Robiul Islam in Bangladesh squad for England
Fast bowler Robiul Islam is the only uncapped player in the Bangladesh Test squad for the tour of England scheduled for May 2010. Mashrafe Mortaza, who made a comeback to the national side for the World Twenty20, has not been included but Mohammad Ashraful is recalled to the Test side.
Robiul, 23, represents Khulna Division in domestic cricket and has claimed 102 first-class wickets in 30 appearances. He has also played for the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy and the Bangladesh A Team.
"He brings in a lot of energy and has brisk pace. Robiul is strong and aggressive and we feel he can be a handy option in English conditions," said Rafiqul Alam, the chairman of selectors.
Robiul will head to England along with fellow seamers Shahadat Hossain, Mahbubul Alam and opening batsman Junaid Siddique. The other members of the squad will fly directly to England at the end of Bangladesh's World Twenty20 campaign. Mortaza, who is participating in that tournament, will return home along with Syed Rasel, Aftab Ahmed and Suhrawadi Shuvo.
Squad Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Ashraful, Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (vice-capt/wk), Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mahbubul Alam and Robiul Islam.