Pakistan in Bangladesh 2011-12 December 7, 2011

Ashraful recalled for Pakistan Tests

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    great BD tamasha...ha ha ha

  • Tushar.bd 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.

  • STARFISH14 on December 8, 2011, 13:22 GMT

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

  • 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-tanbin 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.

  • 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.

  • Praxis 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    great BD tamasha...ha ha ha

  • Tushar.bd 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.

  • STARFISH14 on December 8, 2011, 13:22 GMT

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

  • 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-tanbin 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.

  • 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.

  • Praxis 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.

  • 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.

  • on December 8, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Why raqibul hassan not playing against pakistan, he is no 1 test batsman in bangladesh? (says BD board officials). and also good play agilest WI.

  • CricketFan365 on December 8, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Ashraful is in the team because of the bad form of the recent top order batsmen. The selectors did not find other alternative. Well, he has the talent and sometimes he does fire.. Let's hope he does well this time. One important thing I'd like to mention. In TEST cricket 100 is not enough. You to go for double 100, triple 100. But how can they do it? They hardly score a double hundred in National Cricket League. If they don't have the temperament to play long innings in NCL, then how do we expect them to play long innings in TEST Cricket? How many of the BD batmen have double hundred? Why they are not getting it? BCB should think about it..

  • muski on December 8, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    A backward step for Bangla Cricket. A man once hailed as the next best thing to have happened to Bangladesh Cricket has not done justice to him or to his country. His batting averages in both ODI and Tests hover over what is a very good " bowling" average ( in the early twenties). 50 tests and 170 ODI is more than a handful for a guy to prove his talent. They should have dumped him and looked at fresher talent. Even if they fail so what- this guy has been failing for ages and you have nothing to lose.

  • on December 8, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    @Janitha Uragoda Alok has been given ample chances to prove himself but he failed. The ODI series against Pak is an example of that. His domestic cricket performance has not also been up to the mark. But I must say the selectors have been rather erratic. If Nazimuddin was doing well in the domestic cricket, the selectors should have sent him to WI for the A team's tour before plugging him in the national squad for Test.

  • anver777 on December 8, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Surprise ! surprise !!!! yet another recall for Ashraful !!!!!

  • Ahsan_Shere on December 8, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    to people who compare Ashraful to Shuvagata Hom: Ashraful scored more than 6000 runs in domestic circuit while Shuvagata scored less than a thousand, maintaining a 50 run average in 12 F/C matches is not a very huge achievement, although recognizable. 29 run average scoring 6000 runs is not as hopeless as some suppose it to be. Compare Ashraful to a guy who has atleast scored 4000 runs!

  • on December 8, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Can bangladesh stay on pitch for a whole day? in front of ajmal hafeez n gul??? i think its an important issue tha bangladeshis should ponder over.. bangladesh is not likely to play test cricket.. they dont hav enough potential to bat on, on test matches.. i think ireland kenya are going to seem more strong candidates for test cricket rather than bangladesh. agree???

  • on December 8, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    AS A SRI LANKAN ITS HARD TO SAY THE BEST COMBINATION FOR BD BUT I THINK IMRUL KAYES ANDJUNAID SIDDIKI WERE STILL WORTH GIVING A CHANCE. SHAKIB IS IN A SIMILAR STATE AS ANGELO MATHEWS. GIVEN RESPONSIBILITIES TOO EARLY...

  • Faisalh009 on December 8, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    :)...............I love pakistani team ...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nafzak on December 8, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Bangladesh is an arrogant team. They talk big but never can back it up. The players are overrated and they are not a Test team. They are a decent first class team but lack the skills and temperament to play 5 day Test Matches.

  • Faisalh009 on December 8, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Faisal:) I think these players will be playing in 1st test....... Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul.

  • on December 8, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    its good to have someone like tamim and ashraful in your side.,,.,.bangladeh look strong on paper but the problem comes on the outfield performance.,.and thats why zimbawe are better than bangladeh,.,..their lads are trying very very hard

  • AYWAN on December 8, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Ashraful who plays well for comeback. But after comming back ????? He have to make it sure that he is perofrming well for national team not only for comming back in national team.

  • ather_aziz on December 8, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Ashraful is a disgrace to bangladesh cricekt he should be out of the side atleast a year before hes allowed back in give me a break !!!!

  • on December 8, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Pakistan Team is still not up to the mark as far as selection is concern i think when you talk about merit players like Imran Farhat,Shoaib Malik,Soail Tanvir wont get a chance to play........

  • on December 8, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    I agree to u hira, but the thing that annoys me the most is the disappointment in the eyes of the crowd.... they love cricket and all they get is tears, no wonder their crowd deserves a victory but only their batters.....................................?

  • on December 8, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Not again. When they will try something really new? Bangla gets a lot of because BCB can't make right calls. The talent is there, but you can't win with it alone.

  • hasib9 on December 8, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    Hahahaa... this is really funny... Nazimuddin & Ashraful for test? and Kayes for T20? BCB is hilarious!!

  • hoodbu on December 8, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Shuvagata Hom has a first class average of 50+, yet has never been picked for a Bangladesh Test. Ashraful has a first class average of less than 29. Guess how many times he has been picked.

  • Dashgar on December 8, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    Tamim, Nafees, Mahmudullah, Nazimuddin, Shakib, Ashraful, Rahim, Nasir, Sunny, Shafiul, Rubel. They need some steel in their batting order. I like the inclusion of Nazimuddin, Ashraful is not a bad selection either at test level, as he was pretty good in Zimbabwe and benefits from having time to build his innings. His days as a one day player are over however. Their bowling is good enough at home and they have some brilliant bowling allrounders, they just need to make sure they get enough runs.

  • on December 8, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    I won't be surprised if Pakistan win both matches by an innings.

  • Rezaul on December 8, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    My XI for 1st Test would be: 1.Tamim, 2.Nazimuddin. 3.Nafees, 4.Shakib, 5.Ashraful, 6.Nasir, 7.Mushfiq, 8.Mahmudullah, 9.Elias Sunny, 10.Rubel, 11.Robiul. When there are two front line spinners in Shakib, Elias plus two spinning allrounders Mahmudullah, Nasir then no need for another spinner. So better option is strengthen the batting and get an extra batsman. Robiul brings more energy in the team in stead of tired Shahadat. However, either of them would be similar choice.

  • on December 7, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    Some things goes un Noticed... I would say ALOK kapali... is a gud player and a real investment... bangla board must have given him a chance instead ashraful.. though im a Sri Lankan, I knw who are the better players for bangladesh than their selectors..

  • IAS2009 on December 7, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    when will ashraful talent will convert into performance, it has been a long while, bd talent pool is so bad they go back to ashraful whe they can not find better than him, there is no one else, ashraful can not make a first class team in any country. it will be helpful for BD to forfeit their test status, ICC can not do it. they canot beat even beat county teams or other ICC tier 2 teams.

  • AMUSMANI on December 7, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    @hira i agree wid. BD doesnt deserve to play international cricket

  • Lord_Dravid on December 7, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    im an indian fan but id rather stare at a blank wall than watch this series..bangladesh needs to be removed from test status forthwith and MAYBE ireland be given a chance hmmm..who wouldnt agree with me?

  • cricket_fan_1980 on December 7, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Ashraful is quite overhyped. He's had far too many chances to deliver but almost always lets the team down. He was great about 5 or 6 years ago, young, energetic and talented. I think now he's just talented but with none of the qualities that makes a good, international player. He has hardly any self-discipline or mental strength, he's too impulsive, without that level of talent to back him up like Sehwag or Shane Watson, he's aging fast by the look of things and losing that sharpness he once possessed. I think its time Bengladesh find an alternative. The tests are appearing to be a very daunting challenge for them, but I really hope they put up a fight. I think they still have it in them.

  • on December 7, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    most stupid decision..I am fed up of this guy...too flashy...does not have temperament required at international level..Bangladesh please move on

  • josh2david on December 7, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Asraful has been given plenty of chances to prove his worth, unfortunately he has no potential as a senior batsman and he has been around for very long time.I don't his inclusion make any difference in terms of Ban performance

  • SaintsFan on December 7, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    @USAPakCricFollower not so fast!! First PK batsmen have to prove themselves that they are capable of surviving on these turning tracks, the bowling of Abdur Razzak and Shaqib ul Hassan. Hopefully they'll do fine. :)

  • SaintsFan on December 7, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    @AnotherCricketer not so fast. :) Pakistan has to prove that they can survive the left arm spin of Shaqeeb-ul Hassan & Abdur Razzaq. Which hopefully they will. Long live TeamPakistan.

  • bdsmaruf on December 7, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    remember one thing bd has whitewash nz without tamim.so no player is important without his performance for the team.i think bd's players don't know what does situation demand in the field. misbah is really one of the most briliant captains for pak.

  • miltonabdh on December 7, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    For 1st test, Bangladesh XI should be: 1. Tamim, 2. Nazimuddin, 3. Shakib, 4. Ashraful, 5. Nasir, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Mushfiq, 8. Suhrawadi Shuvo, 9. Elias Sunny, 10. Shafiul, 11. Rubel.

  • Tamkin786 on December 7, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    I agree with @Edd Oliver. Why don't BCB recall Rajin Saleh and Enamul Haque Jr. ?? Rajin Saleh have good record against Pakistan, and since Bangladesh pitches are spin pitch why don't they call Enamul haque who can turn the bowl more than Saeed Ajmal.

  • on December 7, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Somebody should look after Ashraful, he is such a talented cricketer; should not be wasted like this!

  • on December 7, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    I highly admire Ashraful's tenacity to stick to cricket and his mental fortitude to endure neglect and public displeasure. He has no problem with his bat or ball. But then what is the problem? The problem lies with him- the moment he steps on the field, he is haunted by the memories of the days when it was all claps and dancing around him. He then continues to be possessed by the past past glory forgetting the immediate battle in hand. If Ashraful could only overcome that psychological moment and jump on the surfing board of cricket, I am sure his real cricketing self will be boom boom again. Come on Ashraf.. remember every new day is preceded by a dark night. Forget failures, come back for us- just watch, you don't play for the gallery. Belal Beg

  • on December 7, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    i think this iz the useless series,,,icc must take serious decisions against this prezent BANGLADESH SIDE......its the worst team ever played for bangladesh...ireland truly deserves the test spot....this series vill provide nothing of entertainment,,it will juzz help the paki players to improve their current averagesin batting and bowling.....its the most boring series of 2011

  • on December 7, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    shuvagata hom should have been selected in place of ashraful..............ashraful has shown his worth(none) this year......................tamim is an overhyped batsman........the tigers whitewashed new zealand WITHOUT tamim last year!

  • on December 7, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    This is my question to the selectors why Shahadat Hossain is again?In last 8 innings he achieved only 4 wickets.He failed to perform in national cricket league as well as against West Indies team.His last 8 innings-0/41, 0/14,2/39, 0/25,0/76, 0/57,1/19, 0/21.(Cricinfo).

  • Masud20 on December 7, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Ash will perform this test series sure..... I am confident........

  • USAPakCricFollower on December 7, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how BD batting performs in tests. They will have to last a lot more than they did in the ODIs to avoid innings defeats. So far Pak is on target for a clean sweep in all formats, as predicted. Good luck to both teams, play your best!

  • AnotherCricketer on December 7, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    As Rameez Raja noted during the 3rd ODI commentary, Sohail Tanveer's time has run out. He is not in form and other more capable in-form players deserve an opportunity. Imran Farhat is a squatter as well. Ahmed Shehzad was performing well for the team and yet he was dropped after New Zealand series for no clear reason. I hope PCB is taking note of the situation.

  • delastbastion on December 7, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    I'm a WI fan. Despite his inconsistency Ashraful is BD best batsman bar none, so i say give him the run until someone comes along who has proven he's better, none of BD's A batsmen distinguished themselves on the recent tour of the WI, so why should any of them play ahead of Ash. The captain is bating too high, good player yes but not a frontline batsman, he should revert to 6 or 7 dont let a good score against the WI go to his head. Nasir should be promoted he has proven he has the talent and temperament against WI, on A tour and in recent pak ODi series.

  • on December 7, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Ash, you used to be one of the most talented cricketer and now look where you are. Please play some good knocks; not one because it's international cricket and Bangladesh team does not depend on you anymore. So if you wanna be in the team then show your talent. You are the one who can be as blazing as Afridi and as disappointing as him. But you are no where near Afridi now. So let's go Ash. Make us demanding your position in the team.

  • zubaircricinfo on December 7, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    this boy has got an average 23.02 playing 56 tests!! means apart from that initial hundred, nothing has been added in his name and for the country. why he's given a chance again...given so many chances, what has he done to be so remembered? we remember Tendulkar for his continuous effort with average of 50+ and remembering Ashraful for his only hundred ???? i think he came to Akram & Nannu grabbing their lag says...please continue putting me in 11...........shame shame new selection committee!

  • on December 7, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    BCB should make arrangements with PCB & BCCI to send a dozen or so players every year to play in domestic cricket tournaments in Pakistan and India. And by agreeing to such an arrangement this is the least that PCB & BCCI can do to improve the level of Cricket in BD. If BD players will only play against themselves, it will take a long time to develop the level of the game. For instance, Nasir Hossain has to be groomed in International conditions to develop big match temperament & confidence.

  • on December 7, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    pakistan may defeet to bangaladesh but not/never beat to india becoz india is having very strong batting line and all are masters .so if bangaldesh loose nothing is special. minhaj.ahmednagar.

  • stormy16 on December 7, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Ashraful really needs to delivery for all the chances and faith placed in him over the years. What I dont understand is he finds ways to get out it seems his whole career but after 50 test one would hope he will bat with some maturity.

  • on December 7, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Selectors & Bangla cricket supporters should give more faith in Ashraful ... Everyone knows the fact that Ashraful is the most talented batsman Bangladesh had ever produced ... Let him play his natural game ..

  • zaheerthetop on December 7, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Unfortunately Bangladesh do not have more choice they do not producing good batsman who can stay longer on creaze They suppose to make good batsman who should play in county cricket match like they should have more and more international exposure Ashraful always coning back and he is doing well any time he should take more responsiblity.I dont understand why Atharali retired so early he could play util 45 like Aussi player did. ashraful must score 50 and should support junior player on the pitch

  • CandidIndian on December 7, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Not only Ashraful but Bangladesh cricket team needs to take their game to next level now.With all those past victories in important matches like in Aus, against India and PaK in WC,none of the teams take them lightly now.When you are new , people may take you lightly and pay for it, but with big upsets,the complacency factor goes and then if you dont lift your game you are found out more often than not.That is the reason BD is struggling since World Cup.But now its time to catch up,and playing against top class bowling of Pakistan will be good experience,BD team should make most of it.

  • Ashraful999 on December 7, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    His domestic form permits his position. There is no alternative, therefore he MUST play. You cannot call people like Kapali and Raqibul cricketers.

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Pakistan is much better side with its variant bowling attack, has plenty of variations in spin bowling and good bunch of fast bowlers like umer gul, junaid , aizaz, wahab riaz and tanvir. All Pakistani team need is to make sure the bat full overs, and setup fighting target which bowlers can defend and seal the win eventually. My best wishes is with Pakistani Team. I love you Pakistan!

  • sumonmhr on December 7, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Ashraful is a kind of player who can give us hope and also break our hope when he is in the middle of the field......but one thing if he clicks then certainly it will boost up the whole team.....but selector should remember he should get chances in only test squad not in shorter version becoz of his poor performances....

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    the guy has played 56 tests and still averages 23!!! why he's given a chance again... anybody but him.. what has he done to be given so many chances...

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    This is a great decision that Mohammad Ashraful has been included in test squad against Pakistan at last..........thanks to BCB selectors. Let's see how he would perform in the matches. Best of luck to him. We are waiting for looking his talent, if he can!!

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Decent selection, good to see Nazimuddin get a go at test level after being one of the most consistent performers at domestic level for years (5,000+ fc runs at 39). Speaking of which why has Rajin Saleh not played a test in 3 years? He had a decent record by Bangladeshi standards (1141 runs at 25.93) and was one of their few batsmen who could occupy the crease for long periods, an ideal number 3, and has knocks of 132 and an 80 this season for Sylhet. Shuvaguta Hom and Junaid Siddique deserve recalls in the long-run but were in poor touch in the A side tour to West Indies.

    Similarly Enamul Haque junior seems to have been hard done by in not playing a test or ODI in over 2 years, he may be yet another left-arm spinner but he has nice flight and loop and deserves a recall after a stack of wickets for Sylhet this season. Finally what's the latest on Mashrafe Mortaza's fitness?

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    The picture of Ashraful along with the news/article itself saying more than the comments. Anyway he is SACHIN TENDULKAR of Bangladesh Cricket. You all have to agree on this and previous record which he hold in terms of being a Bangladeshi player. Hope against hope he will perform and even if he not perform there is no other option for Bangladesh to select him again after another series since they hardly give chance to new comers in place of dying horse. Grow up BD...its high time get in the new players, show confidence on them and they will give you the results.

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    I think Ash will perform very well in this series. Coz, he is very good against spin, he made 4/5 centuries aagainst Srilanka.

  • ROLAYH on December 7, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Oh no, not again...the great Ashraful is back to score a series of single digit scores...

  • theswami on December 7, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Ashraful could do well with 2 years of county cricket ...time to hone his skills. There are many players with talent, yet poor records who have come back with a bang after a season or 2 of county cricket.

  • k.h.faruk on December 7, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    My request to everyone: plz. not to insist Ashraful to perform. Just let him play on his own standard. We, Everyone knows he is a class, we should support him then we will get feedback from him. The selectors shouldn't take decision against the player like Ashraful, Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiq without right thinking. Dear selector, Plz. don't say them this is your last match or this is your do or die match, if you perform you will click otherwise........... out . I think this is the mental pressure for them. Plz. let them play without pressure.

  • Ahsan_Shere on December 7, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    What about Abdur Razzak? Will he play or not, if he don't than results will not bring any good news for Bangla!

  • anki10688 on December 7, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    how can Mushfiqur Rahim can be the captain what are it's capabilities.. it's better to appoint shakib again....

  • bharath74 on December 7, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    BD crowd is the most passionate crowd supporting their team despite losing since their arrival to cricket. Lack of technically sound batsman is the reason for their loses. 95% of BD players r picked off the street who have T20 mindset, i think u need to invest in players from young age by coaching them in cricket academies. U cant expect miracles from T20 players may be 1 in 100 matches they will shine but never consistent, Which has been the story of BD so far.

  • likeintcricket on December 7, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Some of the Indians were dreaming an upset win by Bangladesh and than they have something to cheer about. If they see Pakistan performance since the England series it is really consistent than ever. In the Test matches Pakistan is very hard to dismiss unless Bangladesh prepare absolutely a black or under prepared pitch. On the other hand Indian have just started a slide and the worst is on the way when they clash against a confident Australia. It'll be really fun to watch a series b/w India and Pakistan at a neutral venue( maybe in Australia) and than we can decide who is better.

  • Muhammad-Ali-Nagari-Gilgit on December 7, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Well,i think inclusion of Ashraful is a bit of surprise for me.its because of his inconsistency in international arena.Although he performed well in domestic level but the thing which matters at the end of the day is how well u perform against top rank teams.

  • BDHUNTER on December 7, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    with ref. to posting of palla.avinash i liked to add that it's a fact that no bd batsman will feel comfort to face pak spinner saeed ajmal,hafeez and shoiab malik but in brife bd batsman doesn't know how to play hafeez, i think he is enough for them....hope to see ash.ful back in side

  • on December 7, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    @Mohammed Arshad Nur the way you mentioned seem like he scored those runs in 5 innings only but the truth is he played 10 first class innings and few limited over innings at that time and did not get past 12 in the other innings. even in this period his average is below 30. And his run is less than his Dhaka metro teammate Asif and many other players in the National league. So if someone has to be replaced because of the failure of the players of National player we could take those players who scored more than Ashraful in the National league, trust me there are many. Ashraful is lucky not to play against Pakistan so far, if pitch remains the same he will showcase that in the test series.

  • on December 7, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    however, no effect with the inclusion of ashrafull, pakistan inshallah win the series 2-0.. may GOD bless pakistan so that they would have crushed england in the upcoming series

  • on December 7, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    ASHRAFUL is an asset for BANGLADESH TEAM so we must hope that ASHRAFUL must perform we had no doubt about his high class & aggressive batting for BANGLADESH TEAM ALL THE BEST to MOHAMMED ASHRAFUL plz plz plz must show some temperament & let us score some good score with ur continuous good performance on batting thanks to our CRICKET BOARD & also special thanks to COACH

  • on December 7, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    I don't think inclusion of Ashraful will make any impact to change the performance of BD team. Because BD batsman are lack of capabilities and temperament to play match. Moreover, Ashraful had many many chances earlier but he failed to utilize those and this time it won't be exception too.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 7, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Bangladesh, get a pakistani coach. It will do your cricket a hell of good. Get Moin Khan for a two year stunt.

  • on December 7, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    guys Ashraful is the second leading run scorer for bangladesh. Must be picked surely

  • Dawud on December 7, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    @ palla.avinash - face facts, Ajmal is a top quality off spin bowler and Hafeez is good in the one day format - sounds like sour grapes. their actions have been tested and cleared so get over it.

  • on December 7, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    I dont think it will workout...Ashraful will play a 50+ inngs in the 1st test then he will get out of a nothing ball and again same will show in the 2nd inngs when we need him badly. so the ultimate result is ZERO....i think we can try Rajin Saleh although he is not performing but we need some one who can stayed at the crease...now days we want this type of batsmen who can stay long and play hour by hour.

  • t2_t24 on December 7, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    nobody noticed Dhiman Ghosh scored second highest score this NCL before this game..He got Hundred in current match also.. He will be the highest run scorer..He has very good batting technique.He should be given chance for the test match as a keeper. Mushfique should play as a batsman..

  • WeeBee on December 7, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    I have a Question, Do you think Inclusion of Ashraful will improve things? After T20, BD Captain said we missed Tamim , But he did not perform.

    See , Bangladesh is a good team but only a good team, You might win matches in your own country because of those rare slow and spin favoured tracks. But you need to understand you wont be finding such pitches outside. Not everyone is allrounder, 2-3 Allrounders are fine but 8 players bowl and bat, WEIRD. So, there should preparation of balanced team , with fast bowlers, medium pacers, seamer, spin ballers, and offcourse BD weakest area BATTING.

    I dont think there would be much difference in performance in test series , still good luck

  • Joffa12 on December 7, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Good positive moves by the board, Ash looked good last test series he played, deserves the chance, plus the right/left hand opening combo is a bonus

  • imranhad on December 7, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    I belongs to Pakistan, I like M Ashraful very much, he very talented only need some consistency. Any way Pakistan will win test series as well.

  • on December 7, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    frist both side change there captain. i thinks the two captains of both side are not good.shakib and shahid afridi are best for captaincy.and ashraful good but bangladesh already give him lot of chances.now the time of to chance some youngsters.

  • on December 7, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Good to see ash is back .... i m one of the few supporters who always back AShraful....

  • on December 7, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    THE NEWS IS GREAT FOE Ashraful recalled for Pakistan Tests

  • on December 7, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    How is Ashraful in the squad and why isnt Hom in the tests??? Hom is a quality batsman much better then ashrafail

  • on December 7, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    why ash back, becoz he played national games 5 match, he made 116 + 71+ 86+59+, thats wy he selected, got it my friend... he challenge bd couch he wil make runs, and he wil pose them to select, thats wy he is back in team, now u all tell me, wht bd teams did in odi vs pak,

  • palla.avinash on December 7, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    bangladesh will not win because no batsmen is good enough to play saeed ajmal,hafeez and shoiab malik with their great bowling action which cannot be monitored during the match,any way ashraful all the best.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on December 7, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    I don't think this is a wise decision, this is why the Bangladesh cricket struggling over the years. They can add some new blood in the team instead of Ashraful, all we knows he lacks the consistency, so I don't think his inclusion will make any positive impact on overall Bangladesh performance.

  • miltonabdh on December 7, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Thank you, BCB President for allowing the selectors to pick Ashraful for the test series against Pakistan. In our culture, often personal ego holds sway over cricketing reasons. Hence many thought Ashraful had marred the chance of a recall by pointing a finger towards board president after his exlcusion during WI series. You have proved them wrong by your non-intervention and mature role. With all his stories of occasional success and recurrent failures, Ashraful now needs to prove that he actually deserves to stay. We, Ashraful fans, are running out of steam to support him blindly only for his talent and occasional match-winning knocks. Dear Ashraful, do some justice to our expectation from you. You've got the talent. So why can't you be a 70% Tendulkar for Bangladesh?

  • k.h.faruk on December 7, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    This is the great opportunity for Ashraful to perform. He should proves that he is one of the greatest class player in Bangladesh. Hope for the best, Ashraful

  • on December 7, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    so they dropped one of the most technically adept and promising Bangladeshi batters in a long time, Shuvagata Hom, after just 4 ODIs cause he wasn't consistent enough, and they recalled Ashraful. Magnificent logic

  • Praxis on December 7, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Bangladeshi batting has been so pathetic in this series that even Ashraful's inclusion somehow makes sense. Go tigers! You can't do any worse than you are doing now.(or can you?)

  • me.nuralam on December 7, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    All the best wishes for Ashraful once again. Even though the wishes never works for Ashraful. I think he is the player who got the chances for most of the time and got the opportunities in the Bangladesh team for retain his place and to show his talent, but he couldn't ever succeeded to give respect on those decisions. Lets see what he can do now.... ALL THE BEST ASHRAFUL!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 7, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Good inclusion. Bangladesh really need to have some batsmen who can occupy the crease. They should ban players playing shots from the wide deliveries and also no players should be allowed to play the sweep shots. Most of the time they give away their wickets because of this. I think coach should properly educate players to play responsibly, most of the players seems very ignorant because they are not learning from their mistakes. Good luck my Bangladesh!!

  • on December 7, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Ashraful and Tamim Iqbal are immensely talented, but probably lack in temperament required for consistency at international level. These two are hugely unjustifying the talent bestowed to them by the god. Tamim would be better if he does not think of matching Sehwag's aggression or Tendulkar's calculation, better he should remain in himself with required adjustments without trying to copy others. Ashraful needs to develop his patience and should learn after so many years that 20s or 30s may work some good in T20 crickets only. He should eye for lengthy stays at the wicket rather than satisfying himself with 20s or 30s and then throwing his wicket away.

  • on December 7, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Superb Selection for Test Match against Pakistan.

  • Rezwan1492 on December 7, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    No matter whom BCB includes and excludes, if the players doesn't take the responsibility of batting sensibly then Pakistan will win each tests before within 3 days.. Our recent performances reflects over confidence of our players, if you really think you are a star and you have taken yourself to a next level, then you have to prove it.. and keep practicing for it...

  • on December 7, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Why..why would they bring him back again..why..no seriously why..how many times would I have to ask..WHY? The amount of opportunity he got, why can't we show the same leniency to any of our other batsman!!!

  • Meety on December 7, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Nooooooooooooooo! Not Ashraful again! The only thing that he has going for him - is that unlike the rest of the squad, he has been playing FC matches in the domestic comp. Sometimes I reckon the National team is just set up to fail so Ashraful gets re-selected. Why did none of the key test players play in November??????

  • on December 7, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    What a joke!!! It's only possible by Bangladeshi selector!!! What he did to get back in 11??? Or why he was out of 11???

  • Sachit1979 on December 7, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    I can bend on my knees and salute Bangladesh selectors. There height of patience with Ashraful is much larger than great wall of China. I am feeling sorry for Imrul Kayes also, I think he should not worry about his form at all and just wait for next team's selection. He would surely be in. Instead a message should be conveyed to promising youngsters like Sohag Gazi, Kazi Kamrul Islam and others that they should give up Cricket and join textile industry in Bangladesh for a better future as Bangladesh selectors have already made their choices for upcoming 10 years and they would stick with that.

  • ataur_sunny on December 7, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    M.Ashraful please tell yr parents for special pray . u also pray for yr delighted career to Almighty Allah. be sincere and always pray and want 4giveness to Allah. May Allah bless u . Insya Allah U will be Success.

  • on December 7, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Pity good selection But BD team must improve in batting to surprise Pak, Azmal is tough to handle specially in Tests. Go Tigers

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  • on December 7, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Pity good selection But BD team must improve in batting to surprise Pak, Azmal is tough to handle specially in Tests. Go Tigers

  • ataur_sunny on December 7, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    M.Ashraful please tell yr parents for special pray . u also pray for yr delighted career to Almighty Allah. be sincere and always pray and want 4giveness to Allah. May Allah bless u . Insya Allah U will be Success.

  • Sachit1979 on December 7, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    I can bend on my knees and salute Bangladesh selectors. There height of patience with Ashraful is much larger than great wall of China. I am feeling sorry for Imrul Kayes also, I think he should not worry about his form at all and just wait for next team's selection. He would surely be in. Instead a message should be conveyed to promising youngsters like Sohag Gazi, Kazi Kamrul Islam and others that they should give up Cricket and join textile industry in Bangladesh for a better future as Bangladesh selectors have already made their choices for upcoming 10 years and they would stick with that.

  • on December 7, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    What a joke!!! It's only possible by Bangladeshi selector!!! What he did to get back in 11??? Or why he was out of 11???

  • Meety on December 7, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Nooooooooooooooo! Not Ashraful again! The only thing that he has going for him - is that unlike the rest of the squad, he has been playing FC matches in the domestic comp. Sometimes I reckon the National team is just set up to fail so Ashraful gets re-selected. Why did none of the key test players play in November??????

  • on December 7, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Why..why would they bring him back again..why..no seriously why..how many times would I have to ask..WHY? The amount of opportunity he got, why can't we show the same leniency to any of our other batsman!!!

  • Rezwan1492 on December 7, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    No matter whom BCB includes and excludes, if the players doesn't take the responsibility of batting sensibly then Pakistan will win each tests before within 3 days.. Our recent performances reflects over confidence of our players, if you really think you are a star and you have taken yourself to a next level, then you have to prove it.. and keep practicing for it...

  • on December 7, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Superb Selection for Test Match against Pakistan.

  • on December 7, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Ashraful and Tamim Iqbal are immensely talented, but probably lack in temperament required for consistency at international level. These two are hugely unjustifying the talent bestowed to them by the god. Tamim would be better if he does not think of matching Sehwag's aggression or Tendulkar's calculation, better he should remain in himself with required adjustments without trying to copy others. Ashraful needs to develop his patience and should learn after so many years that 20s or 30s may work some good in T20 crickets only. He should eye for lengthy stays at the wicket rather than satisfying himself with 20s or 30s and then throwing his wicket away.

  • on December 7, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Good inclusion. Bangladesh really need to have some batsmen who can occupy the crease. They should ban players playing shots from the wide deliveries and also no players should be allowed to play the sweep shots. Most of the time they give away their wickets because of this. I think coach should properly educate players to play responsibly, most of the players seems very ignorant because they are not learning from their mistakes. Good luck my Bangladesh!!