Bangladesh news September 27, 2010

Ashraful to captain BCB XI against NZ

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Ashraful has been named captain of the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI that will take on the touring New Zealand team in the first warm-up match in Savar on October 1. Ashraful, who has been in and out of the Bangladesh side following a prolonged run of poor form, was left out of the squad that will play five ODIs against the visitors, but gets the chance to show the selectors they made a mistake.

The selectors have opted for youth, picking a number of players under the age of 23 in the 14-man squad. Shamsur Rahman, 22, averaged 67 in two unofficial Tests against South Africa A earlier this year. He was also part of Bangladesh's squad for the World Twenty20 in 2009, and was called up to the Test team that toured England earlier this year as back-up.

The bowling attack includes 21-year-old Dolar Mahmud, who last played for Bangladesh against Zimbabwe in 2009, and 18-year-old legspinner Noor Hossain, who has just four first-class matches under his belt. Meanwhile 20-year-old Mithun Ali will keep wickets.

The BCB XI plays two one-day matches against New Zealand, the second of which is also at Savar on October 3. The five ODIs will be hosted in Mirpur from October 5 to 17.

Bangladesh Cricket Board XI squad: Mohammad Ashraful (capt), Shamsur Rahman, Faisal Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Mahbubul Alam, Syed Rasel, Nazimuddin, Noor Hossain, Dolar Mahmud, Rony Talukder, Nasir Hossain, Mithun Ali (wk), Shabbir Rahman, Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury

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  • Bang_La on October 1, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    @ S.S.Sagar, I don't suspect you as being Ashraful himself in spite of same kind of English comprehension hahahahaha But your logics have holes more than a net. In all the matches that you glorified on behalf of Ashraful, his each and every out was uncricketing. You must mention that too. Besides, why don't you mention other matches in his more than 150 innings in most of those matches he put Bangladesh in a defeating mode. We don't need to go further, just compare his records against Smith of SA, who also played almost same number of matches. Ashraful is never a cricketer, period.

  • Bang_La on October 1, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    BCB president is determined to keep finding a place for Ashraful even though his records in T20 is less than ordinary. The word here is, Ashraful will be included in the OD series against NZ too. I believe in it.

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    i don't understand why alok kapali is not given a single chance.......isn't it some controversy against him??? and i think ashraful should be taught how 2 be dutiful in himself,,,,,he doesnt lack ne potentials,,,,,but lacks being careful and dutiful in his cricket......he needs someone to maintain him strictly...........

  • S.S.Sagar on September 30, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    @Ishtiaque: Yes, U R Right. But AUS Had Replaced Bevan With Another Quality Player. But In Case Of ASH? WHo Is The Quality Replacement??? And I Agree With U That ASH Should Not Be The Captain, Mash Is OK, Sakib is Really Good In That Place. But ASH Should Be In The Squad At Least. And ASH Have A Lot To Give BAN Team.

  • dummy4fb on September 29, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    I don't understand why dear Bangladeshi supporter are discussing about Ash. I am not in favour of the selectors decision of making Ash the captain. Ash was given enough chance to prove his worth as capt, where he has miserably failed. Some other player could have been given this opportunity. I don't undermine the contribution of Ash in the past. But past is past. If we want someone in the team who has contribution in the past then where is the development? Many good players like Inzi of Pak Ganguly of Ind Mark Waugh and Michel Beven of Aus were left out of the when they were out of form for a while. Specially Bevan the ODI match winner player was left out of the team when he was in form to accommodate new players.Friends and Ash please accept the reality. Good luck Ash and BCB Team.

  • S.S.Sagar on September 29, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    @khan51: If I Would Be MD. Ashraful, I Would Not Waste My Time Here Rather Than Practicing. I Am Just A Fan Of BAN Team Who Haven't Forget The Past, And Hoping For Better Future. But What's About U? Why Are U So Much Lunatic About ASH? Are U His Personal Enemy? @Morshed Mannan: Yes, U R Right. Sakib, Tamim As Well As Mash & Mushfiq Are Great Players. But What's About The Others? Who is consistent? @gmukhtadir: Those Match Ash helped Bangladesh to loose, Where Was The Other Players of The Team Then? A Team Cannot Do Well With Only One Man's Performance. For This BAN Need Good Player Like Tamim, Sakib, Mash, Mushfiq And Also Include ASH in The Squad.

  • dummy4fb on September 29, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Ash, you have to perform well. U are trying but u could not do this. U try again only for desh and us. Best of luck.,........

  • khan51 on September 29, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    For some reason, I have a suspicion---- this S.S.Sagar might possibly be ashraful himself in disguise. This sort of wrong english and poor rationalization very much suits his personality, I think.

    In the mean time, BCB made Ashraful the captain of Bangladesh team in Asian games too. Another missed opportunity for a young thriving bangladeshi player to get some captaincy experience. My point is, Ashraful should and must get a chance to play in this sort of less important matches, but as an ordinary player, not as a captain. I can imagine seeing him as playing for Bangladesh in near future, but can't stretch my imagination enough to see him captaining Bangladesh ever again, unless our pumpkin head BCB officials decide to follow the wrong footsteps of PCB.

  • gmukhtadir on September 28, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Ashraful must not included in Bangladesh team unless he shows a very very good domestic performance. If he helped Bangladesh to win 5 matches then he also helped Bangladesh to loose at least 100 matches with his horrible performance. We need consistent performers unlike Ashraful but like Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan.

  • S.S.Sagar on September 28, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Those Who Are Saying Against ASH, Had U Said Against Him After The Superb Match Winning Innings With AUS In 2005? After 87 With S. A.? After That Master Innings Against West Indies In T20 World Cup? Or, You Just Forgot About Those? I Can Remind That He Was The Main Headline of Newspapers After The Match With AUS. How Can U Ignore Them? Or, U Just Left Someone When His Use is Over????? ASH Is Not Yet Finished And Have A Lot To Give To BAN Team. He Just Needs Chance Continuously Without Any Pressure.

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