West Indies in Bangladesh 2011-12

Junaid dropped for West Indies ODIs

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September 30, 2011

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Alok Kapali steers the ball through the leg side, Bangladesh v India, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 28, 2008
Experienced batsman Alok Kapali returned to the Bangladesh squad © AFP
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Top-order batsman Junaid Siddique has been left out of Bangladesh's squad for the limited-overs leg of the home series against West Indies. Experienced batsman Alok Kapali and allrounder Naeem Islam return to the squad after being dropped for the series in Zimbabwe.

This will be Mushfiqur Rahim's first assignment as captain, following the sacking of Shakib Al Hasan earlier this month.

The other changes were the axeing of medium-pacer Robiul Islam and the inclusion of Dhaka's 25-year-old allrounder Elias Sunny, who impressed with his left-arm spin in the recent Bangladesh Board Cup. Fast bowler Shahadat Hossain is among the four players the selectors are considering for the one-day series, which begins on October 13.

Kapali had been sidelined for three years before returning for one ODI against Australia after the World Cup. He was dropped again, missing the tour of Zimbabwe, but this recall gives him a chance to add to his 66 one-day caps. Naeem was a regular in the side for a couple of years till the Asia Cup in 2010 after which he was in and out of the team. He last played for Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup.

Shahadat, 25, is one of the country's most experienced fast bowlers, having played 29 Tests and 46 ODIs, but last represented Bangladesh during the tour of England in 2010. He lost his spot to younger quicks like Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain.

Junaid, a regular in the side until the end of the 2011 World Cup, lost his place after failing to make a half-century in his previous eight one-day innings.

West Indies begin their tour on October 7 with the first of two warm-up matches, followed by one Twenty20, three one-dayers and two Tests.

Twenty20 squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Mahmudullah (vc), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Alok Kapali, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain.

Players in consideration for one-day squad: Suhrawadi Shuvo, Shahriar Nafees, Shuvagoto Hom, Shahadat Hossain.

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Posted by   on (October 3, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

Thank god! Finally Kapali returns. Ive been waiting for this moment but i still dont know how come ashraful is still in the team

Posted by Praxis on (October 3, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

I don't think Kayes has figured out his own game yet, he seems confused. In ODIs he's always using up deliveries & undoing all the quick starts Tamim usually gives. I used to think Kayes would be more suited for Tests, but his figures aren't good at all. Selectors should give Junaid more chances, he is more talented than Kayes. The selectors can do even better, drop Ashraful permanently & give both of these batsmen chance. @Meety, I don't think Kapali opening is a good idea, he's good against spinners, but not new ball.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2011, 8:03 GMT)

Just because Junaid can sometimes play long test innings using up a lot of deliveries doesn't make him just a test player. Junaid has two different types of game, he can be very very aggressive as well as very defensive. I've noticed that since his 100 of 290 odd balls against England, selectors and a lot of people like to regard him as only a test player. That was just a very good test innings but doesn't mean he only belongs to test cricket though. I'd definitely pick Junaid over Imrul for T20, Junaid has given us much better starts in T20 than Imrul and has a wider range of attacking shots. Imrul can be very slow at one end and put a lot of pressure on the batsman on the other end in T20.

Posted by Meety on (October 3, 2011, 1:06 GMT)

I like Junaid, but I don't think he is a short form player, he looks to me to be a Test player. I'm not a big fan of Kapali, but maybe he should open with Tamim? I think Naeem should be in all Banga limited overs sides as I think he is their best fielder, decent spinner, & can bat.

Posted by tauhid_aks on (October 2, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

Shuvagoto is a big hitter. Why is he in sidelines?????????????? BCB is out of their minds. Hope Sunny will do well.

Posted by Nur_Rony on (October 2, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

well team, now perform player

Posted by   on (October 2, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

Junaed definitely deserves to be in the T20 team. He should open with Tamim. In his debut T20 in the first world cup for T20, Junaed scored a 71 against a quality Pakistan bowling attack which took them to the finals to face India. Also in the T20 world cup held in England, he gave us hopes of beating India in Bd's opening match with a fast paced 40. Junaed is a way better opening T20 batsman than Imrul Kayes anyday. If we had Tamim and Junaed opening for us in T20, we would have an explosive opening partnership that would give us hopes of chasing down any target if we have a good start with those two batsman. In T20 with fielding restrictions lasting for only 6 overs, the combination of Junaed and Tamim can get us 50 runs easily in those 6 overs if not more. Junaed has a better average and strike rate in T20 than most others but even then he gets overlooked for the T20 side. In the T20 world cup in West Indies Junaed wasn't picked and Bd didn't have any good start with the openers

Posted by Rezwan1492 on (October 2, 2011, 4:32 GMT)

Bangladesh one day squad needs much consideration... I think the team should be like this.

1. Tamim 2. Imrul 3. Ashraful 4. Shakib Al Hasan 5. Alok Kapali 6. Mushfiqur 7. Mahmudullah 8. Suhrawrdi Shuvo 9. Rubel Hossain 10. Shahadat 11. Shafiul

Bangladesh needs 3 pacers, as they have 5 spinners in this team I provided. I believe this would be a very strong team. There can changes like Nafees for Imrul, Naeem/Nasir for Shuvo, Shuvagoto for Kapali. How do other people think of it?

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (October 2, 2011, 3:12 GMT)

My squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Mahmudullah (vc), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Alok Kapali, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Elias Sunny (12th man). No more Ashraful please.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (October 1, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

@all tiger fans ---- please don't expect anything but some poor cricket from our poorly selected cricket team. I know you'll not listen to me -- because you're as optimistic as I was before! This is the time to come back into reality --- "sack Bashar from selection panel, keep ASH out of the team" to get some improved performance. Otherwise I can imagine ......... sorry guys for telling the hard truth.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (October 1, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

I believe for test matches Sohag Gazi should be preferred over Naeem Islam, Nasir Hussain and Suhravadi Shuvo as he is more convincing spinner and had very good last year with bowl in domestic Cricket. Moreover he was very impressive against SA Academy team in BCB academy's South African tour. Another question would be, could Rajin Saleh and Raqibul Hasan make comeback in test side?

Posted by Baundele on (October 1, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

Fair selection. Hope, they perform to their abilities.

Posted by MASHURUL_RIAZ on (October 1, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

My Best 11 for T20:1.Tamim 2.Ash 3.Naeem 4.Alok 5.Mushfiq 6.Sakib 7.Mahmudullah 8.Nasir 9.Razzaq 10.Shafiul 11.Rubel

Posted by BanglaChild on (October 1, 2011, 6:17 GMT)

First Litmus Test for Mushfiqur Rahim; and an equally Litmus Test on how Shakib and Tamim cooperate and respond to the cause of the team. Great to see Alok Kapali back in the national side after yet another period in the wilderness. Ashraful? Again? Is this a joke or reality? It's not that every time ICC gives Bangladesh a Two Test Series to play. Hope Bangladesh takes this series seriously and blend as a Team. As for the West Indies? They were my first and last team till the last day Lara was playing. The Windies is Dead. Long Live the Windies. Expecting an enjoyable and competitive series.

Posted by Benzim on (October 1, 2011, 5:04 GMT)

Well job done by BCB but ...Shuvagoto Hom shd nt placed in the standby as he hs shown a potential in the last srs & he needs to carry on. good decision to picked Elias Sunny as a new commer . good decision to picked Alok & Nayeem .

but Ash & Razzak cd be dropped fr ODI as they both out of form.

all the best to the team .

Posted by Shahed_BD on (October 1, 2011, 3:52 GMT)

Why Ashraful again!!!??? How bad he have play to keep him out of the side? Nafees is much better than Ash. And my suggession to the players to try as your best... please don't give up. All the Best Wishes.

Posted by hasib9 on (October 1, 2011, 1:14 GMT)

Nafees and Kapali have a lot of T20 experience from ICL. I really don't understand the logic behind selecting Kayes for T20 and not Nafees. Someone please explain.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

:you should take nafees definitely....

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

my team would be: 1. Golla, 2. Tamim, 3. Sumon, 4. Bulbul, 5. Akram, 6. Nannu, 7. Sakib, 8. Sujon, 9. Pilot, 10. Rafiq, 11. Mashrafi. It means, Tamim, Imrul Nafees, Mushfiq, Alok, Sakib, Riyad, Sunny, Shafiul, Rubel, Nayeem.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

Shahadat Hossain popularly known as razib is definitely Bangladesh's best bowler after mashrafee. waiting to see him in action.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

Not a bad selection!!!!!!!!!!

Naeem should play at NO.3 instead of Ash. Razzak and Hom are only for T20 and ODIs, Elias Sunny is for Test replacing Razzak. Shahadat is country best Pacer for Test.

Bad luck for Nazmul. Only for 12th place is available for you in all matches.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 17:28 GMT)

ashraful again. i am about confused about criteria to be selected for bangladesh cricket team. why ashraful again? Akhram khan and habibul bashar please think for bangladesh not individual please........

Posted by woodhaven on (September 30, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

so many allrounders and all are spin allrounders--thats awsome. west indies will have tough time. hope shahadat and shuvo only play test matches and razzaq only T20 and ODI. perfect team

Posted by Sbl on (September 30, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

Good team. But in T20 I prefer Nafees instead of Imrul. Again, Shahadat is not very good at One day. Can't wait to see blasting Alok in T20. Waiting to see a new starting at T20. Our won last against WI and hoping we will start again.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

Very well just by him who said in comments, "not a bad team. now players need to perform". I agree with him fully. Need performance consistently. Not only Ashraful, except Tamim, Imrul, Sakib, Riad, Mushfiq, who has shown consistency...? Good opportunity for Alok, Like his case, I hope BCB would take seriously rehabilitation of Mashrafee & Aftab Ahmed. Aftab was very capable of big hitting. Best 11s with perfect batting order: 1. Tamim, 2. Imrul, 3. Mushfiq, 4. Riad, 5. Sakib, 6. Ashraful, 7. Alok, 8. Naeem, 9. Safiul, 10. Razzak, 11. Nazmul.

Posted by -Murad- on (September 30, 2011, 16:15 GMT)

Good decision to select Imrul for T20. He is our best T20 batsman.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 16:11 GMT)

shuvagoto should have in the t-20 squad in stead of ilias sani.because already RAZZAK is there.WE ALL KNOW that shuvagoto is a very attacking player and he can play lot of stocks

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 16:06 GMT)

many peoplewould like to see ashraful out of the team. but i disagree. this is the probable best team i have seen. and ashraful will be able to prove himself this series inshaallah as there is not any unseen axe on his shoulder. come on ash..show and prove ur tallent..plz. @mr. shameem rakibul is an average player like too many. in critical match condition he has nothing to do as batsman. actually he is not up to the mark in int. cricket.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (September 30, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

Ashraful's inclusion in T-20 squad is correct. In 2007 World T-20, he scored a brilliant 50 vs WI which was the Fastest t20 fifty then. That innings brought the only T20 win for BD in T-20 World Cup history. But he should b dropped 4m ODI & Test squads as his performance in longer version is poorer than recent BD top order batsmen.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 14:08 GMT)

Good Selection........best of luck bd tigers.......

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

Very good selection!.....I was looking forward to the inclution of Elias.......very good bowler!

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (September 30, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

Can Bangladesh leave their burden Ashraful out? Yesterday he was out for a second innings duck (bowled Shahadat)-- first innings he scored just 16 runs! Can't see Rakibul's name who scored a brilliant 72.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (September 30, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

7 regular and 2 part time spinners in 14 member squad, amazing! Windies really gonna have a tough test of spin in Bangladesh. But still no innovation apparent in Bangladesh's weakest department i.e batting. Strange to see Ashraful still persisting.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

not a bad team. now players need to perform.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

Ashraful shoud be dropped. Junaid still have something 2 prove even he played well in domestic 4 day match. He is such a quality batsman who can blaze anytime. But why Ashraful i cant realize. It is known 2 all that the selector Akram Khan n Habibul Bashar have soft n good relation with Ashraful n Shahriar Nafis thats y they r in the team instead of poor form. Cricket shoud be seperate from poletics

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