New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 2, 2013

Abdur Razzak recalled to Test squad, Mahmudullah retained


Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who last played a Test for Bangladesh in August 2011, was named in the 14-man squad for the first Test against New Zealand, which starts on October 9. The only new face in the list was pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain, while there were recalls for Anamul Haque, Marshall Ayub and Naeem Islam too.

Mahmudullah was retained in the squad despite his poor Test form. He is the vice-captain, and will once again bat at No. 8, his regular position in the line-up.

Al-Amin is currently the second highest wicket-taker in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division with 18 wickets. He had an impressive tour of England for Bangladesh A in August and had been in the selectors' gaze for quite a while, having been a prolific bowler for Khulna Division in the National Cricket League.

"Like any other cricketer, it was my dream to make it to the national team," Al-Amin said. "I am really excited about the opportunity. My next aim is to make it to the playing XI, and take as many wickets as I can."

He could however miss out on a Test debut as both Robiul Islam and Rubel Hossain are in the squad. Robiul is recovering from a hamstring injury, while Rubel had muscle stiffness, but the bowlers are expected to be fit in time. Bangladesh are unlikely to pick three seamers, given that Sohag Gazi and Shakib Al Hasan are automatic picks.

As a result, Razzak's inclusion isn't much of a surprise and is he unlikely to play unless there is an injury. He has been the perennial back-up spinner in the Test squad previously too, despite his bags of first-class wickets. He is considered a limited-overs specialist and has done well in both ODIs and Twenty20s. He, however, had an impressive first-class season in 2012-13, picking 54 wickets for Khulna and South Zone in the two longer-version tournaments.

Naeem returns after a good two Tests against West Indies where he looked like a long-term prospect at No. 4. He scored a century in the first Test, but a careless injury in the Bangladesh Premier League cost him two consecutive tours - Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Marshall was in the Test squad for Sri Lanka, but didn't get a chance to play there. He continued to score runs domestically, scoring six centuries.

Anamul, who missed the tour to Zimbabwe due to college exams, has replaced Jahurul Islam and will open with Tamim Iqbal. There are going to be a few contenders for the No. 3 and 4 positions, with Naeem, Mominul Haque and Marshall picked to give the team management options for the two places.

Squad for first Test: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt.), Mahmudullah, Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Mominul Haque, Marshall Ayub, Robiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    For me the Al-amin should be given his debut tomorrow. Razzak is the most senior campaigner of the team at the moment, BD needs him. He is fine bowler no matter what. He will get 4/5 wicket hauls in a test match. Whereas about Shakib, he is the best all rounder we will ever have, he just got back from injury. Riad has been disappointing as a vice-captain, his performance dropped drastically. However looking forward to this series as the tigers will be playing after a long time. For me tomorrow's line up should be like this - Tamim, Mominul, Naeem, Riad, Mushfiq, Shakib, Nasi, Gazi, Razzak, Rubel and debut guy Al-amin.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    I had never been in favor in picking Abdur Razzak for tests, but I think he should play this time because he has done well in FC cricket. Robiul looked good in Zimbabwe so he should be an automatic choice. Rubel has a poor test record so Al-Amin can be played in place of the former. No. 3 and 4 are tricky positions for Bangladesh since no one has done too well to have a permanent spot for himself. I feel Ayub should be given a shot and maybe Mominul should play. I know that Naeem got a hundred against the Windies but his batting doesn't look test quality to me.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Abdur Razzak has been a regular in Bangladesh's limited-overs squad but has not played a Test in almost two years

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    are they going to play 8 batsman or stick to 7??

  • ESPN on October 4, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    hope Banladesh will go with four specialist bowlers.ofcourse there is shakib as the fifth bowler.rubel hussain and robiul is my choice with razzak and gaji in the spin dippertment.i am a beliver of seven batsman.if seven batsman can't score over 400 runs then there is serious problem.

  • Md. Sohel on October 4, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    I thing bd need Marsal Ayub as permanent test batsman.

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @tauhid_aks dont take it personally. I dont think so Bangladesh has slightest chance of winning any test in near future even if they play 10-12 tests per year. If you want to win a test match u need good pace bowlers and spinners who can take 10 wickets in any given day. Bangladesh doesnt have any pace bowlers of that quality even Ireland and Afghanistan has better pace bowlers then Bangladesh. If you consider the spin sector they do have some good bowlers but not that good to take out a quality batting line up in test matches. Their batting line up is a joke. 13 years of playing test only one batsmen was able to score 200 this year. Bangladesh can not even score 350-400 runs most of their test innings. Its a trend which can not be changed. Face it test match is not a thing for Bangladesh. They might do good in ODI or may be in T20I only.

  • Nasser Anzum on October 3, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    I don't agree with the idea of playing 8 batsmen with only 3 regular bowlers. I know, Shakib is considered as the 4th bowler but coming from injuries he shouldn't get too much work of bowling heavily. Again, Bangladesh should have the winning mentality and to take 20 wickets we should field 4 mainstream bowlers. There is only Anamul apart from Tamim as a opener in the squad but I'm not totally convinced about him in tests because of his vulnerable footwork. Marshall Ayub opening might be an idea to think of. However, my team for 1st test would be: Tamim,Anamul,Marshall,Mominul,Shakib,Mushfiqur,Nasir,Gazi,Razzak,Robiul,Rubel.

  • Tauhidul on October 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @Harry, Bangladesh is playing even lesser tests than they should be playing. We need to play more tests to improve the horror statistics we have thanks to our board and ICC.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Why Bangladesh is not playing 5 ODIs and at least 2 T20Is against New Zealand this time. They played 5 ODIs last time they faced each other in Bangladesh. If BCB is not going to arrange more matches then performance of Bangladesh is going to fall and they might miss the main event in the next T20I world cup next year. Even the associates are playing more T20I and ODI then Bangladesh. It will be really hard for them to beat Ireland and Afghanistan in T20Is if they dont increase their matches in this format.

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