West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13 October 29, 2012

Tough questions for Bangladesh selectors

The Bangladesh Test squad for the West Indies series is likely to be announced next week, and the selectors have plenty to ponder
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Bangladesh could stick to tried and tested players for the two-match Test series against West Indies that begins on November 13, despite question marks hanging over several positions in the team. The national selectors are expected to pick a 15-man squad on November 6, a day after the National Cricket League's second game ends.

"Eighty per cent of the team is confirmed, so we will watch the NCL matches starting on November 2 and name the team the day after this round ends," chief selector Akram Khan told ESPNcricinfo. "We will look at some players as we will pick options for some positions. Our job is to select the fifteen and the team management picks the XI."

Interim coach Shane Jurgensen however believes that several places are up for grabs as Bangladesh will be playing Test matches after eleven months, a period which has seen some of those regular players losing spots due to injury, poor form or even, in one case, controversy.

"I think there is a possibility for a number of players to make their way into the team. We haven't played Test cricket for a long time. So it might be a tough call for the selectors. But at the moment I can't comment on selection," Jurgensen, who has been Bangladesh's bowling coach before being thrust into the bigger role of head coach after Richard Pybus' resignation, said.

He said he firmly believes match practice is the best way to prepare for a Test series, and the Bangladesh players have some scheduled ahead of the West Indies series instead of the long preparatory camp in Mirpur. "We are doing the best preparation we can by playing four-day cricket. We played a game in the [first-class National Cricket] league and we have seen some very good performances in the first game.

"Some young guys played very well and their names might be up for selection as well. That's what we want to see. There are more four-day games coming up. They will play two four-day games and then they'll play another game (a three-day warm-up match) against West Indies. So they'll basically be playing three games in the long version. That's good enough preparation for me."

Consequently the selection panel's plate should be full: a new opener, a stable No. 4, a second spinner and a revamped pace attack may be on the cards. The selectors wouldn't be too stressed if they go in for 12 players who have been regulars in the Bangladesh line-up since the Asia Cup and the Twenty20s from June. But some of those players have delivered sub-par performances, which should make Akram look for new faces. The difference in quality of domestic cricket in the country and the international game, however, prevents a new face from making it directly to the Test team. More importantly, the lack of Test cricket doesn't allow selectors much of a yardstick by which to judge how - and if - the players have progressed.

Hence, Tamim Iqbal is likely to open with either Imrul Kayes or Nazimuddin since both have featured in Bangladesh's five Tests in the 2011-12 season. At the moment the call is tilted slightly towards a return for Kayes, who was dropped for the Pakistan Tests. Nazimuddin's weak Asia Cup performance would play a part in Kayes' return, and since he was picked specifically to balance Tamim's aggression, a continuation wouldn't be unlikely.

The No. 3 position is also unlikely to see a new face if Shahriar Nafees' last Test performance is taken into account. But he is not a centrally-contracted player and moreover has a controversy hanging over his head though he continued playing for Bangladesh A last month. Despite the mediocrity expected these days from Mohammad Ashraful, his stability in the Twenty20 team as an opener has probably won him a place in the middle-order. Mahmudullah, who has batted at every position from four to eight, would slot in after Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan, at seven. That would leave Nasir Hossain batting with the tail and Bangladesh playing with eight batsmen.

"There is a long-term plan for Mashrafe Mortaza. He is following a process for his return to international cricket. "He plays the one day internationals and has performed quite well. Unfortunately the longer version of the game is still a bit of a stumbling block. It'll take some time for him."
Bangladesh's interim coach, Shane Jurgensen

"I think the middle-order is fine at the moment. Shakib and Mushfiqur will bat at five and six and Mahmudullah will come in after them," Akram said.

Due to the stretched out batting order, the bowling attack will again be heavily dependent on Shakib, who bowled 92 more Test overs than any of his team-mates last year. The selectors are also pinning hopes on Rubel Hossain completely recovering from a shoulder injury. Jurgensen, who has worked closely with the pace bowler, thinks he is in shape after the long lay-off. "I think Rubel Hossain is one of the bowlers who has been performing well before his injury. He had improved a lot," he said. "At that point of time, he could bowl well no matter what kind of a wicket it was.

"Personally as the bowling coach of the team, it was a very sad day for me when he got injured. He is fit now and is bowling in the nets. Now we have to wait and see if he can make it to the squad."

With such thin prospects on the bowling front, Akram still has left-arm spinner Enamul Haque jnr, who has taken more than a hundred wickets in all forms of the game since last season's NCL, in mind.

"This is one spot where everyone performs. I wish I had that luxury in the other areas too. Enamul has been bowling well but it is still early to say [if he'll be picked]," Akram said. "We are hopeful of Rubel, he bowled well in the first-class game for Khulna."

The team will certainly be without Mashrafe Mortaza as the seamer's debilitating knees are still not strong enough to withstand the rigours of the longer format, though he has regularly played ODIs and Twenty20s for Bangladesh after recovering from his latest surgery late last year. Jurgensen, who helped Mashrafe in his latest rehabilitation by tweaking his run-up, said the management still has the former captain in their Test plans. "There is a long-term plan for Mashrafe Mortaza. He is following a process for his return to international cricket.

"He plays the one day internationals and has performed quite well. Unfortunately the longer version of the game is still a bit of a stumbling block. It'll take some time for him."

Nineteen players were picked for the five Tests last year and a carry-over of such numbers is expected in a season that has Bangladesh playing Tests in three different countries and varied conditions. Given the trend of selection and form and fitness of some of the players, the selection committee is likely to delve more deeply into first-class cricket.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • QTS_ on November 1, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Having a long batting order is sensible, since Bangladesh usually lose matches for not batting long enough. At least it makes a draw more likely. Given that the pace options are few, the team can stick with just two pacers. Shakib, Sunny, Mahmudullah, Nasir and Ashraful can provide enough slow bowling. Ashraful might be tried for the first Test, and replaced with Momin for the second.

  • on November 1, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Open With Ashraful. Tamim & He Have Been Good. And Select Some New Pace BowlerS, For God'S Sake!! Who Did Well in NCL. Or, Take A Extra Spinner InStead.

  • AzAb12754 on November 1, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    This is how Bangladesh's best 11 should be based on International and NCL performances - 01.Tamim, 02.Shahriar, 03.Mominul, 04.Shakib, 05.Nasir, 06.Rahim, 07.Mahmudullah, 08.Sunny, 09.Rubel, 10.Nazmul, 11.Shafiul. But really if Bangladesh wants to have a chance then they need to make the pitch assist spinners with more grip and turn than usual at these Bangladesh pitches not too much but a bit extra so that way they don't have to rely on their ordinary pace attack. Also do not forget that both Mahmudullah and Nasir are also decent spin off breakers which along with our left arm spinners will complete the spin attack. Between them, they could quite easily bowl 30 overs.

  • Fareen on November 1, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    It would be criminal not giving Enamul Jnr. a chance. I agree Eliyas Sunny played well but Enamul was a revelation in the last 1-2 years and he would be the perfect spinner alongside Shakib. And I do hope mashrafe and rubel play as we're desperately short of fast bowlers.

  • on November 1, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    The difference between the two sides is clearly Gayle. Get him out early then there's a contest if not well game over shall we say but its good to see after all those T20 tournaments proper Cricket series are coming up soon this month should be exciting for Cricket fans in general.

  • The_Ashes on November 1, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    I know Shahriar had behavioural problems in the A tour in India back in August I think but he apologised for it and learnt his lesson. He's one of the few experienced players Bangladesh have and needs to be seriously considered. Mind you out of all the Bangladeshi's, he has the best batting record against a mighty team like Australia. Also he scored a 60 in his first NCL match the other week so clearly he's performing plus a handy fielder.

  • The_Ashes on November 1, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Shakib batting at 5 is a perfect idea in tests especially considering the fact he bowls so much overs in tests and needs a valuable rest time and that is why the top order needs to play long and wicketless for a long period. The key for Bangladesh when batting is to take your time, don't take risks, defend and attack when its the right time, rotate the strike for ones and twos so you're not building pressure and enjoy! bowling be positive instead of negative and set attacking fields so you're not playing at the hands of batsman best of luck to both team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 1, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    But seriously please!!!!, no Kayes, Rubel and especially Mohammad Ashraful for these test matches. Their records at this level is bad.

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 1, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    If this article is true and Bangladesh selects the likes of Kayes, Ashraful and so on then they'll have no chance. Anamul was the top scorer at Under-19 World Cup by a distance and needs to make his debut at least by April next year against Zimbabwe perfect team to make your debut against. In this series however, I would give Mominul his chance now because of his talent and excellent performance at NCL. Mind you both the Haques are excellent fielders. Yes I agree Shahriar needs to return and either play as an opener or at 3 because of his experience. He has the patience to play at this level unlike most Bangladeshi's. Mominul at 4 and then Shakib at 5, Nasir 6, Rahim 7, Mahmudullah 8 etc. Tamim needs to mature now and we now find signs he is now because he's too good of a player to get out cheaply. If he plays responsibly and sensibly instead of being aggressive everytime, not only he will do himself a favour but also for the team.

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 1, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Bangladesh cannot even beat Zimbabwe in a test if their fast bowling is not upto scratch and I hate saying this but honestly I think Afghanistan and Ireland have far more better fast bowlers than Bangladesh with the exception of Mashrafe Mortaza. You can't succeed in Cricket if you do not have a good fast bowling program and this has to be addressed quickly otherwise it will take too long for Bangladesh to be a strong team at the highest level. What really bothers me is that there's no news on how they are planning to overcome that. Fast bowling is important in Cricket regardless of what sort of pitch you play on slow or fast.

  • QTS_ on November 1, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Having a long batting order is sensible, since Bangladesh usually lose matches for not batting long enough. At least it makes a draw more likely. Given that the pace options are few, the team can stick with just two pacers. Shakib, Sunny, Mahmudullah, Nasir and Ashraful can provide enough slow bowling. Ashraful might be tried for the first Test, and replaced with Momin for the second.

  • on November 1, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Open With Ashraful. Tamim & He Have Been Good. And Select Some New Pace BowlerS, For God'S Sake!! Who Did Well in NCL. Or, Take A Extra Spinner InStead.

  • AzAb12754 on November 1, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    This is how Bangladesh's best 11 should be based on International and NCL performances - 01.Tamim, 02.Shahriar, 03.Mominul, 04.Shakib, 05.Nasir, 06.Rahim, 07.Mahmudullah, 08.Sunny, 09.Rubel, 10.Nazmul, 11.Shafiul. But really if Bangladesh wants to have a chance then they need to make the pitch assist spinners with more grip and turn than usual at these Bangladesh pitches not too much but a bit extra so that way they don't have to rely on their ordinary pace attack. Also do not forget that both Mahmudullah and Nasir are also decent spin off breakers which along with our left arm spinners will complete the spin attack. Between them, they could quite easily bowl 30 overs.

  • Fareen on November 1, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    It would be criminal not giving Enamul Jnr. a chance. I agree Eliyas Sunny played well but Enamul was a revelation in the last 1-2 years and he would be the perfect spinner alongside Shakib. And I do hope mashrafe and rubel play as we're desperately short of fast bowlers.

  • on November 1, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    The difference between the two sides is clearly Gayle. Get him out early then there's a contest if not well game over shall we say but its good to see after all those T20 tournaments proper Cricket series are coming up soon this month should be exciting for Cricket fans in general.

  • The_Ashes on November 1, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    I know Shahriar had behavioural problems in the A tour in India back in August I think but he apologised for it and learnt his lesson. He's one of the few experienced players Bangladesh have and needs to be seriously considered. Mind you out of all the Bangladeshi's, he has the best batting record against a mighty team like Australia. Also he scored a 60 in his first NCL match the other week so clearly he's performing plus a handy fielder.

  • The_Ashes on November 1, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Shakib batting at 5 is a perfect idea in tests especially considering the fact he bowls so much overs in tests and needs a valuable rest time and that is why the top order needs to play long and wicketless for a long period. The key for Bangladesh when batting is to take your time, don't take risks, defend and attack when its the right time, rotate the strike for ones and twos so you're not building pressure and enjoy! bowling be positive instead of negative and set attacking fields so you're not playing at the hands of batsman best of luck to both team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 1, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    But seriously please!!!!, no Kayes, Rubel and especially Mohammad Ashraful for these test matches. Their records at this level is bad.

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 1, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    If this article is true and Bangladesh selects the likes of Kayes, Ashraful and so on then they'll have no chance. Anamul was the top scorer at Under-19 World Cup by a distance and needs to make his debut at least by April next year against Zimbabwe perfect team to make your debut against. In this series however, I would give Mominul his chance now because of his talent and excellent performance at NCL. Mind you both the Haques are excellent fielders. Yes I agree Shahriar needs to return and either play as an opener or at 3 because of his experience. He has the patience to play at this level unlike most Bangladeshi's. Mominul at 4 and then Shakib at 5, Nasir 6, Rahim 7, Mahmudullah 8 etc. Tamim needs to mature now and we now find signs he is now because he's too good of a player to get out cheaply. If he plays responsibly and sensibly instead of being aggressive everytime, not only he will do himself a favour but also for the team.

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 1, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Bangladesh cannot even beat Zimbabwe in a test if their fast bowling is not upto scratch and I hate saying this but honestly I think Afghanistan and Ireland have far more better fast bowlers than Bangladesh with the exception of Mashrafe Mortaza. You can't succeed in Cricket if you do not have a good fast bowling program and this has to be addressed quickly otherwise it will take too long for Bangladesh to be a strong team at the highest level. What really bothers me is that there's no news on how they are planning to overcome that. Fast bowling is important in Cricket regardless of what sort of pitch you play on slow or fast.

  • on November 1, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Two consistent batsman of Bangladesh Shakib and Nasir should bat higher in the order , to give Bangladesh more 'hope' in their batting order .

  • The_Aeroboy on November 1, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    BD can do experiment with soumya sarker & shohag gazi...it may b a tramp card, i have seen these 2 players closely performing well... if i were a selector, i would give them a break.....

  • CricketMaan on November 1, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    What happened to the U-19 Captain who was brilliant down under, is he under consideration?

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on November 1, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Bangladesh shouldn't pick Imrul for Tests. His ODI record is good but his test per4mances r too poor to pick him for squad. Nazim & Nafees r ok at 2 & 3. Nasir or Mahmud should bat at 4 rather than Ashraful. Enamul can b useful than Sunny or Razzak as he is inform bowler in 4-day games. Rubel, Nazmul , Shafiul r better options than Shahadat or Rabiul. The main XI can b like this: 1.Tamim, 2. Nazim, 3.Nafees, 4.Nasir, 5.Shakib, 6.Mushfiq, 7.Mahmud, 8.Enamul, 9.Shafiul, 10.Nazmul, 11.Rubel (if he's fit for Test).

  • on November 1, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    keeping 1st round of NCL and last year's test performance in mind current consistent players are sure to keep their place like Shakib and Tamim and the more inconsistent ones need to be replaced by the more promising ones from. we myt see a return of Enamul jnr. and newcomers like Sohag and Marshall are definitely going to make a cut. according to me (till the 1st round of NCL) the best 15 can be: Shakib, Mushfiq, Tamim, Nazimuddin, Naeem Islam, Shahriar Nafees, Nasir, Elius Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Marshall Ayub, Nazmul, Enamul Jr., Mominul, Shahadat Hossain, Sohag Gazi. The only place this squad myt like in is a second keeper. i guess by the 2nd round that will b sorted out altho i wud vouch for Saghir Hossain. anamul and jaharul was outstanding last year's NCL but dint c them in the stat list this tym around. if an xtra keeper gets in then 1 of the bowlers or batsmen needs to make way. Plus BCB should continu to kp n eye on NCL during WI test so poor performers of 1st test cn b replced

  • nazmulrana on November 1, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    i think mominul hoque is the solution for the no. 4 position

  • AzAb12754 on November 1, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Ashraful performed bad in his last NCL match no surprises so why on earth are selectors still want to pick him? he only performs well against weak attacks like India and Sri Lanka and should only play against them. The rest is basically 1 in 20 for him and his test record against West Indies is awful.

  • AzAb12754 on November 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Well I disagree a lot with the article on the possible players that could be selected when stats show how bad they perform at tests. For sure players like Shakib, Tamim, Rahim, Nasir and Mahmudullah are guaranteed the positions so that's 5 picked automatically. The next 3 I think should be Sunny, Nafees, Nazmul and the remaining 3 I have no idea. I think one of the two Mominul or Anamul needs to make their debuts now as Bangladesh still cannot find a full time partner for Tamim and a solid number 3 batsman.

  • on November 1, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    few points i want to talk about. true that Ashraful has been consistent in T20s and Nazimuddin was disappointing in ODIs but i think that doesnt mean Ashraful gets a place in Test and Nazimuddin gets dropped. I think team should be chosen based on the performance of BD in tests last year and this year's 1st two rounds of NCL. TEST is a compltly different affair from ODIs and T20s. Considering that we can see Nazimuddin showed promise (avg 30+) more than Imrul (avg below 20) in tests last year. even in this year's NCL nazim is clearly ahead than Imrul. Ashraful although averaged around 28 but he has bn gvn a lot of chances and by this tym he shud hav averaged like tamim or shakib atleast in the last year. Plus till now he hasnt promised anything with his bat in this year's NCL. Mahmudullah needs to be dropped now seriously. His performance in tests in last year was totally disappointing and he hasnt showed any promise too in NCL this time around.

  • on November 1, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    haha...Kayes averages 17 in his test career and only 1 half century so I don't understand why the writer of the article is okay with him. Innings lost again I guess!

  • on November 1, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Common Rubel in test matches? guess what he averages? 80 something in tests with the ball so if Bangladesh want to get thrashed be my guest. He should only be used in ODIs as he performs well in that format. Shahadat sorry is ordinary and another person that cost Bangladesh the Asia Cup.

  • on November 1, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I seriously cannot believe Imrul Kayes, Nazimuddin and Ashraful are being considered for those matches when they have pathetic test records. Kayes in my mind is a ODI batting specialist, Ashraful only for T20s and Nazimuddin one of the reasons why we lost the Asia Cup. Don't understand why experience players like Shahriar is not considered and Anamul and Mominul are not given a chance. Bangladesh will lose by an innings sorry to say if this happens.

  • raaznp on November 1, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    good say nazeem ran these player perfects for this series against west indies

  • tanstell87 on November 1, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    WI will wallop Bangladesh inside 3 days in both tests irrespective of any team that gets selected.

  • on November 1, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Enamul Haque jnr, Shohag Gazi, Naeem Islam and Rajin Saleh should be picked in 15 man Test squad.

  • on November 1, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Want to see Sohag Gazi in the team..

  • Fan_of_bengal on November 1, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Best bd squad for test right now 1. Tamim , 2. Nafees, 3. Mominul, 4. Ashraful, 5. Shakib, 6. Mushfiq, 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Nasir, 9. Sohag gazi/Enamul, 10. Rubel, 11. Shahadat/Shafiul, 12. Anamul, 13. Naeem.

  • on November 1, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    if mahmudullah bats at number 4 i gurantee u he will score atleast 2 double hundred in this series insallah

  • anver777 on November 1, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    One time captain of BD Mortaza's fitness is a main concern for them !!!!

  • nazeem-ran on November 1, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    please don't pick for test,like ashraful,mahmudullah,nazimuddin,imrul,shafiul. should given chance from some infrom player,like mominul,sohag gazi,anamul,enamul jnr,soumya sarkar, jahurul,nazmul,saqlain sajib. but saqlain sajib at this time out of cricket (last week get injured).

  • nazeem-ran on November 1, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    For test squad for at this time: 1.tamim 2.junaid 3.jahurul 4.shahriar 5.shakib 6.mushfiqur 7.nasir 8.sohag gazi 9.shadat 10.enamul jnr 11.rubel 12.nazmul 13.mominul 14.anamul 15.elias.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on November 1, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Selection of these oldies sugests the "dearth of young crickting talent" in bd.THEY RESEMBLE SO MUCH TO AUSIES WITH BATING PERSPECTIVE IN THAT REGARD,NOT WITH OVERALL CLAS obviously.

  • on November 1, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Shahriar Nafees should be picked considering he is he best option available at the moment. Mahmudullah should be dropped, since he has been given way too many chances. Mominul can take his place. Enamul can perform the role of a 2nd spinner, since he is in form.

  • on November 1, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Nazim not in form...Nafees might get a chance..Mominul can be picked...i think selectors team wud be be --> TAMIM, IMRUL, NAFEES, ASHRAFUL, SHAKIB, MUSHFIQ, NASIR, MAHMUDULLAH, ELIAS, SHAHADAT, RUBEL, MOMINUL, ENAMUL HQ, NAZIMUDDIN, NAZMUL

  • Midonoff on November 1, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Can't beleive BD is still pondering their test squad? WI pick their test side a ages ago. Seems to me WI is more settled and BD confused. Come BD need to pick the squad quickly so players can get into right mind set.

  • Raiyan24r on November 1, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    team.....tamim,anamul(u-19),nafees,mahmadulla,shakib,mushi,nasir,sunny,rubel,shafiul,enamul jr.........best team

  • on November 1, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    its like Man utd Vs Chelsea in EPL

  • on November 1, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    missing sanath jayasurya :(

  • on November 1, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    The best 15 players in current scenario for Test Squad of Bangladesh against West Indies are - 1. Tamim Iqbal; 2. Nazimuddin, 3. Imrul Kayes, 4. Shahriar Nafees, 5. Mohammad Ashraful, 6. Mehrab Hossain Jr, 7. Shakib Al Hasan, 8. Mushfiqur Rahim, 9. Mahmudullah, 10. Nasir Hossain, 11. Elias Sunny, 12. Enamul Haque Jr, 13. Rubel Hossain, 14. Shahadat Hossain, 15. Shafiul Islam/Mashrafee Bin Mortaza.

  • satish619chandar on November 1, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Tamim, Nazimuddin, Shariar Nafees, Shakib, Nasir, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe, Elias Sunny, Shaliul and Rubel. Picking the last two is the key. I personally dont think they need extra spinner with Shakib and Elias there. Also, Mahmud and Nasir can share good amount of bowling for right arm variety. 3+1 in bowling with Shakib as fifth bowler should work.

  • aewahid on November 1, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    So looks like oldies like Ashraful, Mahmudullah, and Kayes will sneak in with the blank check blessing of the selectors. Given that Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiq, and Nasir are guaranteed picks, it looks like Sunny, Shahadat, Rubel, and Nazmul will also make teh cut. Four the remaining 4 slots I would like to see Anamul and Mominul Haques, Enamul Haque Jr, and Shohag Gazi.

  • Dreamscrapper on November 1, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    The BCB should give chance to the youth players as some of them showed splendid performance for past two years. Players like Anamul Haque, Nazimuddin, Arafat are all good players with good potentials. The side should be more balanced with proper sum of pace and spin bowlers. The batting department should be arranged according to the format. For example: Defensive batsmen like Nazimuddin should be taken to the test side but must not be taken in the T20 side. And the bowling department should be more aggressive, with less dependence on Shakib Al Hasan.

  • on November 1, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Enamul Haque jnr should be picked. He could become handy considering the fact that he is in great form in domestic cricket and WI is very weak against spin. Nazimuddin shouldn't be picked.

  • reyme on November 1, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    BD selectors are way too conservative and defensive minded! Picking up Nazim or Kayes over in form Soumya Sarkar makes no sense...even Ashraful or Anamul could do better..

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  • reyme on November 1, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    BD selectors are way too conservative and defensive minded! Picking up Nazim or Kayes over in form Soumya Sarkar makes no sense...even Ashraful or Anamul could do better..

  • on November 1, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Enamul Haque jnr should be picked. He could become handy considering the fact that he is in great form in domestic cricket and WI is very weak against spin. Nazimuddin shouldn't be picked.

  • Dreamscrapper on November 1, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    The BCB should give chance to the youth players as some of them showed splendid performance for past two years. Players like Anamul Haque, Nazimuddin, Arafat are all good players with good potentials. The side should be more balanced with proper sum of pace and spin bowlers. The batting department should be arranged according to the format. For example: Defensive batsmen like Nazimuddin should be taken to the test side but must not be taken in the T20 side. And the bowling department should be more aggressive, with less dependence on Shakib Al Hasan.

  • aewahid on November 1, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    So looks like oldies like Ashraful, Mahmudullah, and Kayes will sneak in with the blank check blessing of the selectors. Given that Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiq, and Nasir are guaranteed picks, it looks like Sunny, Shahadat, Rubel, and Nazmul will also make teh cut. Four the remaining 4 slots I would like to see Anamul and Mominul Haques, Enamul Haque Jr, and Shohag Gazi.

  • satish619chandar on November 1, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Tamim, Nazimuddin, Shariar Nafees, Shakib, Nasir, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe, Elias Sunny, Shaliul and Rubel. Picking the last two is the key. I personally dont think they need extra spinner with Shakib and Elias there. Also, Mahmud and Nasir can share good amount of bowling for right arm variety. 3+1 in bowling with Shakib as fifth bowler should work.

  • on November 1, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    The best 15 players in current scenario for Test Squad of Bangladesh against West Indies are - 1. Tamim Iqbal; 2. Nazimuddin, 3. Imrul Kayes, 4. Shahriar Nafees, 5. Mohammad Ashraful, 6. Mehrab Hossain Jr, 7. Shakib Al Hasan, 8. Mushfiqur Rahim, 9. Mahmudullah, 10. Nasir Hossain, 11. Elias Sunny, 12. Enamul Haque Jr, 13. Rubel Hossain, 14. Shahadat Hossain, 15. Shafiul Islam/Mashrafee Bin Mortaza.

  • on November 1, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    missing sanath jayasurya :(

  • on November 1, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    its like Man utd Vs Chelsea in EPL

  • Raiyan24r on November 1, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    team.....tamim,anamul(u-19),nafees,mahmadulla,shakib,mushi,nasir,sunny,rubel,shafiul,enamul jr.........best team

  • Midonoff on November 1, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Can't beleive BD is still pondering their test squad? WI pick their test side a ages ago. Seems to me WI is more settled and BD confused. Come BD need to pick the squad quickly so players can get into right mind set.