Bangladesh tour of Kenya August 7, 2006

Tushar recalled to Bangladesh side

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh's loss in Zimbabwe was Habibul Basher's 'most painful experience' © Getty Images

Bangladesh have recalled Tushar Imran, the middle-order batsman, for the forthcoming one-day series in Kenya. Bangladesh, who recently lost a five-match one-day series to Zimbabwe, are scheduled to play three one-day internationals in Nairobi on August 12, 13 and 15.

"Imran had been a stand-by for the African tour. We have called him as a replacement for injured captain Habibul Bashar," Mahmudur Rahman, the Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive, was quoted as saying in an AFP report. Imran, whose last one-day appearance was against Australia at home in April, has so far scored 545 runs in 35 matches with two half-centuries. Khaled Mashud, the wicketkeeper-batsman, has been retained as the captain.

Bashar, who was ruled out of the series owing to a finger injury, couldn't hide his disappointment after Bangladesh went down 3-2 at Harare. "You can't imagine what a pathetic moment it was when the embassy officials at Nairobi informed me that Bangladesh lost the match badly," he told The Daily Star. "I had a 24-hour stopover there and obviously it was the most painful experience for me. I feel sorry for the country's cricket mad people but I must request them to keep faith in us because we have proved in the last few series that we are an improving side. There is no room for excuse for this debacle but I still believe that we are far better a team than the present Zimbabwe side."