Bangladesh news February 5, 2014

Mushfiqur Rahim to miss Twenty20s


Bangladesh will be without their captain Mushfiqur Rahim in the two-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka starting on February 12. Rahim suffered a small fracture on his left little finger, and although he will bat in the Chittagong Test, the decision was taken to rest him as they head into a prolonged season.

"We have decided not to consider him for the T20s after advice from the physio," chief selector Faruque Ahmed said. "We don't want to take any risk in the long run because we have plenty of cricket coming up. But if you ask me whether or not he will bat tomorrow, I would say that we will try through an injection or any other arrangement to give him a temporary relief and make him bat. But we believe that if he gets the rest it will help to ensure his service for the two big events in the future."

Mithun Ali is his replacement as the wicketkeeper but a captain has not yet been named. Mithun had been in Bangladesh's World T20 squad in 2009, making this his second inclusion in the senior team. Sabbir Rahman and Arafat Sunny have earned their first call-ups, while Shakib Al Hasan and Farhad Reza have also returned to the side.

Last year, Farhad took 15 wickets at an average of 35.26 but his batting form has been quite poor, averaging just 12.36 in 20 matches. However, his one-day and first-class form has been quite good in the 2013-14 season, and that has kept him in the squad in place of Ziaur Rahman who hasn't done well in T20s recently.

Sabbir has had an impressive 2013, averaging 41.76 in 25 matches, hitting six half-ceturies at a strike-rate of 133.70. He had been earmarked for a long time as a shorter version specialist and this seems to be the best time to blood him in the Bangladesh team.

Mithun has scored 346 runs in 16 T20 matches and is now considered the next wicketkeeper of the rank. Left-arm spinner Sunny was picked ahead of Enamul Haque jnr who had taken 26 wickets, the highest among spinners last year.

Faruque however said that both Sabbir and Sunny are considered for their good showings in the recent past. "We have given new players chances in this squad, such as Sabbir Rahman and Arafat Sunny, thinking of the upcoming World T20s," he said. "Both have proved their ability in the domestic level. Now we want to see how good they are in the international level."

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak is out due to a left hamstring injury while Naeem Islam, Soumya Sarkar and Ziaur Rahman have also been ignored.

Squad: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mithun Ali, Mominul Hoque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Shabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Arafat Sunny, Farhad Reza, Masrafe Bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain

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

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  • Abu on February 10, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    BD ELEVEN: Anamul, tamim, shamsur, mominul/mithun, shakib, sabbir, nasir, shohag, mahmudullah/sunny, mashrafee,/ al amin/ rubel/farhad.

    Bd should go with 7 pure batsman, because they loose wickets fast, we saw what happened with newzealand in 2013. Yeah monimul is not a good hitter of sixes, infect its mushi's place and why mithun ? when we have anamul. His performance is home isn't so great too. Plus anamul and mominul are the experienced ones. Mahmudullh because he bowls in this pitch and he can take help from his batting. Bowling i wouldn't suggest more than 2 pacers because our spinners have always done better in bowling, plus that way we loose a batsman, and batting plays more importance in t20. Even the best bowling can be taken apart in a t20 match. Its more a batman's game.

    If we choose a team like this, we get 7 batsman and yet 5 bowlers who can ball 5 full overs and 3 to 4 part time bowlers with around 2 bowling all rounders.

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Miss You Mushi.....................................GREAT PLAYER OUR CRICKET TEAM ...

  • Musfiqur Rahman on February 9, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    My XI For First T20 is :- 1.Tamim, 2. Anamul (wk), 3. Shakib, 4. Sabbir, 5.Nasir,6.Mahmudullah,7.Fahard Reza,8.Gazi,9. Masrafe (c) ,10. Arafat Sunny, 11. Rubel

    Anamul instead of shamsur because he had a very good t20 tournament last December and he was the highest runners of the tournament. He is a good wicketkeeper Batsman for t20 and odi. Shamsur don't performance in t20 is not so good. Sabbir instead of mominul and Sabbir also have good t20 tournament Last December and mominul is good for test but not good for t20 and odi. Farhad Reza could be a good all round with bat and medium pacr he could use as 3rd seamer. Sunny is instead of Razzak due to his injury. Rubel instead of Al-amin.

  • Amir on February 9, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    My Playing 11 would be: Tamim, Shamsur, Shabbir, Mominul, Shakib, Nasir, Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe, Al-Amin and Sunny. If the pitch favours fast bowlers, we can replace Reza with Sunny. If Mithun does well in shorter formats, we can use Mushy as a specialist batsman. Our short version team is definitely more competitive than Test team. We need at least two batsmen who can play long innings without losing their head to support Mominul, Nasir and Mushy. Tamim and Shakib are hot heads who consistently throw away their wickets at crucial times. Go Tigers!

  • KH. RAFIQUE on February 8, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    My best 11 would be-Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mithun Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Shabbir Rahman,Farhad Reza,Mahmudullah, Masrafe Bin Mortaza, Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin Hossain....Sorry but this time Tamim must need a break for sure...

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    In my view, best BD XI for Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka T20 Series:

    1.Masrafe Bin Mortaza, (C) 2.Tamim Iqbal (VC) 3.Anamul Haque, 4.Shamsur Rahman, 5.Mithun Ali, 6.Mominul Hoque, 7.Shakib Al Hasan, 8.Nasir Hossain, 9.Mahmudullah, 10.Sohag Gazi, 11.Rubel Hossain,

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    All I want in the team is Nazmul Hossain the pacer! Great swing and follow-through! Perfect pacer! Better than this Rubel and Robiul

  • Mizan on February 8, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    we miss mushfiqur rahim because u r a good captain

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    My 11 with mashrafee as the captain and Nasir as the VC: Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, sabbir, Shakib, Nasir, Zia, Mithun ALi, Gazi, Mashrafee, Al-amin. Bowlers: Shakib, Gazi, Zia, Mashrafee, Al-amin. 3 pacers and 2 spinners. Part timers: Sabbir, Nasir.

    Up to mashrafee all of them can hit the ball good. Please BCB no mominul, Mahmudulah, and rubel as they are really weak at t20s. Mominul and Mahmudullah do not move their arms freely thus they are not suitable for t20s. Rubel is tooooooo expensive.

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    When pitches are difficult or under prepare then the chances of winning for weak teams increase specially if it is a test match. Recent Zimbabwe win against Pakistan showed that, How their ex cricketers and think tank help them to win that match, As we have very short tradition of test cricket so we should appoint some test cricket pundit for greater test match result. We have enough good spinners to take wickets in spinning track but problem lies with our batsman patience that's why we become defensive and just prepare flat low pitch. If we want to grow a test nation both at home and future away series then we should prepare difficult pitches in domestic circuits if it is a lower scoring match. that's how our batsman become more mature and be selective about their choice of shots in particular situations. before each series we should make a positive attitude and strategy against opponent teams and analyze their weakness and how to exploit that.Winning a test match is not that easy

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