India in Bangladesh 2014 June 4, 2014

Bangladesh selectors limit their choices


The Bangladesh selectors have left themselves little choice but to persist with a team which is very similar to the one that played in the World T20 for the three-match ODI series against India. They will pick a squad from among the 16 players who are in the training camp in Dhaka, as seven of the 23-member preliminary squad for the ODI series are either in the West Indies on the Bangladesh A tour or being sent there as on Wednesday night.

There had been much talk of a number of changes in the Bangladesh team from within the BCB during and after the World T20. But given how the upcoming ODI squad is shaping up, the only changes are those of the coaching staff following the resignations of David Dwyer, Shane Jurgensen and Corey Richards after the World T20.

If fitness and the Faruque Ahmed-led selection committee's drift are to be followed, they will have to make a choice between Ziaur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Mithun Ali. Taskin is a 19-year old fast bowler who made his international debut in the World T20, after suffering for 11 months with a knee injury. He has shown aggression and bowls at over 80mph, a rarity among quick bowlers in Bangladesh. Ziaur has had very few opportunities in the 2013-14 season. He has bowled well at times, but it would be surprising if the selectors pick five quick bowlers - Ziaur, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain and Taskin. In that case, Mithun could get a look-in as a back-up wicketkeeper, and reward for scoring 706 runs in nine first-class matches this season.

Eight of the preliminary squad will be scrutinised at length. It is likely that the selectors will give Mahmudullah a chance to play his 100th ODI despite just 36 runs in four ODI innings this year and an ordinary World T20. He was dropped for the Asia Cup after making 0, 1 and 5 against Sri Lanka but was quickly restored following Sohag Gazi's hand injury during the Asia Cup.

What is going to save him perhaps is a first-class century he made last month, after which he was banned for two games for making unsavoury gestures towards his own dressing room, as well as allrounder Sabbir Rahman being sent to the West Indies.

Gazi is another player who has had a poor run in 2014 after the high of the New Zealand series last year. He has three wickets in ODIs this year at an average of 56, and didn't pick a single one in the World T20. Thereafter, he has averaged 44.88 for nine first-class wickets.

Shamsur Rahman and Nasir Hossain are among the six players to return from the West Indies after the second four-day game against Sagicor High Performance Centre. If it translates to both being retained in the ODI side, it wouldn't be too much of a surprise as Nasir has only had his first bad patch in international cricket since debuting in 2011. Shamsur has had an up-and-down 2013-14 season, where he scored a Test century and a first-class double-hundred, but also remained irregular in the ODI and T20 sides. Imrul Kayes being in the West Indies with the A team will also work in Shamsur's favour.

Abdur Razzak has corrected his poor form since March with 37 wickets in the post- World T20 first-class season but more importantly, the selectors would always back a senior player who is eager to prove his detractors wrong. Razzak has been light of wickets in ODIs this year but he has recovered from a hamstring injury which he had picked up in early February.

The other eight are automatic choices due to very good to decent form or international experience. Al-Amin has improved by leaps and bounds while Rubel has been the highest wicket-taker this season and this year in ODIs for Bangladesh. Mashrafe, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Anamul Haque and Mominul form the backbone of the squad although Tamim Iqbal has had a run of low scores.

Chief selector Faruque has had a tricky start after taking over from Akram Khan but like his predecessor, he has also wanted to give players a longer run in the team. The ODI series against India will be a major test of his patience, as much as it would be a litmus test for Bangladesh on the field.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • anaya on June 9, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    india xi: 1. Robin 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Raina 5. Rayadu 6. Saha 7. Binny 8. Rasool 9. Mishra 10. Vinay 11. Umesh No. 5 & 6 can be experimented latter with tiwary and kedar.. Apart from this, i dnt expect too many changes, as its just a 3 match series.. Not possible to give every one a chance.. Uncapped players might hav to wait a little longer.. No point in making a debut against a weak bangladesh team, that too in flat decks..

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    My indian team in the order of batting is 1.Uttappa 2.Rahane 3.Pujara 4.Raina 5.Rayudu 6.Saha 7.Binny 8.Akshar 9.Parvez rasool 10.Mohit 11.Umesh yadav. Two fast bowlers and two spinners and a fast bowling all rounder(Binny) and raina too can bowl.. Batting depth till rasool ,india can chase any target.

  • Ramya on June 5, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Amongst the squad for the playing XI for India - Uthappa, Rahane, Raina, Pujara, Saha, Mishra, Yadav, Sharma, select themselves. For the other 3 players - I wud go with a spin strong side - Kedar Jadhav (batsman), Akshar Patel, (all rounder) and Pervez Rasool. - I wud swap Binny and Jadhav for alternate matches and see who bats better!

  • Shoaib on June 5, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    My 11 and squad for ODIs will look like this:- Tamim, Anamul, Mominul, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Riyad, Mashrafe, Razzak, Rubel and Al-Amin...reserves Taskin, Arafat, Sabbir and Ziaur Rahman. Bringing in too many new faces has been a problem for team and time for it to be settled for long term future.

  • Shafin on June 5, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    @Fardin Naeem is just useless in ODIs and T20s ..... he bats so slow that it becomes very difficult for other batsmen to increase the RR. He will CERTAINLY be dropped.

  • Shah on June 5, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    I'm really struggling as a half BD half England supporter. It will break my heart if India win both series against both teams. What I'm struggling with is why BD cannot find a way of putting together a team full of Shakib's, Mushfiq's and Anamul's. Why doesn't Tamim live up to his talent? Why can't we find a way to compete?!

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    MY indian team 1.Robin Uthappa 2.Ajinkya Rahane 3.Cheteshwar Pujara 4.Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 5.Suresh Raina (c) 6.Kedar Jadhav 7.Akshar Patel 8.Parvez Rasool (or)Stuart Binny 9.Vinay Kumar(or)Amit Mishra 10.Umesh Yadav 11.Mohit Sharma this team beat bd team easy...........

  • Android on June 5, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    My squad would look something like this: Tamim, Anamul, Shamsur, Mominul, Mushfiq, Shakib, Nasir, Riyad, Gazi, Razzak, Mashrafe, Al Amin, Rubel, Zia, Naeem. But since Naeem is in WI still, I'd persist with Sabbir. and now since both are in WI, I want to be able to take Marshall Ayub and see how he does in ODI s

  • zahidul on June 5, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    India gonna have to really fight hard to beat this Bangladesh odi team , Bangladesh is always good team in odi , despite of poor form of nasir sabbir reza at least riyad shows his capability in some of matches in world t20 , i think riyad definitely deserve his place in the team . bd team dont need extra offspin if riyad is there , so thats a plus for him . all over it will be good team with taskin on pace attack for Bangladesh

  • Ramya on June 4, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    It wud do a world of good for BD to be realistic from wins or losses of this Indian team tht is touring them later in the month. With almost the entire ODI squad being rested, BD shud realise tht this is India's A side. If they are defeated in this series they shud do some very serious thinking - if India's third string side can beat them, then it will be a cake walk for any proper playing XI from any test playing nation(Zimb I wudnt count). If on the other hand, they win, then they must understand tht this is not a proper side and must not go over the moon!

    Apart from Shakib and Mushfiqur, there is no real threat to the tourists. BD fans need to understand tht it will take time for their side to become world beaters. They shud be targeting another 4-5 yrs and must work in tht direction. If they do tht, they will and can become better players. Too much hype and expectations wont do any good for the players and the team as such! ATB!

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