West Indies in Bangladesh 2011-12 October 19, 2011

Ashraful must perform to play - Law

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Law, the Bangladesh coach, has said that dropping Mohammad Ashraful for the two Tests against West Indies was a message that players needed to perform if they wanted to play for the country.

The Test side, Law said, had been "underachieving as a unit" and maybe "it is time for a change." It also provided an opportunity for the players who have come in to the squad "to stick their hand up and stake a claim for a ten-year career."

Bangladesh had been defeated by Zimbabwe on their comeback to Test cricket, after which Shakib Al Hasan was removed as captain and replaced by Mushfiqur Rahim. Their Test squad, named on October 18 after a win in the final ODI in Chittagong, did not include Ashraful and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, while allrounder Mahmudullah and fast bowler Shafiul Islam were not fit.

Ashraful's axeing, after a poor ODI series against West Indies, did not mean that he was finished, Law said. "He's a great guy to have around the dressing-room. His work ethic has been outstanding, whether it be gym sessions, training, batting, bowling or fielding, he is always there. You want to see him have success but unfortunately, other things have come in.

"He's not in the Test side but he's not finished. He has his best years ahead of him. He needs to go away and think about ways to score runs. If he does that, I think he'll be successful.

"Sometimes these calls are made not to disregard the player completely but to make sure he understands that if you play in the team, you've got to be performing. That'd be the message to all the players: if you want to be part of the Bangladesh team, you can't do okay. You have to perform."

Of the new players in the squad, Law said that left-arm spinner Elias Sunny had "the chance to stake a claim for a long career."

"I've seen him in the BCB Cup, he has pretty good numbers in first-class cricket. He showed plenty of control and took wickets in the BCB Cup and the four-day game. That's all you need to do as a spinner."

Law said that Robiul Islam had been left out of the squad because Bangladesh were "very unlikely to play three seamers" in the Tests against West Indies. Nazmul Hossain, Rubel Hossain and Shahadat Hossain are the medium-pacers in the squad.

"He [Robiul] misses out but he's very firmly in our plans. He has a big heart and he always keeps trying. That's the sort of bowler we want. There are a couple of issues with his action that we can iron out in the next few weeks. He can bowl a lot quicker and swing more."

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  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    really coach said right.There is no place for the un performer.

  • Zaman on October 20, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I really appreciate the decision to keep him out of the XI. Selection would be questionable if he remains in the team. His Test avg. is 23.02 and ODI avg. is 22.0 how come you are expecting some good innings from him. Once he was a good player but now he has a lot of things to do....

  • anwar on October 20, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Hope 4 the best for the B'deshi's in the upcoming test series. we want to see ur best & strong efforts throughout the series.

  • Md Mijanur on October 20, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Ashraful has blamed the Board president for his exclusion!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Best Playing XI: 1. Tamim, 2. Imrul, 3. Shahriar, 4. Mushfiq, 5. Sakib, 6. Shuvogoto, 7. Nasir, 8. Naeem, 9. Elius, 10, Shahadat, 11. Rubel.

  • shameem on October 20, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    What a brilliant decision at the end! Ashraful had been very lucky for not being dropped from the national team long before. His dismal batting performance was a burden for the team --- while Junior players are performing much better. I think he should quit cricket and take a career in acting, which he is doing not bad as he currently does with his batting. In fact I'd like to see Ashraful out of the BD dressing room permanently.

  • Andrew on October 20, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    Finally! Ashraful is the worst batsmen to score more than 2,000 runs in test cricket. The Bangas have quite a few better players than him. == == == Hopefully the pitch will have more life than the 3rd ODI. Hopefully the test series will be evenly fought.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    when ash plays for the team all the players wants something from him he did his best and he will remain best all the cricket experts from the cricket world loves to see his batting style the most talented batsman in the globe. He will come back .

  • Enayet on October 19, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    Excellent decision by coach to drop Ashraful!! He should be playing in domestic league until he can prove his worth for the national team.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    "He needs to go away and think about ways to score runs." Can you put it in any nicer way than that. The whole process should be based on performance, period. The selectors committee should know that all eyes are on them and they will be scrutinized for the decisions they make. Stuart Law's stance on performance is highly commendable. His own reputation is at stake and he is here for sure to perform.

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