Pakistan in Bangladesh 2011-12

Ashraful axed, Reza given recall

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November 25, 2011

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Farhad Reza celebrates after dismissing Nasir Jamshed, Pakistan v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Lahore, April 8, 2008
Farhad Reza last played for Bangladesh in 2008 © AFP
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Mohammad Ashraful has been dropped from Bangladesh's squad for the limited-overs leg of their upcoming home series against Pakistan. Allrounder Farhad Reza, who has not played for Bangladesh since 2008, has been recalled to the squad. Shuvagata Hom and Suhrawadi Shuvo also do not find places in the XV, while Elias Sunny, who took seven wickets on Test debut, has been included . Vice-captain Mahmudullah, who missed the ODI series against West Indies due to illness, returns to the squad.

Ashraful had been left out of the squad for the two home Tests against West Indies and now finds himself out of the one-day setup as well. He has been given several opportunities over the last year despite his poor form but his ODI statistics are woeful: his last ODI half-century was in January 2010, and since then he has averaged 10.11 in 18 one-day innings with a highest score of 31. Ashraful recently scored a first-class century - his first in more than a year - but it was not enough to earn him a place in the squad.

Reza is one of the players who joined the ICL in 2008 and was subsequently banned by the BCB for ten years. That ban was lifted when he, along with several other Bangladesh players, severed ties with the rebel league in 2009. He is a part of the Bangladesh A squad that is currently in the West Indies and took three wickets with his medium-pace in the second unofficial Test against West Indies A.

Hom and Shuvo are also part of the Bangladesh A squad in the West Indies. Hom has struggled for runs but Shuvo took 16 wickets over the two four-day games. However, Sunny and Razzak, who was dropped for the Tests against West Indies but has taken 25 wickets in three first-class games since, have been preferred over him for the left-arm spin department.

Bangladesh will play a one-off Twenty20 against Pakistan on November 29 followed by three ODIs.

Mushfiqur Rahim will lead the squad, which has five top-order batsmen including himself, five allrounders, two specialist spinners and three fast bowlers. Shafiul Islam returns to lead the pace department after missing the Tests against West Indies with a foot injury. Alok Kapali and Imrul Kayes have been persisted with despite their poor returns against West Indies.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Mahmudullah (vice-capt.), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Alok Kopali, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Abdur Razzak, Nazmul Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Elias Sunny, Farhad Reza, Shahriar Nafees (for ODI series only)

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Posted by k.h.faruk on (November 28, 2011, 11:10 GMT)

Ashraful is a real class player. He needs to perform. If he can, this will be the very good news for Bangladesh. Talent is always avoidable if anybody fail to perform. Hope for the best, Ashraful................

Posted by k.h.faruk on (November 28, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

I think Bangladesh will perform better against Pakistan In T/20 & ODI. But Shuvagoto Home was a very good choice for Bangladesh. We will going to miss to watch a class player's performance

Posted by Afridipak on (November 28, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

saeed ajmal and the other spinners of pak Will be really tought to handle for the bangladeshis

Posted by   on (November 28, 2011, 9:41 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal,Shahriar Nafees, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Alok Kopali, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Farhad Reza, Abdur Razzak, Nazmul Hossain, Shafiul Islam..i wish to see tomorrow bangladesh will play they are 1st match only T20 with this player...:)

Posted by birdz_eye on (November 28, 2011, 8:51 GMT)

Good to see enthusiasm of BD supporters for their home series, however being Pakistan cricket follower I guess the only real chance for BD against Pakistan is at 1st T20, since they are coming after their home series finished just few days ago. Pakistan is on a roll & they are hungry for victories lads know what happened in past can not be undone but they can win back their fan just by wining most of their future matches. So best of Luck BD for putting some fight & looking forward for a dominating series win for Pakistan.

Posted by EddyEhmed on (November 28, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

Where is Zunaid Siddiqui in BD team.. I saw him in a match once against PK and he was looking a good prospect!!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 28, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

The person going to suicide will not check the Minnows will be minnows hope in the team.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

@hasib9 DISAGREE ... get rid of Nazmul or Rubel and use Farhad as the pace bowler,

Team for ODI : 1. Tamim 2. Kayes 3. Nafees 4. Mushfiq 5. Sakib 6. Mahmudullah 7. Nasir 8. Shuvo 9. Farhad 10. Razzak 11. Rubel or Nazmul

pace bowlers are ineffective for our team. The spinners do the choking. Might as well have an economical medium pacer who can score runs !

Posted by   on (November 27, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

aftab ahmed should be thr 2 he is a gd player

Posted by   on (November 27, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

1st t-20 bangladesh team:1.Tamim, 2.nafees, 3.reza, 4.Mushfiq, 5.Sakib, 6.Mahmudullah, 7.naeem 8.nasir, 9.Razzak, 10. shafiull, 11. Rubel

1st ODI of bangladesh team:1.Tamim, 2.Kayes, 3.Nafees, 4.Mushfiq, 5.Sakib, 6.Mahmudullah, 7.naeem 8.nasir, 9.Razzak, 10. shafiull, 11. Rubel

i like mushfiq captainsi,he is futur geart captain.

Posted by MAHMUD786 on (November 27, 2011, 10:50 GMT)

The best ODI team against PAKISTAN are as follow 1.TAMIM 2.KAYES 3.NAYEEM 4.SHAKIB 5.RAHIM 6.MAHMUDULLAH 7.NASIR 8. SHAFIUL 9.RAZZAK 10.RUBEL 11.SUNNY. FOR T20 there should be one change i.e KAPALI can In instead of Naeem.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2011, 4:35 GMT)

PAK will whitewash BANGLADASH...............................................

Posted by hasib9 on (November 27, 2011, 3:33 GMT)

Team For ODI: 1.Tamim, 2.Kayes, 3.Nafees, 4.Mushfiq, 5.Saquib, 6.Mahmudullah, 7.Nasir, 8.Farhad (prefer Shuvo), 9.Razzak, 10. Nazmul, 11. Rubel

Posted by   on (November 27, 2011, 2:07 GMT)

Please do not write Bang or Ban as short form or abbreviation of Bangladesh . Rather write BD for Bangladesh like NZ for New Zeland.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

@Tim40621...the last time I saw Sarkar hosting a live TV show during the 2011 world cup.

Posted by Praxis on (November 26, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

@Tim40621, I'm amazed that you remember him. I haven't heard anything about him for the past 2 or 3 years.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

Team For ODI: 1.Tamim, 2.Kayes, 3.Mushfiq, 4.Saquib, 5.Mahmudullah, 6.Kapali 7. Nasir, 8.Farhad, 9. Razzak, 10. Safiul, 11. Rubel

Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 14:12 GMT)

@Curious_George: Oh No.....Imrul Kayes again? He is like Ash Jr.


Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

AFTAB AHMED can be here. we miss aftab. he is such a good performar as an allrounder.

Posted by Tim40621 on (November 26, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

does anyone from bangladesh know whatever happened to Hannan Sarker? he seemed a good opener a few years ago, Kayes clearly cant do the job

Posted by Rezwan1492 on (November 26, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

@Tariq Islam ~ Mashrafe is still not fit. According to him, it will take a month or two to be 100% fit and he will visit Australia again for confirmation with the Doctors. Good team for Bangladesh. Alok Kapali won't be coming out with something so no expectations, the rest are fine. Keep your head cool, and play your best cricket that's all I will wish for in this Series. Will be there at the stadium In Shaa Allah, in the ODIs. Couldn't purchase T20I tickets yet.

Posted by rakibul-narail-bd on (November 26, 2011, 5:47 GMT)

i think the new rule of two balls from two sides by icc created a extra chance for a pace allrounder. and in the context of bd ,forhed reza is no. 1 to occupy this chance. now its his duty to do his job.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 3:35 GMT)

i like the current squad for pak.. series.. however having so much changes in squad series to series might pause the momentum of individual players...... hope to see the stick to squad and let them develop overtime....

Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 2:56 GMT)

I am in Pakistan but i also love and biggest fan of BD cricket team. I wish to see back near future Aftab Ahmed He is stylish Player and Mortaza.Other wise team balanced but bd rely on sppiner that is not good to future of BD.

Posted by hasib9 on (November 26, 2011, 2:15 GMT)

Please don't talk about Ashraful. He is not an important player. He is neither Tendulkar nor Brian Lara. We have better things to talk about than a player who only managed 23 batting average in over a decade of cricket.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 0:58 GMT)

Mushrafe and Shahdat make BD strong side

Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 0:49 GMT)

Excellent move ! Since none of our pace bowlers are doing anything might as well give Reza a shot who can also do some batting and restrict the total with our spinners.

Posted by SomeoneStoleMyLungi on (November 25, 2011, 21:38 GMT)

Team for t20 - Tamim, Kayes, Naeem, Mushiq, Shakib, Mahmadullah, Nasir, Sunny, Razzak, Shafiul, Rubel

Team for ODI - Tamim, Kayes, Shahriar, Mushfiq, Shakib, Mamadullah, Nasir, Sunny, Razzak, Shafiul, Rubel

Team for Test - Tamim, Shahriar, Mushfiq, Shakib, Mahmadullah, Nasir, Reza, Sunny, Shafiul, Nazmul, Rubel

Im happy abt the BCB uncovering new talent in Nasir Hossain who i think can make a recovery if Bangladesh have a collapse. Im also happy that BCB uncovered Elias Sunny who will be helpful in mainly test matches because he flights the ball more than Shakib. It is good to see Mahmadullah back.

I think we have a good team apart from the test team. I dont want Mushfiq to go at no. 3 because he plays a more of a middle order role. I also would want Nafees Iqbal back in the team and for him to go opening with Tamim. Kayes is poor in tests because he doesnt have the correct temperament. Bangladesh desperately need a solid no. 3 batsmen and good pace/swing bowlers.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (November 25, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

Oh No.....Imrul Kayes again? He is like Ash Jr. I don't know, what's wrong the selectors. They should find some new opener from deomestic league. Nafees Iqbal is doing good and he has some good experience too.

Posted by Aumio77 on (November 25, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

ASH should be in the team rather than Farhad Reza. at least ASH should be in the T20 squad. very much dissapoint with the selectors...

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 17:41 GMT)

All people said about ashraful........ that's ok. he did not perform. But what about Imrul kayes. Is he a better player than ashraful or alok kapali and his form is like a no 11 batsman of BD.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (November 25, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

Looks like pretty balanced squad except fragile pace bowling attack. Shafiul had not been impressive at all in recent past. Rubel and Nazmul also don't have anything remarkable to count in last few matches for BD. With such site, youngsters like Kazi Kamrul Islam or Kamrul Islam Rabbi should have got opportunity. In batting side, Imrul Kayes form had been worry for Bangladesh. They could have rested him for some time and tried Anamul Haque or somebody else who is in good touch in ongoing domestic tournament.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

MASHRAFEE is okay now but why he is not in the squad?????????

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

i'm not getting how Imrul kayes still have a place in team? he is performing very poor. Nafees is better than him, he should have been included in test squad. & farhad Reza, i haven't seen yet to do anything more than average either as a batsman or as a bowler.

Posted by Sarfin on (November 25, 2011, 16:43 GMT)

Nice selection. But cannot understand the inclusion of Farhad Reza. In his last 3 List A matches, he's got 3 wickets and failed to score a half century. I think he'll find it hard to retain his position once Mashrafi is back.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

Where the heck is Nasir Hossain!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 15:50 GMT)


Posted by getsetgopk on (November 25, 2011, 15:43 GMT)

Im from Pakistan but my sincere wishes for Bangladeshi brothers to give Pakistan a hard time on this tour and hope they learn from guys like Ajmal, Gul, Afridi, Akmal and Hafeez and become a more stronger and competitive team in world cricket. Good Luck BD!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

it's a balanced team......

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

Scotland, Holland and Kenya are much better side then BD. ICC should review there performance since they are facing difficulties in even selecting eleven players. Is there a technical difficulty to bring scotland in as one of the test playing nation.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

Can't expect to win with needs specialist batsman to bat at 5,6 and 7.Not some one who can bowl and bat.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

i think its a good choice to leave ashraful out.... but to be fair he should be given another chance atleast in the ODIs and not the tests....... but i expect atleast a t20 win for the bangla tigers.........

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

How many times do they axe him? Hope this is end of road for him. He does not merit selection anymore.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

Ashraful will be back...he is like an old penny :)

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

nasir is in the squad@dhakawarriorz Fprhad Reza is not good choise,Imrul should have been given a rest. Shuvagoto Home should have been included in the squad.Elius Sunny doesn't seem very good for T20,ONE DAY

Posted by sumonmhr on (November 25, 2011, 13:18 GMT)

Really BD team badly need allrouder like Farhad Reza who can be a match winner in late order batsman....but Shahriar Nafees should be in 20-20 math instead of Imrul kayes who had a very poor perfomance in previous T20 matches.........

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (November 25, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

Wonderful team selection ---- very balanced. Can't expect too much from Tigers given Pakistan is very strong opposition based on their recent performance. However, since this is a funny game of cricket -- hope to see some good fights from BD Tigers.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

What about Mashrafe?? he was in the training camp!

Posted by bdsmaruf on (November 25, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

imrul kayes should be off. we are not understanding why he is in squad.let him play in NL and perform to get his is our national team , nobody have right to set his own wish.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

We have only 4 specialized batsmen in the whole team ! :P I like it anyway. Its good to see Kapali getting another chance, after all he has been through. Even better to see Reza getting a call back. If nothing at all, its good to see the different changes brought about by the new selectors.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

This is a very good team. All the players have performed before against good oppositions. Unfortunately none of them are consistent. If the players click all together then in terms of team formation this is going to be one of the strongest BD team in recent times. Of course in-form Mashrafe will be missed!!!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 11:05 GMT)

good looking squad but pakastanis are in good form these days, lets hope for a better competition by tigers this time.

Posted by dhakaWarriorzzz on (November 25, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

I dont understand why Nasir is not in the squad?? He was better option than Farhad Reza for ODI and T-twenty.

Posted by DarindaUK on (November 25, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

I'm really looking forward to this series. I just hope that BD do put up a decent fight and play a copetetive game. I don't expect them to win, buit there's no harm in trying. Only thing is that they don't play silly cricket. Anyone know the result of BD Women's result against Ireland?

Posted by Fareen on (November 25, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

Farhad Reza ? again ? oh no. I would have preferred Aftab Ahmed as he's scoring runs again for Chittagong. Aftab can bowl 5-6 overs in ODI's and can bat in the lower order. Farhad reza bowls slower than a spinner, trust me. though dropping shuvo was a good decision. And why is nafees only for ODI series ? Kayes for sure will get the axe in the who will open ?

Posted by OutCast on (November 25, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

HEhe... Ashraful is carried around like a luggage bag- the guy is a liability to the team.. he can't even score double figures... which means Bangladesh has no more batsmen to substitute Ashraful...

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

Yes, it is a wise decision to drop Mohammad Asraful. He got enough opportunity but failed to explore him. We don't need talent; we need performer. BD need good pace bowler. The management of BCB should think about it and put effort to find out some potential pacer!!!!!!

Posted by Tim40621 on (November 25, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

Ashraful must hold the record for the most recalls and drops in international cricket

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

Ashraful could do the Opening with Tamim Iqbal... Imrul Kayes had enough opportunities but he did not cherished. Give Ashraful THE License to throw his BAT at everything at least at T20s...

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

Good decision, but Shuvagata could have got a chance in the odi series.

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