West Indies in Bangladesh 2011-12 October 18, 2011

Razzak dropped for West Indies Tests; Shafiul injured

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Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has been dropped from the Bangladesh Test squad for the two-match series against West Indies. Allrounder Mahmudullah, who missed the limited-overs leg of the home series with viral fever, was also left out, along with middle-order batsman Mohammad Ashraful. Seamer Shafiul Islam was ruled out due to a foot injury. Robiul Islam and Junaid Siddique were the other players to miss out from the Test squad that recently toured Zimbabwe.

Fast bowler Shahadat Hossain, who has been out of national consideration for more than a year, earned a recall, as did top-order batsman Raqibul Hasan whose last Test was in January 2010. Allrounder Elias Sunny forced his way into the set-up on the back of a strong show in the recent Bangladesh Board Cup, while Naeem Islam also found a place in the 14-member squad.

Bangladesh won the solitary Twenty20 that kicked off the tour, before West Indies took the ODI series 2-1. The first Test is from October 21 in Chittagong, while the second gets underway on October 29 in Mirpur.

Bangladesh squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Shuvagata Hom, Elias Sunny

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  • POSTED BY SomeoneStoleMyLungi on | October 21, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    Ash is definitely a test player NOT a odi player. Bangladesh are lacking a quality player who playing play like a genuine batsmen at number 3. Good to see Shahadat being included in the team.I dont understand why evryone doesnt like Naeem Islam. I feel like he has alot a potential and is in a learning stage like the rest of the Bangladeshi team is. He can bat in crucial times and is really handy with the well when u are trying to get a breakthrough. Rakibul play as the man who can recover a partnership. Kayes is disappointing in tests so i could consider someone else. My Bangladesh Test team: Tamim, Kayes/Nafees, Ashraful, Mushfiq, Rakibul, Shakib, Naeem, Nasir, Shahadat, Rubel, Nazmul.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I think the squad is very good....and probably the best....

    But if Enamul Jnr. was included, it can be better as the pitch of Chittagong is spin-friendly and we saw the West-Indians' struggle in last ODI....thus, Enamul's flight could be effective... and exclusion of Ashraful is the best decision. he has got enough chances but could not cemented his position. Good luck BD team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Funny about logic of wanting Kapali. He's a worse offender than Ashraful. Both deserved to be dropped. Razzak hasn't delivered in tests. So the squad is as best as we can really get. Likely starting Tamim, Imrul, Shahriyar Nafees, Mushfiq, Hom, Shakib, Naeem, Nasir, Sunny + 2 seamers. Doesn't really matter which 2 seamers. None of them have an irresistible case. Raqibul hasn't done enough to get a start. Hoping Junaed, Jahurul Islam and Robiul Islam come back to form. One young player I have plenty of hope in is Saqlain Sajib. Probably another year or two. Also hoping Shabbir or Noor Hoosain come of age. We need a leg spinner.

  • POSTED BY CricLook on | October 20, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Dropping Ashraful is the right decision. He should not be considered near future because he got most of the chances than any other cricketer in BD team. It was long overdue. Lets give Mr. Law to implement his cricket philosophy. Good Luck.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Test team should be based on specialist players. In that sense, leaving Razzak out doesn't justify his exclusion from the test side. If the pitch is not a spin friendly pitch only then it does make sense to keep him out. The biggest burden of responsibility lies on the shoulders of our top order batsmen. If they perform, then we got a game to enjoy. Let's see how it goes.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    my bestX1 is 1.tamim2.kayes3.rokibul4.mushfiq5.shahriar6.shakib7.nasir8.rubel9.shahadat10shuvagoto11.naeem.moreover naeem and shakib should bat down the order as they love to play slap shot very often.the sqad is pretty good but junaid siddique should have been included

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Really happy with the direction Stuart Law is showing so far, good signs for Bangladesh, Hom, Nasir and Shahadat great inclusions in the test side, lets just hope for a good series!

  • POSTED BY Fareen on | October 19, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Poor poor squad....Raqibul should never have been considered, let alone picked. Kapali should have been in the side as he's experienced. Also, dropping razzak is a good choice as he's not worth of a test spot but another specialist spinner was needed with shakib, may be they could have bring back Enamul Jr. Also, it's not the best idea to expose Shuvagata and Nasir into test cricket so early in their test career. I really don't know what the selectors where thinking. If Mushfiq tamim nafees and shakib don't perform, Bangladesh will be humiliated with this test team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    I am not a fan of Ash but he seemed to be most experienced text cricketer in the team and also did well as home and also last test match he player in Zimbabwe. Probably he scored half centuries in both the innings..... he should have been there u people mess up thing with ODI and T20s....

  • POSTED BY Rezwan1492 on | October 19, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Everything was fine, but Roqibul wasn't a good choice... People have to agree Ashraful is better than Roqibul. Nasir can be pushed a bit up the order because he is young and got terrific potential as well as he can be very defensive as seen in the 2nd ODI.

  • POSTED BY SomeoneStoleMyLungi on | October 21, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    Ash is definitely a test player NOT a odi player. Bangladesh are lacking a quality player who playing play like a genuine batsmen at number 3. Good to see Shahadat being included in the team.I dont understand why evryone doesnt like Naeem Islam. I feel like he has alot a potential and is in a learning stage like the rest of the Bangladeshi team is. He can bat in crucial times and is really handy with the well when u are trying to get a breakthrough. Rakibul play as the man who can recover a partnership. Kayes is disappointing in tests so i could consider someone else. My Bangladesh Test team: Tamim, Kayes/Nafees, Ashraful, Mushfiq, Rakibul, Shakib, Naeem, Nasir, Shahadat, Rubel, Nazmul.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I think the squad is very good....and probably the best....

    But if Enamul Jnr. was included, it can be better as the pitch of Chittagong is spin-friendly and we saw the West-Indians' struggle in last ODI....thus, Enamul's flight could be effective... and exclusion of Ashraful is the best decision. he has got enough chances but could not cemented his position. Good luck BD team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Funny about logic of wanting Kapali. He's a worse offender than Ashraful. Both deserved to be dropped. Razzak hasn't delivered in tests. So the squad is as best as we can really get. Likely starting Tamim, Imrul, Shahriyar Nafees, Mushfiq, Hom, Shakib, Naeem, Nasir, Sunny + 2 seamers. Doesn't really matter which 2 seamers. None of them have an irresistible case. Raqibul hasn't done enough to get a start. Hoping Junaed, Jahurul Islam and Robiul Islam come back to form. One young player I have plenty of hope in is Saqlain Sajib. Probably another year or two. Also hoping Shabbir or Noor Hoosain come of age. We need a leg spinner.

  • POSTED BY CricLook on | October 20, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Dropping Ashraful is the right decision. He should not be considered near future because he got most of the chances than any other cricketer in BD team. It was long overdue. Lets give Mr. Law to implement his cricket philosophy. Good Luck.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Test team should be based on specialist players. In that sense, leaving Razzak out doesn't justify his exclusion from the test side. If the pitch is not a spin friendly pitch only then it does make sense to keep him out. The biggest burden of responsibility lies on the shoulders of our top order batsmen. If they perform, then we got a game to enjoy. Let's see how it goes.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    my bestX1 is 1.tamim2.kayes3.rokibul4.mushfiq5.shahriar6.shakib7.nasir8.rubel9.shahadat10shuvagoto11.naeem.moreover naeem and shakib should bat down the order as they love to play slap shot very often.the sqad is pretty good but junaid siddique should have been included

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Really happy with the direction Stuart Law is showing so far, good signs for Bangladesh, Hom, Nasir and Shahadat great inclusions in the test side, lets just hope for a good series!

  • POSTED BY Fareen on | October 19, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Poor poor squad....Raqibul should never have been considered, let alone picked. Kapali should have been in the side as he's experienced. Also, dropping razzak is a good choice as he's not worth of a test spot but another specialist spinner was needed with shakib, may be they could have bring back Enamul Jr. Also, it's not the best idea to expose Shuvagata and Nasir into test cricket so early in their test career. I really don't know what the selectors where thinking. If Mushfiq tamim nafees and shakib don't perform, Bangladesh will be humiliated with this test team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    I am not a fan of Ash but he seemed to be most experienced text cricketer in the team and also did well as home and also last test match he player in Zimbabwe. Probably he scored half centuries in both the innings..... he should have been there u people mess up thing with ODI and T20s....

  • POSTED BY Rezwan1492 on | October 19, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Everything was fine, but Roqibul wasn't a good choice... People have to agree Ashraful is better than Roqibul. Nasir can be pushed a bit up the order because he is young and got terrific potential as well as he can be very defensive as seen in the 2nd ODI.

  • POSTED BY diness_shewag on | October 19, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    ashraful should have been given chance to play in home and then after his performance we would have decided over his axing from the team...i am from nepal and i love bangladesh cricket team

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    vulcan_hacker.....you said he(imrul) scored good runs last year but a failure in recent series ( zim,wi odi), on the other hand Ash was the highest runs getter in most recent Test against zim, then why the hell selectors dropped him from Test squad rather than ODI's? That doesn't make sense. And You don't need to be very sound technically to get runs.look at Sehwag! So,why the selectors not trying and giving chance to Nafees? Time to think with opening pairs. The top and middle orders are struggling because of them. My Team will be:1. Tamim/Nazim 2.Nafees/Imrul/Junaid. 3. Nafees/Dhiman. 4. Ashraful. 5.Sakib. 6. Mushfiq. 7.Riad/Alok/Nayeem. 8. Razzak/ Anamul/Musarrof. 9. Mash(if fit)/Shahdat. 10. Rubel. 11. Safiul/Nazmul.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Mortuza is unfortunately injured from quite some time. But BCB couldn't get a replacement of mortuza yet.

  • POSTED BY hasan_uiu on | October 19, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Glad to see ash is droped and so as Kapali.

    My 11 - 1. Tamim 2. Imrul 3.Shaharear 4. Rokibul/ shuvagoto 5. Sakib 6 musfiq 7.naim 8. Nasir 9. shahadat 10. Sunny / shuvo 11. Rubel

    sunny, shuvo, home and nasir are un-caped so I like to include some experienced guy first. According this Rokibul get a chase instead of Home. As sakib is our main striking spinner, I like to include sunny and leaving shuvo because sunny higher batting capability and equal balling quality.

  • POSTED BY bagh_mama on | October 19, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    Guys, why Kayes is bashed? He is not a failure. He is just having a bad patch. He scored more than anyone last year. He isnt as talented as some other guys, but he showed he has a brain in his helmet. Not every batsmen in the team will be stroke makers. I wish Aftab or Junayed was as dedicated and consistent as Kayes. If Kayes fails now, what will happen to the opening pair? Shahriar is not technically sound, also his confidence is still way off.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    How many Chances Kayesc will get? Drop him as well.

  • POSTED BY hasan.mamun on | October 19, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    i thing asraful give chang now just test cricket he was better player in test last test he was play good with zimbabwe shadad hossain come back test thats good but mahmudullah out but he not fet for play this big loss bangladesh he is good crickter

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | October 19, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Indian fan here....let Ashraful play tests only....where is Mortaza ???

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | October 19, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Dropping an experienced & their ace spinner like Razzak is a big blunder by Ban selectors, specially in tests on Ban slow wkts ??????

  • POSTED BY a.s.rifat on | October 19, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Ashraful was better than Raqibul.....Nasir must be given a chance to play his 1st test match

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    If Ashraful is as good as people say he is then he should go over to England and play cricket (he's not good enough for First Class) to try to recover some consistency. Give the boy a chance as he plays under a lot of pressure in a poor team but an average of low twenties in more than fifty tests is not just rubbish its pathetic. If that's what Bangladesh are picking then Graeme Swann would be batting No.3 for them.

  • POSTED BY k4zz on | October 18, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    My starting 11 would be: Tamim, Nafees, Raqibal, Rahim, Shakib, Naeem, Hom, Nasir, Elias/ Nazmul, Shahadat, Rubel... Although people wanted Ash dropped, I would of acually selected him for the test match as he was the best batsmen in the last test against Zimbabwe, although failing in the ODI, it should result in him being dropped from the ODI team, but as he succeded in his last match in Test he shold have been given the go. Kayes has had too many chance and is averaging less than tailender batsmen. In terms of the team that I selected I believe that it is strongest available although I would go with Elias Sunny ahead of Nazmul. The team has alot of options in bowling and they posibly have 3 of bangladesh's best fielders in Nasir, Naeem and Raqibal.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | October 18, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    The batting side of the squad is pretty weak. There are too many bits and pieces players, which is really bad for test matches. Nasir and Shakib were good enough as all-rounders. Shuvo and Naeem are waste of positions. Good to see 'never will learn' guys like Ashraful and Alok dropped; bad to see other proven failures like Roqibul, Kayes, Naeem and Shahriar Nafees in the squad. It was time to bring in more capable guys Nasir and Hom, e.g., Dhiman, Shamsur Rahman, one opener.... Shafiul should have been retained.

  • POSTED BY mandi on | October 18, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Shahadat Back in action again,he need to lead the pace attack from front.

  • POSTED BY tkaikobad on | October 18, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    It's my prediction ....If Nasir get the chance he will make a "CENTURY"....

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | October 18, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    I'm so happy, Ashraful has been dropped!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    My eleven is : Tamim, Kayes, Nafees, Mushy, Nasir, Sakib, Naeem, Elias, Rubel, Shahadat, Nazmul.

    if Kayees fails again, then Nafees will open with Tamim and Hom will paly at No.3 replacing Kayees.

  • POSTED BY tkaikobad on | October 18, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Nice selection... although we gonna miss mahmudullah....My first Team: 1. Tamim 2. Imrul Kayes 3. Shariar Nafis 4. Raqibul Hasan 5. Shakib 6. Mushfiqur 7. Nasir Hossain 8. Naeem Islam. 9. Elias Sunny/Nazmul Hossain 10. Rubel Hossain 11. Shahadat Hossain

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    How on earth he was not included in the ODI series is beyond us. The guy is so passionate for his country and give it all every time he plays for BD, we saw him how he did against India when they were rubbishing the bowling attack as "ORDINARY" and also at Lords against England. It's really pity when a bowler does not get enough accolades as much as a batsman. OK nothing taking away from the batsmen but surely we need more quicks like him more than ever as the rule has changed and the game is gearing up for more excitement using 2 balls from either end.

    Well done Rajib to keep your focus and inclusion to the squad - wishing you all the best. We have been missing you for long time. Good luck and keep working hard. We need you all to focus and just play. Result will come if you are committed. Make it difficult for the selector to drop you till you really want to call it a day - that's another good 8 years in front of you.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | October 18, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Very good decision to drop Ash. But Razzak should b given another chance. He can b handy with bat in lower order. He's a better choice than Shuvo.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Seems to be quite an 'inexperienced' squad! If they can make a bigger impression, this sure will be a great achievement for Bangladesh Cricket. Definitely a very young test squad. Questions might be raised if it is really worth taking the gamble ?!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Finally, BD can get rid of Ashraful! But I like to see Shahriar Nafees instead of Roqibul, he is just a waste of time! And Nasir should deserve a chance in the highest level of cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    A good team under the circumstances...but the question is now whether Bangladesh will dare to take 3 seamers in the playing 11

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | October 18, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    What kind of viral fever is this for Mahmudullah? Its already been more than a week now. Usually viral fever don't stay for more than 4-5 days if you take appropriate medication. Moreover its harshed call for Abdur Razzak also. His experience would have definitely helped against Windies who are very much susceptible to spin. Welcome call for Shahadat and Elias Sunny. I hope these guys count on it. Selectors should also have thought about promising off spinner Sohag Gazi, experienced batsman Rajin Saleh, leg breaker all rounder Alok Kapali and left arm fast bowl Kazi Kamrul Islam. I somehow feel and Naeem and Nasir are good for ODIs and T20s but not for tests. Their spots could have been given to Rajin and Alok Kapali in tests instead.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    except recalling raqibul, the team is quite good.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    except recalling raqibul, the team is quite good.

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | October 18, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    What kind of viral fever is this for Mahmudullah? Its already been more than a week now. Usually viral fever don't stay for more than 4-5 days if you take appropriate medication. Moreover its harshed call for Abdur Razzak also. His experience would have definitely helped against Windies who are very much susceptible to spin. Welcome call for Shahadat and Elias Sunny. I hope these guys count on it. Selectors should also have thought about promising off spinner Sohag Gazi, experienced batsman Rajin Saleh, leg breaker all rounder Alok Kapali and left arm fast bowl Kazi Kamrul Islam. I somehow feel and Naeem and Nasir are good for ODIs and T20s but not for tests. Their spots could have been given to Rajin and Alok Kapali in tests instead.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    A good team under the circumstances...but the question is now whether Bangladesh will dare to take 3 seamers in the playing 11

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Finally, BD can get rid of Ashraful! But I like to see Shahriar Nafees instead of Roqibul, he is just a waste of time! And Nasir should deserve a chance in the highest level of cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Seems to be quite an 'inexperienced' squad! If they can make a bigger impression, this sure will be a great achievement for Bangladesh Cricket. Definitely a very young test squad. Questions might be raised if it is really worth taking the gamble ?!!!

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | October 18, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Very good decision to drop Ash. But Razzak should b given another chance. He can b handy with bat in lower order. He's a better choice than Shuvo.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    How on earth he was not included in the ODI series is beyond us. The guy is so passionate for his country and give it all every time he plays for BD, we saw him how he did against India when they were rubbishing the bowling attack as "ORDINARY" and also at Lords against England. It's really pity when a bowler does not get enough accolades as much as a batsman. OK nothing taking away from the batsmen but surely we need more quicks like him more than ever as the rule has changed and the game is gearing up for more excitement using 2 balls from either end.

    Well done Rajib to keep your focus and inclusion to the squad - wishing you all the best. We have been missing you for long time. Good luck and keep working hard. We need you all to focus and just play. Result will come if you are committed. Make it difficult for the selector to drop you till you really want to call it a day - that's another good 8 years in front of you.

  • POSTED BY tkaikobad on | October 18, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Nice selection... although we gonna miss mahmudullah....My first Team: 1. Tamim 2. Imrul Kayes 3. Shariar Nafis 4. Raqibul Hasan 5. Shakib 6. Mushfiqur 7. Nasir Hossain 8. Naeem Islam. 9. Elias Sunny/Nazmul Hossain 10. Rubel Hossain 11. Shahadat Hossain

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    My eleven is : Tamim, Kayes, Nafees, Mushy, Nasir, Sakib, Naeem, Elias, Rubel, Shahadat, Nazmul.

    if Kayees fails again, then Nafees will open with Tamim and Hom will paly at No.3 replacing Kayees.

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | October 18, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    I'm so happy, Ashraful has been dropped!