Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 February 2, 2014

Sabbir, Muktar likely for Sri Lanka T20s

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Batsman Sabbir Rahman and pace bowler Muktar Ali are likely to earn maiden call-ups to the Bangladesh Twenty20 squad, for the two-match series against Sri Lanka from February 12. These will be Bangladesh's last matches before the World Twenty20, so the selectors will be trying out players whom they consider possible selections for the March event.

Apart from the two new faces, Tamim Iqbal is expected to return to the side, while the rest of the line-up will be reordered. Shamsur Rahman will remain at the top with Tamim, but captain Mushfiqur Rahim or Shakib Al Hasan are set to come up the batting line-up. Sabbir could follow the experience duo, if the management decides to replace Naeem Islam from the last Twenty20 line-up against New Zealand.

Ziaur Rahman will likely be retained in the side for his role as a big-hitter and medium pace bowler.

Sabbir had a prolific last year in this format, having scored six half-centuries. His part-time leg-spin and athletic fielding could also be important factors when his name comes up for discussion among the national selectors. He first caught the eye when he hit a match-winning 33 off 18 against Afghanistan in the Asian Games final in 2010. He did well in domestic Twenty20 tournaments thereafter, playing for Duronto Rajshahi and Barisal Burners in the two BPL seasons. His ability to read a situation in T20 has been marked out as one of his strengths. But Sabbir's strike rate still has to improve; that has often been a major problem for Bangladesh batsmen in T20s.

Among the bowlers, only Shakib had figures worth mentioning in T20 internationals last year, so the selectors have to look elsewhere. Among the pace bowlers on the domestic circuit, Muktar's lively action, variation and the fact that coach Shane Jurgensen has been quite impressed by the young pace bowler puts him in contention for a place.

Mashrafe Mortaza is also likely to return, while Al-Amin Hossain's ability to hold his own in T20s would most likely keep him in the starting line-up in the first game.

Abdur Razzak will be persisted with on the spin front. In 2013, Enamul Haque jr was the top domestic T20 wicket-taker with 26 wickets. He should be among the spinners looked into, alongside Elias Sunny.

The squad is likely to be named on February 3.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Tamim,shamsur,anamul,shakib,mominul,riad,nasir,gazi,mukter,mash,rubel

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    y t20 team : Tamim, Samsur,anamul, Sakib, Nasir, Sabbir,arafat, Shohag Gazi, reza, Muktar Ali, Al-Amin. for t20 sri-lanka

  • POSTED BY Refat on | February 5, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Nurul Hasan and Taijul Islam supposed be selected by BCB.They have outstanding perform now a days.So they should be selected.and Tamim Iqbal though he is a good player but he is out of form.So he should dropped at this moment.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    "Mithun Ali" should get call for T20.. If you check Domestic T20 Record Mithun Ali is one of the Best batsman in T20 format.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 3, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    I think naeem islam should get a chance as a opener in t20 against srilanka bcuz he did well in bpl for chittagong kings as a opener

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 3, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Without mahmudullah they cannot win even one single match

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Ziaur Rahman should be persisted with, he is very good in T20s. Tamim has not really adjusted with the T20 format, but BD needs his experience in the top of the order. Mominul is very good test/odi player, but he can be replaced by Anamul or bowling allrounders in T20s for some more firepower in the batting/bowling lineup.

  • POSTED BY Samudro2106 on | February 3, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    In recent years, our bowling was the main issue.. The problem is star bowlers like Mash,Raz,Gazi have not done anything great in T20s as they are very expensive. But you can't drop them,so they should concentrate on varieties and restricting runs. I really want the guy Sabbir to be in 1st XI. My 15 man squad would be Tamim,Shamsur,Shakib,Mushy,Nasir,Sabbir,Mahmudullah,,Razzak,Gazi,Rubel,Mashrafe,Al-Amin,Muktar,Ziaur and I can't decide on who to pick, Anamul or Mominul ??

  • POSTED BY Rana38 on | February 3, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    My t20 team : Tamim, Samsur, Mominul, Musfiqur, Sakib, Nasir, Sabbir, Ziaur, Shohag Gazi, Masrafi/Muktar Ali, Al-Amin.Good Bd cricket teams and fans.........

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    masrafi should not be in the t20 squad.....alamin,farhad reza and muktar ali will lead the pace attack as selectors dont like nazmul hossain who is really capable of checking runs in t20.arafat sani should be in squad in stead of razzak.so the team will be tamim,shamsur,anamul,sabbir,sakib,musfiq,nasir,farhad reza,gazi,arafat sani,al amin.....subs: riad,muktar,nazmul/raZZAK...WHO ALL ARE AGREED WITH ME...

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Tamim,shamsur,anamul,shakib,mominul,riad,nasir,gazi,mukter,mash,rubel

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    y t20 team : Tamim, Samsur,anamul, Sakib, Nasir, Sabbir,arafat, Shohag Gazi, reza, Muktar Ali, Al-Amin. for t20 sri-lanka

  • POSTED BY Refat on | February 5, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Nurul Hasan and Taijul Islam supposed be selected by BCB.They have outstanding perform now a days.So they should be selected.and Tamim Iqbal though he is a good player but he is out of form.So he should dropped at this moment.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    "Mithun Ali" should get call for T20.. If you check Domestic T20 Record Mithun Ali is one of the Best batsman in T20 format.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 3, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    I think naeem islam should get a chance as a opener in t20 against srilanka bcuz he did well in bpl for chittagong kings as a opener

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 3, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Without mahmudullah they cannot win even one single match

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Ziaur Rahman should be persisted with, he is very good in T20s. Tamim has not really adjusted with the T20 format, but BD needs his experience in the top of the order. Mominul is very good test/odi player, but he can be replaced by Anamul or bowling allrounders in T20s for some more firepower in the batting/bowling lineup.

  • POSTED BY Samudro2106 on | February 3, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    In recent years, our bowling was the main issue.. The problem is star bowlers like Mash,Raz,Gazi have not done anything great in T20s as they are very expensive. But you can't drop them,so they should concentrate on varieties and restricting runs. I really want the guy Sabbir to be in 1st XI. My 15 man squad would be Tamim,Shamsur,Shakib,Mushy,Nasir,Sabbir,Mahmudullah,,Razzak,Gazi,Rubel,Mashrafe,Al-Amin,Muktar,Ziaur and I can't decide on who to pick, Anamul or Mominul ??

  • POSTED BY Rana38 on | February 3, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    My t20 team : Tamim, Samsur, Mominul, Musfiqur, Sakib, Nasir, Sabbir, Ziaur, Shohag Gazi, Masrafi/Muktar Ali, Al-Amin.Good Bd cricket teams and fans.........

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    masrafi should not be in the t20 squad.....alamin,farhad reza and muktar ali will lead the pace attack as selectors dont like nazmul hossain who is really capable of checking runs in t20.arafat sani should be in squad in stead of razzak.so the team will be tamim,shamsur,anamul,sabbir,sakib,musfiq,nasir,farhad reza,gazi,arafat sani,al amin.....subs: riad,muktar,nazmul/raZZAK...WHO ALL ARE AGREED WITH ME...

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Shamsur is the best option for opening in T20. Anamul will suite t20 mostly, he should be at no 3. Al amin is in form so he should be Mashrafee's partner. Sabbir should replace Mahmudullah. Razzak & Gazi are automatic choice to stop runs flow. Tamim, Shakib, Mushi, Nasir have cemented their places. So the best 11 should be as follows 1. Tamim 2. Shamsur 3. Anamul 4. Shakib 5. Mushi 6. Nasir 7. Sabbir 8. Gazi 9. Mashrafee 10. Razzak 11. Al-Amin

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | February 3, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    No Masrafe please in t20, he is very expensive. Al-Amin can really accelerate the runrate , he definitely should be in t20 .

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    they should try Taijul Islam (in place of Razzak)and Farhad reza (in place of Ziaur Rahman). both bowled quite impressively in last few T20s.

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    1. Tamim 2. Shamsur 3.Shakib 4. Mushfiq 5. Nasir 6. Sabbir 7. Mahaddulla 8. Ziaur 9. Gazi 10.Mukter Ali 11. Mashrafe

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Tamim, Shamsur, Sabbir, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Zia, Muktar ali, Gazi, Mash, al-amin.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Tamim , sakib , Mahmudullah , musfiq , nasir are the real big six hitter for Bangladesh in T20 . they should be the real performer on Bangladesh side , Bangladesh team expect so much from them alone

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    1) tamim 2)shamsur 3) mominul 4) sakib5) musfiq 6)nasir 7)mahaddulla 8) ziaur 9) gazi 10)al-amin 11) msshrafe

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Tamim,Shamsur,Anamul,Shak,Mush,Nasir,Sabbir,Zia,Gazi,Alamin,Razzak/Mahmadullah for t20s.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Good team I think @monir but unless Mash improves his t20 bowling, Razzak should come in place of him because either way none of our pacers are good in t20 and tests for that matter

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 2, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Sujith Lasan, one bad match in 28 months and haters like you appear. us the passionate fans have seen dark days and good days. Now we are seeing the golden days. One bad match.is common. CTG TEST is the comeback match

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 2, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Tamim,Shakib,Naeem, Gazi,Riyadh,Mushfiq,Razzak,Nazmul, Mashrafe, Nasir, Shamsur, Anamul,Mominul, Sabbir,AlAmin

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | February 2, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    lol Mortaza still for T20s. He's always expensive because he's too predictable. I can see us losing to Afghanistan because of our poor pacers.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    It's doesn't matter what are the selection. Because all the players in BD do well only domestic. They can't perform in international Matches. BD going to loose next test as an inning. I feel sorry for Bd

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    1) tamim 2)shamsur 3) sakib 4) rohim 5) nasir 6)sabbir 7)mahaddulla 8) ziaur 9) gazi 10)al-amin 11) msshrafe

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  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    1) tamim 2)shamsur 3) sakib 4) rohim 5) nasir 6)sabbir 7)mahaddulla 8) ziaur 9) gazi 10)al-amin 11) msshrafe

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    It's doesn't matter what are the selection. Because all the players in BD do well only domestic. They can't perform in international Matches. BD going to loose next test as an inning. I feel sorry for Bd

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | February 2, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    lol Mortaza still for T20s. He's always expensive because he's too predictable. I can see us losing to Afghanistan because of our poor pacers.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 2, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Tamim,Shakib,Naeem, Gazi,Riyadh,Mushfiq,Razzak,Nazmul, Mashrafe, Nasir, Shamsur, Anamul,Mominul, Sabbir,AlAmin

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 2, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Sujith Lasan, one bad match in 28 months and haters like you appear. us the passionate fans have seen dark days and good days. Now we are seeing the golden days. One bad match.is common. CTG TEST is the comeback match

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Good team I think @monir but unless Mash improves his t20 bowling, Razzak should come in place of him because either way none of our pacers are good in t20 and tests for that matter

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Tamim,Shamsur,Anamul,Shak,Mush,Nasir,Sabbir,Zia,Gazi,Alamin,Razzak/Mahmadullah for t20s.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    1) tamim 2)shamsur 3) mominul 4) sakib5) musfiq 6)nasir 7)mahaddulla 8) ziaur 9) gazi 10)al-amin 11) msshrafe

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Tamim , sakib , Mahmudullah , musfiq , nasir are the real big six hitter for Bangladesh in T20 . they should be the real performer on Bangladesh side , Bangladesh team expect so much from them alone

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Tamim, Shamsur, Sabbir, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Zia, Muktar ali, Gazi, Mash, al-amin.