok Kapali clicks in the middle order ..... Bangladesh team is gonna make a comeback ..... beating the Aussies .... Inshallah !!!

  • on March 28, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    I don't think so that it will make huge difference than the WC XI. The main problem for Bangladeshi players are........they are not capable to show their maturity on the field. If they make 30 runs....they think that they finish their job. Its totally unacceptable. Bangladesh giving its player all world class facility and services. I am just surprised why they are not able to implement it on field??? Bangladesh could easily made to quarter final in this WC because no doubt about this they are better side than the West Indies. But they lost their golden opportunity by showing immaturity on the field.Now Bangladeshi fans will watch Alok Kapali, how he does on upcoming game. I hope that he would prove that his recall is worthy for Bangladesh. Good Luck Bangladesh.

  • on March 28, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    ahuh dis team looks a champion team y bcb didnt decide dis team b4 world cup everyone was taking mashrafe alok kapali n shahriar unfortunatly he only got 2 games he cud be destructive batsman if he was playing da whole zimbabwe series n also each of da world cup group stage but bcb rest him on zimbabwe series n aslo 4 games in da world cup as well y in the earth u want 2 do dat bcb ?????????????????? experiment players..?/

  • gouthamkotera on March 28, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    All the best Bangladesh. this is the best time for you to beat the formerly mighty Aussies humbled and humiliated by two of the sub continent teams. its your turn now.

  • indianzen on March 28, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Australia will crush Bangladesh, I think Bangladesh better try tours with WI, ZIM, Kenya and Canada. if they cant win atleast they would have an outing in foreign countries... :-)

  • i_amVIVA on March 28, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Well, the team is somewhat balanced now, that's the good news... but it's a bit too late for the WC now. It's the bangla saying: "... married this late age, but had it been in time....saw grandchild".

    Again better late than never... what can you say. If both the board and our young captain learnt the lesson of 'no substitute for experience' in any activity/ profession/ game, and build a team around raw talents as well as seasoned heros, then that would be the Tigers' progress in the right direction. Hope they don't indulge in INSOMNIA again in the near future......

  • on March 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    hope 58 and 78 will not return in the series against Aussies.

  • CricketChat on March 28, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Sensible move by Bang selectors to drop Ashraful. He got innumerable chances in the past based on his 'potential' rather than sporadic good results. It is time to give similar chances to other aspiring youngsters. Hope they won't bring him back again if one of the current ones fail.

  • Sailav on March 28, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Sahadat hossain is a better pacer than Rubel and Shafiul. Sahatdat has taken 5wkt hauls against teams like,SA, ENG, IND,SL. So he should have been picked. Raqibul should be dropped.Raqibul is a mediocre player with a SR of around 50

  • on March 28, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    where r the bangali boys missing in world cup semi-finals? i thought they r going to win the world cup. i dont hear a word from bangala fans as well. who really cares about a series? isnt world cup a bigger event than a series?

  • on March 28, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    junaid siddique is a good batsman atleast better than shahriar nafees and dropping him will definitely hurt bangladesh.

  • on March 28, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    I'm very happy to see the return back of Mash & Kapali. But why was Junaid & Naeem axed? And why Shuvagoto is included? Junaid should be in the squad instead of Shuvagoto & Naeem should be there instead of Shuvo as he can do something with the bat. Anyway, all the best Tigers!!!

  • sohail.k on March 28, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Best of Luck Bangladesh... Its best chance to beat Australia n prove yourself...

  • atique27 on March 28, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Unlucky nazmul left out without a chance. Where shafiul & rubel could not give early break through in a single match out of 6.Englangland changed 5 but we did not bring mashrafe or use nazmul. Raqibul was given enough chance, should be kept for test team only.Raqibul only can play out some overs, useless to chase 250 or more. Ashraful was consistent performer for national league/premier league (runs & wickets) at no 4 but did not play a single match in his position (no 4/5). He is given always one or two matches. Ross taylor/ponting/yuvraj are example of players hit form as their team kept faith for several matches. He is a proven match winner. In bangla team except shakib is there any other match winner (not even tamim won a big match).When will value our experience? Shuvagoto will debut against australia, strange tough debut, if fails will be out for sure.( rabiul/jahurul during england tour).Junaed, a good slip fielder anyday better than shuvagoto. He did not play enough for A team.

  • on March 28, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Ashraful's soon on his way to get an another world record...this time for the youngest test retiree....what a waste of an illustrious career. time to move on and get a better batsman of the same calibre as aminul or habibul.

  • on March 28, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Just what we need. More ODI cricket.

  • on March 28, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    How hard is it to arrange 10 to 15 four dayers in Bangladesh .

    Guys u did a brave job in spending 37 million dollar in opening ceremony . Can't you afford to spend some on your team .

  • on March 28, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Selection committee of Bangladesh Cricket should look at the performance of Mushfikur Rahim; the wicket keeper. He got the worst batting in the team. He should replaced by Dhiman Ghosh; an young wicket keeper with good batting

  • jashan83 on March 28, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Dont get out again for 58 & 78 again now

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on March 28, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    surely a best selection. but,when sakib and razzak is specialist left armer then i prefer naeem over shuvo and junayed over rakibul. jhurul should keep, musfiq axed.

  • Latha2620 on March 28, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    I think they are being unfair wid Ashraful. He definitely deserves a chance given that he's been a gud player for them. agreed he's going through a slump in form but that's when u need to back ur players. i'm sure he'll cum out of his bad patch sooner that way.

  • on March 28, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    i think lately threre is a good decision to call back kapali , i think he will be big booster for middle order, and very useful for batting power play where our weakness is too concern for us, mash will be great threat for aus if he get himself fit enough.........

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  • on March 28, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    i think lately threre is a good decision to call back kapali , i think he will be big booster for middle order, and very useful for batting power play where our weakness is too concern for us, mash will be great threat for aus if he get himself fit enough.........

  • Latha2620 on March 28, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    I think they are being unfair wid Ashraful. He definitely deserves a chance given that he's been a gud player for them. agreed he's going through a slump in form but that's when u need to back ur players. i'm sure he'll cum out of his bad patch sooner that way.

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on March 28, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    surely a best selection. but,when sakib and razzak is specialist left armer then i prefer naeem over shuvo and junayed over rakibul. jhurul should keep, musfiq axed.

  • jashan83 on March 28, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Dont get out again for 58 & 78 again now

  • on March 28, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Selection committee of Bangladesh Cricket should look at the performance of Mushfikur Rahim; the wicket keeper. He got the worst batting in the team. He should replaced by Dhiman Ghosh; an young wicket keeper with good batting

  • on March 28, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    How hard is it to arrange 10 to 15 four dayers in Bangladesh .

    Guys u did a brave job in spending 37 million dollar in opening ceremony . Can't you afford to spend some on your team .

  • on March 28, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Just what we need. More ODI cricket.

  • on March 28, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Ashraful's soon on his way to get an another world record...this time for the youngest test retiree....what a waste of an illustrious career. time to move on and get a better batsman of the same calibre as aminul or habibul.

  • atique27 on March 28, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Unlucky nazmul left out without a chance. Where shafiul & rubel could not give early break through in a single match out of 6.Englangland changed 5 but we did not bring mashrafe or use nazmul. Raqibul was given enough chance, should be kept for test team only.Raqibul only can play out some overs, useless to chase 250 or more. Ashraful was consistent performer for national league/premier league (runs & wickets) at no 4 but did not play a single match in his position (no 4/5). He is given always one or two matches. Ross taylor/ponting/yuvraj are example of players hit form as their team kept faith for several matches. He is a proven match winner. In bangla team except shakib is there any other match winner (not even tamim won a big match).When will value our experience? Shuvagoto will debut against australia, strange tough debut, if fails will be out for sure.( rabiul/jahurul during england tour).Junaed, a good slip fielder anyday better than shuvagoto. He did not play enough for A team.

  • sohail.k on March 28, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Best of Luck Bangladesh... Its best chance to beat Australia n prove yourself...