Pakistan in Bangladesh 2011-12 December 7, 2011

Ashraful recalled for Pakistan Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Ashraful has been recalled to the Bangladesh squad for the two Tests against Pakistan starting later this week. Ashraful, who did not play the ODIs against Pakistan, is one of four changes to the Test squad that played West Indies in October and November.

The vice-captain Mahmudullah, medium-pacer Robiul Islam and batsman Nazimuddin were the other inclusions in the 15-man group, in place of opener Imrul Kayes and middle-order batsmen Raqibul Hasan and Shuvagata Hom.

Ashraful had been out of the Bangladesh squad since being dropped for the Tests against West Indies, after which the coach Stuart Law had said that he needed to perform to play international cricket. Since then he played five National Cricket League matches for Dhaka Metropolis and scored three half-centuries and one hundred.

Mahmudullah's return to the squad was more straightforward. He had missed the West Indies Tests because of dengue fever and recovered in time to play the ODIs against Pakistan.

Law had said that Robiul had missed out on the Tests against West Indies because Bangladesh were unlikely to play three medium-pacers. The squad for that series comprised 14 players, while the one against Pakistan has 15. Robiul strengthened his case by taking 11 wickets on Bangladesh A's tour of West Indies and took 4 for 39 for Sylhet Divison in their ongoing National Cricket League match against Dhaka Division.

Nazimuddin had not played for Bangladesh since 2008 and he was not part of the recent A team's tour of West Indies either. However, he has scored four half-centuries and a hundred in six NCL matches this season.

Kayes was axed after a string of poor performances. He made only 53 runs in three ODIs and 61 runs in two Tests against West Indies. He then scored 28 and 3 in an NCL match for Khulna Division, after which he was out for 2 and 6 in the Twenty20 and an ODI against Pakistan.

Shuvagata Hom was dropped even though he did not play a Test against West Indies and is yet to debut. Raqibul was cut after a poor A tour of the Caribbean, where he made only 91 runs in eight innings across formats.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah (vc), Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Elias Sunny, Shahadat Hossain, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Robiul Islam, Nazimuddin.

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  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    READ MY LIPS.... "ASHRAFUL IS NOT IN FORM ". What a waste of a top order slot. AGAIN, Read my lips.... "HE IS NO TOP ORDER BATSMAN". Please someone tell this to the selectors. Forget his past accomplishments. He is NOT PERFORMING, Period. He has given up learning from his past mistakes LONG LONG time ago and he's in no mood to change his ways either. If players like Nasir were given as many chances as he's had, Bangladesh would be sitting on a much better shape now. Axe him. Bring in fresh new blood.....and for God's sake, let Nasir, who's number 1 in form player in the squad play up the order in place of Ashraful.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    All these changes did not pay any suitable result. All batsmen are failure. Batsmen has to take more responsibility. Shame to Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiq, Ashraful & others.

  • Manesh on December 9, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    great BD tamasha...ha ha ha

  • Md on December 8, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    I think 2morrow will be our team....Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah (vc), Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain,Elias Sunny,Robiul Islam.

  • Mirza on December 8, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    hope that atleast now ashraful will do justice to his talent..

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    md.ashraful must learn to stay on wicket like indian batsman,i will say all BD batsman dosent have technic thay should learn it from indian batsmans.

  • hasan on December 8, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Congrats Ash.Ashraful should be more careful and dedicated to his carrier and batting for our beautiful country Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Only need 3 days to complete the test match, then Pak can do some shopping. Current Bangladesh team looks like they forgot how to bat. 15 years ago bd team was lot better than this. They look really awful, pathetic, irresponsible or a team of circus.

  • Rizwan on December 8, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    @nafzak, 'decent first class' team? You do know that a first class match goes for 4 days, right? Bangladesh rarely gets it beyond the 3rd day in a test match.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Bangladesh has mainly suffered due to the insensible decisions made by BCB. The main problem started when they took over jamie siddons from his duty and shakib from captaincy....Mushfik is not capable of being bangladeshi captain...though he is a good batsmen...And TAMim Iqbal should be strictly made aware that he is not yet the best batsmen of the world, he should perform rather than taking rubbish against good bowlers.

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