West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13 November 5, 2012

Rubel included in preliminary Test squad

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Rubel Hossain, the Bangladesh fast bowler, has been included in a 22-member preliminary squad for the first Test against West Indies which begins on November 13. The experienced batsman Mohammad Ashraful and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak have both been left out. Ashraful's form took a major downturn in this season's NCL while Razzak has long been considered only for limited-overs cricket, having played his last Test in August last year.

Rubel has been called up for the first time since a shoulder injury for which he has had to undergo a surgery in South Africa earlier this year. He injured his shoulder while playing in the first Test against Pakistan in Chittagong last year, and hadn't played top-flight cricket until making an appearance in this season's National Cricket League where he took three wickets in two matches.

Others making a return include Junaid Siddique, Enamul Haque jnr and Jahurul Islam while the uncapped Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Taskin Ahmed, Sohag Gazi and Al-Amin have also been drafted in.

Junaid, Jahurul and Enamul have been rewarded for their performance in the first-class competition as well as for Bangladesh A in the past year with the left-handed batsman Junaid and the left-arm spinner Enamul all set to make the final cut. The 14-member squad for the first Test will be announced on November 10 at the end of a three-day warm-up game against West Indies, to be played at the BKSP from November 8.

The BCB XI for that match will be led by Mushfiqur Rahim, who is among a number of international cricketers in the squad. Shahriar Nafees, Junaid, Jahurul, Mahmudullah, Nazimuddin, Enamul and Shafiul Islam are the other Bangladesh cricketers who will get an opportunity to gauge the opposition ahead of the Test match.

Preliminary Squad for first Test: Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Nazimuddin, Enamul Haque jnr, Elias Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Taskin Ahmed, Sohag Gazi, Abul Hasan, Al Amin

BCB XI squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (Capt & wk), Shahriar Nafees, Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Nazimuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Enamul Haque jnr, Shafiul Islam, Al Amin

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  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    I think Mahmudullah should be dropped, and Anamul or Mominul shud play in place of him. As Anamul is more consistent so play Anamul.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    bangladesh just doesnt have ability to better against wi without this team 1#tamim 2#junaieed 3#jahurul 4#mahmudullah 5#sakib al hasan 6#musfiq 7#nasir 8#mominul 9#enamul junior 10#rubel hossain 11#shaddat

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    1st Test against West Indies but does not include performance of practice match on 8th November-10th. 01.Tamim, 02.Shahriar, 03.Naeem, 04.Anamul, 05.Shakib, 06.Rahim, 07.Nasir, 08.Mahmudullah, 09.Enamul, 10.Abul, 11.Nazmul and reserves - Junaid, Mominul, Sunny, Shafiul and Rubel.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    I think is time for Anamul to make his mark now and if he's still not ready to play at the highest level then let him join and stay with the likes of Tamim, Rahim and their management from now onwards so he can learn and develop further. He's done everything at youth level so its about time. I would like to use him for at least 1 test match against West Indies and 3 ODIs against them and even if he does not do well so be, he'll just benefit from it its his first time on the big stage just look at Nasir Hossain who had an average record in Under-19 and has become a star for Bangladesh. Infact his record at Under-19 batting wise is much better than what Shakib, Tamim etc have done so that's a sign. He made his unofficial debut in the tri series back in June so that's a start and if he plays some games against Windies that would be great. But he must definitely play in all tests and ODIs against Zimbabwe next year considering they're the easiest opponents to start with.

  • Alex on November 7, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    1 tamim 2 anamul 3 mominul 4 nasir 5 shakib 6 rahim 7 dhiman or alauddin if you want an extra pacer who can bat a bit 8 sohag 9 sunny 10 rubel 13 nazmul. i know alauddin isn't he the squad, he should be he just took a 6fer, he'd be a good first change bowler or could even open if needed and he has an FC ton so he can bat a bit, otherwise dhiman for the keeping quality.

  • Andrew on November 7, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Hopefully Ashraful will only be selected in Short Forms of the game (i.e just T20)! He has had more than enough opportunities & quite honestly - there are a lot of Banga batsmen with better credentials than him! I'd pick Rajin Saleh before Ashraful anyday of the week.

  • Andrew on November 7, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    Good luck to Bangladesh & Rubel, but can anyone explain to me why Kazi Islam doesn't get a run? I would say he is the best performed domestic pacer in Bangladesh & he adds a bit of variety being a left arm pacer. == == == My Banga team would be 1. Tamim, 2. Nafees, 3. Rahim (c), 4. Shakib, 5. Nasir, 6. Anamul Haque, 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Sunny, 9. Shuvo, 10. Kazi, 11. Shahadat 12th Naeem. Deep batting order, plenty of spin options, hopefully this side could go toe to toe with the WIndies over 5 days (no rain)! I think Anamul Haque will be the best Test batsmen to come out of Bangladesh. Bat him down the order, but 3 or 4 years from now, he'll be #3 & peeling off tons.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2012, 17:01 GMT


  • Jawwad on November 6, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Adur Razzak put on one of the best performances in the NCL. How come he was dropped?? Spinners that must play in final XI: Md. Elias Sunny, Enamul Haque jnr.

  • Jonny on November 6, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Ashraful had his chance in tests and probably ODIs, he should just stick to T20s. Players like Anamul and Mominul are waiting in the ranks now and deserve their moment. Ashraful in tests only does well against teams like India and Sri Lanka in which he scored 5 hundreds against, 4 of them against Sri Lanka. The rest his average is awful especially against West Indies.

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