India in Bangladesh 2014 June 5, 2014

Mithun, Taskin picked for India ODIs


Uncapped players Taskin Ahmed and Mithun Ali have been called up to Bangladesh's 15-man squad for the three-ODI series against India in June. There was no room for medium-pacer Rubel Hossain as the selectors also picked Ziaur Rahman for his seam-bowling allrounder skills.

From Bangladesh's previous ODI campaign - the Asia Cup this year - Imrul Kayes, Arafat Sunny, Naeem Islam and Shafiul Islam missed out, while Tamim Iqbal returned to the squad after missing the five-nation tournament due to a neck injury.

Taskin, 19, is recognised as one of the quickest bowlers in Bangladesh. He recently recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him for nearly a year after the BPL in 2013. A few weeks after full recovery, Taskin made his international debut against Australia in the World T20. He was always earmarked by BCB coaches and was a regular in the Bangladesh nets from January this year, gradually revving up his pace.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mithun was the sixth highest scorer - 706 runs - in first-class cricket this season, including two centuries. He made his T20 debut against Sri Lanka in February this year.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said Mithun and Taskin had been picked to gauge the depth of the team's bench strength ahead of the 2015 World Cup. "We have kept more or less a settled squad but it is also important to get an idea about the kind of back up we have in our hands as we start preparing for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand," Faruque said. "Mithun [Ali] has been under our radar for a while. He has performed consistently in the limited overs format and in the longer version as well during the last couple of years and deserves a chance at international level.

"Taskin [Ahmed] is an exciting prospect and has already played a Twenty20 international. We thought it was a good opportunity to see how he performs in the 50-over game in home conditions against some quality batsmen."

Faruque said due to the number of pace options, and to balance the squad, they had to omit Rubel. He expressed confidence in Al-Amin Hossain and also felt Mahmudullah would be useful as a bowler, but did not make a mention of his poor batting form.

"Al Amin has bowled impressively since his debut and Mashrafe Mortaza is our most experienced campaigner. We also have a seam-bowling all-rounder in Ziaur Rahman. Because of these pace options and squad balance Rubel Hossain misses out. The spin department is well covered with Abdur Razzak, Shakib Al Hasan and Sohag Gazi. Mahmudullah is also quite handy and can do a job for his captain."

Rubel was Bangladesh's highest ODI wicket-taker in the 2013-14 season, but his expensive spells this year probably cost him a place. Out of six ODIs in 2014, Rubel gave away more than 60 on four occasions, but found a way to pick up wickets. Bangladesh are without their top two wicket-takers of the year - Rubel and Sunny - for the series against India.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mithun Ali, Abdur Razzak, Masrafe Mortaza, Shohag Gazi, Ziaur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • P on June 11, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    It is one thing for BD to say that India is taking this series lightly but totally other thing for BD to actually beat this India side. I highly doubt BD can win this series. Wish them luck - they will need it!!

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Best of Luck BD cricket,we wanna see some good cricket this time.

  • campi on June 9, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    India Rule the world......... :D we will win this with WHITEWASH. - tamilnadu fan.

  • Ranil on June 9, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    For me the winner in this series is already decided and that is India. The only thing I'm interested is that what the victory margin would be. Is it 2-1 or 3-0? My guess is it would be 3-0. I do not think this Indian team is weak as suggested by the BD captain or BD fans. They are as strong as the original Indian XI and BD fans should not feel embarrassed when you loose this series. BD fans have already experienced the most embarrassing defeat when BD lost to HK about two months ago. Finally I would like to remind BD fans an interview given by your star all-rounder Shakib after the T20 WC. The main idea of that interview was BD fans get too emotional and have high expectation on the team which they should not do. So I think this time BD Fans should stick to Shakib's advice.

  • Mahadev on June 8, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Sanju Samson (RR) & Manan Vohra (KXI_Pujab) should have been picked. Especially Samson, a gifted player with tremendous temperament & exceptional skills with bat... When selectors can pick Sachin for big tour at age of 15+, y not Sanju/Vohra for Bangladesh tour at their 19+... Unlucky fellows...

    Really feel sorry for these two talents... Selectors please identify true talents 'quickly' and encourage/respect their talents...

  • karthik on June 8, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Warm_ coffee.Who said our bowling packs venom.Umesh yadav is one of the fastest bowlers in the world.He has greater control than Aaron.And definitely your batsmen will struggle against misheard.Do you remember the googly he bowled to bijoy.Under vinay Kumar's captaincy his state side sweeped all domestic tournaments.

  • Dummy4 on June 8, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    @Ashir Intishar......your idea is all most ok but it is possible to win when all batsman do their job right way and all bowler shows their performance properly as well as excellent fielding . This harmonization leads to win Bangladesh.

  • Shoaib on June 8, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    As long as the team plays plays very well then really it should be an easy 3-0 victory. This Indian squad is in T20 mode and they will be under pressure to deliver since its basically a massive chance for them to impress selectors to be in long term Indian future and most of them hardly played together at the highest stage. Whereas in contrast to Bangladesh, our team has far too much International experience. There is just no way our batsman will struggle against this Indian attack since there is no venom and only way we could lose this is due to bowling/fielding but that's unlikely since we have Shakib the spinner who was very economical in the entire IPL and new tall exciting pacers in Taskin and Al-Amin along with Mashrafe experience.

  • Android on June 8, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    good squad, but I'm bit surprised to bee honest, I would take Rubel instead of taking Al amin, Rubel has the capabilities of taking wicket, he was auto choice especially when we play against " India " , other hand Al amin , to me he looks like a foolish bowler :3 got wickets somehow but technically Rubel is better choice and again Tamim, okay considering he involved last time when bangladesh did beat india , I really got not much objections, All the best to tigers :)

  • Dummy on June 7, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    Just beat India 3-0 and give them a lesson before england tour..

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