Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna

Anamul called in as cover for Tamim

Mohammad Isam

November 20, 2012

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Batsman Anamul Haque has been called up on the eve of the Khulna Test as cover for an injured Tamim Iqbal. It is still unclear whether the uncapped Haque will make his Test debut as Tamim tries to recover from a sore elbow.

Tamim hurt a tendon in his left elbow while batting in the first innings of the Mirpur Test against West Indies. He batted only against spin in the nets on Monday, and will undergo a fitness test to determine his availability for the second Test. "Tamim sustained a muscle tendon injury during the first Test on his left elbow. He will do a fitness test later today or early tomorrow (Wednesday) morning," the team's physio Vibhav Singh was quoted as saying in a board release.

ESPNcricinfo has learned the opener Nazimuddin will likely replace opener Junaid Siddique for the second Test, so Tamim's injury has caused some concern for the team management which is not keen on drafting in an extra bowler in the XI in the event Tamim misses out.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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Posted by Meety on (November 21, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

@ Satan_in_Game (cont) - so I think that you must field your best bowlers, & if they are all spinners so be it. Bangladesh desperately need Mortaza back, he is the only pacer in Bangladesh that is good enuff to make it into other nations Test sides. I note he did play a FC game last week. As far as Anamul is concerned, I would only have him down the order for a few tests & slowly bring up the order, ultimately to #3.

Posted by Meety on (November 21, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

@onlinegamer55 on (November 20 2012, 07:00 AM GMT) - thanks for that matey! I think Ashraful as a Test batsmen (or bowler) is a thing of the past. He is still quite young, but he has the distinction of the lowest Test average for a player to have hit 5 tons in test history. He is just not consistant enuff. His FC stats are not too flash either, I have always wondered why Rajin Saleh didn't get the same opportunities as Ashraful did? @ Satan_in_Game on (November 20 2012, 09:46 AM GMT) - I suppose I should of said, this would be a team I would select for matches in Bangladesh. I see what you are saying, I think you are right, but apart from Mortaza (who if FIT I would of selected), none of the pacers that have been selected have done the job, & they just end up getting carted. I liked Kazi K Islam (left arm pace), but this season he has struggled. The trouble is, if you look at the leading wicket takers in the National League - they're all spinners. (cont)

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Please no Nazimuddin he has done nothing what Anamul Has done I want to see Anamul just so he can experience what its like to play at the highest level.

Posted by DarindaUK on (November 20, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

My XI:Tamim (Hope he gets fit), Anamul, Shahriyar, Naeem, Shakib, Mushfiqur, Nasir, Mahmudulla, Enamul Jr, Shohag, Elias/Rubel. Definately don't need pacer like Shahadat or Batsman like Junaid. They've had their fair share, now give others a chance. Maybe we don't pacer at all. Just use the spinners and see how they do. Worst is going to be a lose, but the chance is that the spinners might be able keep the run rate low and prolong the game to 5 days. Best of luck Tigers. Do your best to play the full 5 days. Don't worry about winning.

Posted by TheBlackMonk on (November 20, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

@Meety: Interesting perspective however disagree on not picking a single pacer. The pacers could be our weak link but the sudden variation of a pacer if using wisely can cause the discomfort to the batsman in a spin dominant attack. None of our pitches react as expected and a pacer can be a good back-up if pitch wake up suddenly. Also not picking one at all will destroy their morale while we have to depend on them in international soil. Regarding Anamul, I really don't see playing him below order while plenty are already huddling their to claim their position including Mominul in the pipeline, rather our top orders are not very solid except Tamim. I won't be quick to give a pass to Nayeem after one match and neither Nafis nor Zunayed as there was point to be happy. So, I would rather up Anam's position initially with first down playing Nafis as opener and build him especially for that position. He is a solid batsman and we need one to pack in there.

Posted by sawifan on (November 20, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

@Zifan Hai... when you speak of poor FC records, how can you still include Rubel in your team?! By far the worst record in the team. Sure, he is fine in the ODI team, but clearly he suffers in the longer formats (FC/ Tests). A team average over 80 after 13 tests shows this. 13 tests is clearly long enough to see he isn't up to scratch. I do agree with you on Anumal playing even if Tamim is fit. I think that would be a positive more for Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

2nd Test Eleven should be : (1) Tamim (2) Shahriar (3) Anamul (4) Naem (5) Sakib (6) Mushfiq (7) Nasir (8) Mahmoodullah (9) Sohag Gazi (10) Ylias Sani (11) Rubel.

* If Tamim not plays then Junayed will be in, although he is not in proper shape with short balls. * Ylias Sani is better replacement for Shahadat because we all know he is good for nothing. * Khulna pitch have to be slow & low batting track that can turn a bit. If we follow the above formula & play proper cricketing shots, then we have a good test infront of us. Best of luck....

Posted by onlinegamer55 on (November 20, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

@Meety Firstly, I'd just like to say that it's always a pleasure to read your comments. In fact, one of the first things I do whenever I read a cricinfo article is scroll down to find what you have to say. You seem to be one of few people around here who have a clear perspective on matters. I just thought I'd say that because I've been meaning to do so for a while. Anyway, I don't know why Amanal Haque hasn't been selected up until now either. Maybe they went for Nazzimuddin because he averages 38 over a long period of time (nearly 80 FC games) whereas Amanul averages 45 over 20 FC games? I don't know. One thing I do know is he's 19 and has a record better than most 19 year olds in first class cricket so I'm sure he'll get a game in soon. But what ever happened to Mohammad Ashraful? It's a shame that he couldn't convert his talent. But based on his last four first class innings it looks like he'll break back into the team soon but not as a batsman - as a bowler!

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (November 20, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Hope he'll shine as Gazi did on his debut. He's the highest run scorer in recent U19 World Cup & that achievement shows his talent & skill.

Posted by Sadequl on (November 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

If Tamim really miss out in the team then why not thinking an extra bowler in the squad against WI ! If Gazi as a debutante spinier can show such impressive result then why not Enamul jr, to be considered as his co-partner on other part who is also in a great form in the NCL atm.

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