Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 February 2, 2014

Sabbir, Muktar likely for Sri Lanka T20s


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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  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2014, 15:49 GMT


  • Dummy4 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

  • abdur 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • ESPN 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

  • ESPN on February 3, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Without mahmudullah they cannot win even one single match

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Nasser Anzum 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 ??

  • Md. Sohel 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.........

  • Dummy4 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 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...

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