West Indies in Bangladesh 2011-12 October 18, 2011

Razzak dropped for West Indies Tests; Shafiul injured

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • TMoney 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Md. Rakibuzzaman 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Ahnaf 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.

  • Dummy4 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....

  • Rezwan 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.

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