New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 2, 2013

Abdur Razzak recalled to Test squad, Mahmudullah retained

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on October 5, 2013, 14:17 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Rana38 on October 4, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    I thing bd need Marsal Ayub as permanent test batsman.

  • 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.

  • Samudro2106 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.

  • tauhid_aks 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on October 5, 2013, 14:17 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Rana38 on October 4, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    I thing bd need Marsal Ayub as permanent test batsman.

  • 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.

  • Samudro2106 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.

  • tauhid_aks 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.

  • 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.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on October 3, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Shakib wouldn't make my XI simply because he was been poor ever since coming back from surgery. But he does lift in international games. Both Naeem and Marshall have been consistent for a while now so definitely good selections. A bit worried about Riyad being selected.

  • RedonGreen on October 3, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Can't agree with Mahmudullah batting @ # 8. He can only be in the team as a 'specialist batsman' who can bowl a bit of lollipop spin occassionally. I'd rather take an extra specialist bowler depending on the pitch condition. It is time Mahmudullah do justice to his talent @ Test level; he has been given enough opportunity.

  • QTS_ on October 3, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    The pace bowling problem remains. Rubel is still being picked in the squad. Hopefully, Al-Amin will perform better. Batting looks solid - Tamim, Mominul, Shakib, Mushfique, Nasir all have good performances in international matches. Mahmudullah may be a gamble.

    The spin attack could make the difference, especially since Vettori's bowling is not better than in 2008 (in comparison to the first BAN-NZ Test of 2008).

  • on October 3, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Just hope Shadat doesn't get selected. He is the worst bowler on the planet and has been responsible for too many Tiger losses.

  • P.BIPULKUMAR on October 3, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Good job done by bcb selectors . moreover the best think is that there is no jahurul,nafees,imrul , nazimuddin , shahadat, . My playing XI is Tamim,Anamul , Ayub,Naeem,Mushfiq,Shakib,Mominul, Mahmadullah,Gazi,+2 pacers. Good luck Tigers.

  • on October 2, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    i thing bd need another batsman too.we don't need so much spiners.its test series.

  • on October 2, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Expecting some experience player. Selector can giv a chance to NafeeZ Iqbal or Imrul Kayes.....

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 2, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    I think the time has come for Bangladeshi cricket to prove a point. So many years at the international level and they still haven't played like a good team. This series against NZ should give them some confidence because they have beaten them before. At home, Bangladesh are okay. But, it is when they travel overseas they are found wanting. Some of their individual players are good but they need to work as a team. Good luck.

  • The_Ashes on October 2, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Like 2 see this 11 - Tamim, Bijoy, Naeem, Marshall, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Riyad, Gazi, Robiul and Rubel.

  • The_Ashes on October 2, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Top order looks heavily inexperienced. You can't have Marshall and Mominul as 3 and 4. I remember Mominul in Zimbabwe series and it went bad. I personally think if he plays then he should bat at 7. Rahim should bat at 4 and Naeem at 3. People question Naeem technique and that but he has the best temperament of all the players and has obviously improved by his standards. Tamim is the only player who can bat aggressively if he wants since that's his natural style and works most of the time. He hasn't scored a test century for over 3 years because of his defensive play which just doesn't work. But judging by this squad, looks to me we'll be seeing a spinning wicket which is of course good as it gives team the best chance.

  • bdsmaruf on October 2, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    I like anamul play at no. 3. it will be a decent team - tamim, marshal, anamul, naeem, sakib,musfiq, nasir, mahmudullah, gazi, robiul, robel,

  • Captainman on October 2, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Good squad and good to see no Jahurul. We expect minimum 1-0 series win in test, 2-1 series win in ODIs and T20 doesn't really matter.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on October 2, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Three regular spinners (Shakib, Gazi, Razzak), 4 part time spinners (Mahmud, Naeem, Nasir, Mominul) define BD squad well. Half of the players of this squad r spinners.

  • on October 2, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    i think the performance in practice match will dictate the position of no2,3,4.if nayeem and marshal perform good and anamul fail,the team will be tamim nayeem marshal sakib musfiq nasir riad gazi razzak robiul rubel

  • TheRisingTeam on October 2, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Excellent squad. Got to thank BCB for finally doing the right thing and instead of re-picking tried failures over and over again, they finished with them and now gone with exciting fresh youngsters for the long term future and talented players that perform consistently. This is a very young squad with only 1 player aged over 30 so the future bodes well for Bangladesh Cricket. Congratulations to young pacer Al-Amin who clearly deserve to be selected after his impressive performances with the ball in the last year or so and him along with Taskin are the future top pacers for Bangladesh Cricket. Good luck boys!!!

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 2, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Razzak has played extremely well in domestic league and has set many records recently. Gazi and Shakib will cause many problems for NewZealand no doubt (also Saqlain will definitely give some tips). Rubel should play in test since he likes playing vs New Zealand and Robiul is our premier pacer. Good no Jahrul/Nafees. Anamul might struggle since NZ have good bowlers that can swing it in subcontinent. I hope Marshall gets a chance since he has consistently batted well domestically and not being selected will hurt his confidence. Also Naeem deserves a chance since his patience and adaptability is excellent. Mahmadullah also inshallah will get his form back.So mominul (hasn't done anything brilliant) and razzak miss out.

  • abyrao on October 2, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Why so much talk on Mahmudullah. He just had a bad season. He is 3rd in all time ODI averages and 5th in all time test averages for Bangladesh and is a good bowler as well. Surely he will bounce back.

  • on October 2, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I think this is good selection. Marshall Ayub shoould be included in first test should be select Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah,, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haque, Marshall Ayub, Robiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain

  • siddhartha87 on October 2, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Good to see Naeem Islam back.Not sure why he was dropped earlier.

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    I think it is better if the selector named shamsur rahman @ left out naeem islam

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @ Tauhid_aks I also think the team selection is decent. I personally like Junaid but then again he has been give too many opportunities. I think he lacks common sense or can't utilize them in a cricket field and probably the worst batsman of short ball. Of course neither Junaid nor Shahriar has good technique. In a green pitch neither can survive form more 10 overs but what set Anamul apart from these two is his cool disposition and the elegant drives. I think Anamul is a league apart from these batsman, if properly groomed he could be one of the best batsman BD will ever produce.

  • tauhid_aks on October 2, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Decent team, good to see no Shahadat. But Junaid or Shahriar could have been a better opener than Anamul, since Anamul has issues with his technique and tends to play too much on the backfoot. Shamsur Rahman or Soumya Sarkar could have been picked, too. My XI: Tamim, Anamul, Marshall, Naeem, Shakib, Mushfiq, Nasir, Riyad, Robiul/Al-Amin, Rubel, Gazi

  • riajul12 on October 2, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Very good squad. Shakib should use as a batsmen only in the practice match.

  • on October 2, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Why Mominul Haque and Nazmul Hossain is left out?

  • SaroarIslam on October 2, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I think this team will play better cricket & will seal the victory againgst NZ. .roar up tigers. .show them our ability and power

  • on October 2, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Where only 2 specialist opener?????

  • on October 2, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    What about mashrafe? happy to see raz bhai back

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  • on October 2, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    What about mashrafe? happy to see raz bhai back

  • on October 2, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Where only 2 specialist opener?????

  • SaroarIslam on October 2, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I think this team will play better cricket & will seal the victory againgst NZ. .roar up tigers. .show them our ability and power

  • on October 2, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Why Mominul Haque and Nazmul Hossain is left out?

  • riajul12 on October 2, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Very good squad. Shakib should use as a batsmen only in the practice match.

  • tauhid_aks on October 2, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Decent team, good to see no Shahadat. But Junaid or Shahriar could have been a better opener than Anamul, since Anamul has issues with his technique and tends to play too much on the backfoot. Shamsur Rahman or Soumya Sarkar could have been picked, too. My XI: Tamim, Anamul, Marshall, Naeem, Shakib, Mushfiq, Nasir, Riyad, Robiul/Al-Amin, Rubel, Gazi

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @ Tauhid_aks I also think the team selection is decent. I personally like Junaid but then again he has been give too many opportunities. I think he lacks common sense or can't utilize them in a cricket field and probably the worst batsman of short ball. Of course neither Junaid nor Shahriar has good technique. In a green pitch neither can survive form more 10 overs but what set Anamul apart from these two is his cool disposition and the elegant drives. I think Anamul is a league apart from these batsman, if properly groomed he could be one of the best batsman BD will ever produce.

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    I think it is better if the selector named shamsur rahman @ left out naeem islam

  • siddhartha87 on October 2, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Good to see Naeem Islam back.Not sure why he was dropped earlier.

  • on October 2, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I think this is good selection. Marshall Ayub shoould be included in first test should be select Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah,, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haque, Marshall Ayub, Robiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain