Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur December 15, 2011

Confusion over Ashraful's selection for Mirpur Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

There is some confusion surrounding Bangladesh's squad for the second Test against Pakistan, which begins on Saturday, over the status of Mohammad Ashraful. The coach Stuart Law has said Ashraful was part of the squad - and he was seen training with his team-mates - but the selection panel's list, which is yet to be approved by the BCB president as is mandatory, does not contain his name.

The confusion arose after the selection panel were reported to have picked a squad for the second Test excluding Ashraful and the injured Rubel Hossain, and giving Shafiul Islam a recall. The list is expected to be approved by BCB president Mustafa Kamal, who is due back in the country late on Thursday night. Ashraful, however, checked into the team hotel yesterday along with the other members of the squad and went through the pre-match procedures this morning and it seemed the team management were working on the assumption that he would be picked.

"As far as I know, he [Ashraful] is in the squad. That's why he's here in practice. We haven't been told anything different," Law said. "Maybe it is speculation and that sort of thing goes on in this part of the world.

"All I have done is prepared like a Test match. I have told everyone to be prepared for all outcomes come match day. That's the same in any team. We have turned up here today as a squad from the first Test. We have all practiced like we are playing a Test match. So that's not an issue."

Akram Khan, the chief selector, told reporters that the panel had finalised the team and handed it over to the BCB. "We submitted the team to the board today because we have only two days in hand for practice before the second Test match."

Ashraful had made a comeback to the squad for the first Test against Pakistan, after being dropped for Tests against West Indies and the ODIs against Pakistan. He managed only 1 and 0 in Chittagong.

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  • Richard on December 16, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Credit to Ashraful for hanging in there, but i've played with club cricket players in Auckland that would have had better test careers had they had the chance. He is absolutely incapable of scoring any runs. Bangladesh are building a good allround team, and have had good success in the last few years (including kicking the Black Caps to bits in the ODI series a couple of years back - hard to watch as a kiwi but full credit to the victors - Bangladesh deserved it totally). Ashraful does not belong in a team of this strengthening calibre. There will be no return to form, there was little to begin with. Shakib Al Hasan exemplifies the massive potential of such a passionate nation, he is the template the selectors must identify in the youth teams.

  • Michael on December 16, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Give up on Ashraful! The guy averages 17 from his last 39 innings, stretching back 4 years. He's had 2 scores over 50 in that time. It doesn't matter how 'talented' he is, as that talent hasn't been realised. His performances are a joke. Bangladesh needs to move on and give the opportunity to someone else. The batting will not progress while Ashraful is there.

  • Nick on December 15, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    I don't understand how he continues to be selected. If he were Australian, we would have given up on him by now, even though he is not yet 30. He must have some very good first class performances that demand his selection. Either that, or Bangladesh simply don't have enough good players to field a Test quality XI.

  • siliconv on December 15, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    There is a good possibility that Bangladesh will post a score of 350+ in one of the innings in the Dhaka test, esp. if they bat first. The key is that each of the batsmen # 1 through# 8 should be asked by Coach Stuart Law, and then the players commit to in writing that they will do their utmost to stay at the crease for the longer of the two (at least 25 overs or 1.5 hours) The focus is on occupying the crease, play good cricket shot,no slog-sweeps, no flashing outside off stump, straight bat by the book,and shun one-day type razzle-dazzle! Someone needs to talk to our players about such approach at least a dozen times a day to drill it into their subconscious. Cricket at the ICC test level demands very high place for consistent underperformers...the BD team should be on high laert to do every thing posible to not lose the ICC Test status, losing which will be a real downer for the entire nation that loves cricket so much!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    for a player who is so gifted, he has no brain at all. He should not play any form of cricket till he sorts his head out. Waste of a talent ! What a useless series this is anyway, bangladesh are going backwards and should play ireland and zimbabwe only at present. Who wants to watch this dribble ??? Just a series for pakistanis to boost there averages

  • Ashique on December 15, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    rahathminhaj, the quality of our batting is already so poor that I don't think players cannot "plan" intentional bad performance. If caught, we have 3 men serving jail time now. Respectfully asking, where is your proof to your claim? Let us all see it. If it is from speculative newspaper statements, sorry, not valid. We all know how much news we get about everything and how much of it is actually true. I think you should consider apologizing here if you cannot produce the proof. Accusation without proof is slander - you should know it already.

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    I am sri lankan I don't know why bcb playing with asharful he is the best bat they have u have give him time for him get in to game in and out will not be any good for him or to the team.

  • Hira on December 15, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    im an indian fan and enjoy watching all competitive games but godd what a boring article and what a boring series this is! its not like ashraful will make any difference ive said many times bangladesh needs to play foreign county cricket teams to have any chance of developing at international level..someone tell me hasnt this occured to the icc yet? *sigh*

  • Minhajul Abedin on December 15, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    the main problem in this bd players is, there is grouping in the team and politics and jealousness between the players they are PURPOSEFULLY performing bad I know many will agree with me

  • Sarwar on December 15, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    People in the board are working only to save their job not to look at the Bangladesh Cricket. They just keep their boss happy that's why selection panel is useless. You can see this practice everywhere in any organization in Bangladesh. Plenty of Directors are in BCB, if a single director took responsibility to create single player then two finest team would have been formed. Now you can imagine how many directors are in BCB. No one does their job properly, as a result players are not feeling their responsibility to be consistent. Neither board people nor the players are committed to raise their national Flag high. Nobody learn from their mistakes how to play test cricket and how to manage a test team. I am totally confident of the player's ability which need to apply in the match. Nervousness or audacity does not help in the cricket. However,, All the best.....

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