Bangladesh in Ireland 2012 July 2, 2012

Shakib, Shafiul return for Ireland T20s

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Bangladesh have brought back allrounder Shakib Al Hasan and medium-pacer Shafiul Islam to their squad for the Twenty20 matches in Ireland and the Netherlands in July. Teenage batsman Anamul Haque and allrounder Farhad Reza are the omissions from the squad that failed to make the final of the Twenty20 tri-series in Zimbabwe. Shakib had been rested for the tri-series.

Akram Khan, Bangladesh's chief selector, said Anamul had been left out so he could focus on the upcoming Under-19 World Cup in Australia this August. "He [Anamul Haque] has a lot of time and I think if he plays in the age-level World Cup, it will bring more maturity to his game," Akram said. Anamul scored only 16 runs in three matches during the T20s in Harare.

Shafiul returned to the side after being sidelined by a shoulder injury he sustained during the Asia Cup in March. "We have always maintained that we are not in favour of major changes in the team," Akram said. "Shafiul is one of our first-choice pace bowlers so his return will be a boost."

The tour begins with a three-match series against Ireland between July 18 and 21 in Belfast. The second leg is at The Hague, where Bangladesh play Scotland on July 24 and Netherlands on July 25. It will be Bangladesh's second preparatory tour ahead of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September.

Squad Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Elias Sunny, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Abul Hasan.

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  • on July 5, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Where are the people that said Afghanistan had more talented players than Bangladesh? - Afghanistan losing by 59 runs to Ireland today does not really back up your claims guys? :)

  • wiseshah on July 5, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    its funny to see people citicise bangladesh. just remember last one day series---they beat india and srilanka--world cup winner and runner up and with pakistan--it was any one's game. BD played superb in asia cup and in last t20--they beat south africa and zimbabwe. so all the criticism should be stopped. stop criticising for past failure--they were new team and no experience then

  • DecisionPending_BD on July 5, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    I would like to see Bangladesh win all 5 matches but still Ireland has a chance to win against Ban at least one t20. Besides Holland, Scotland are good teams too. some peoples are saying Bangladesh will lose at match in europe..... bla...bla.. But didnt Bangladesh beaten England in 2010 and Pakistan in 1999 WC. Yap, I'm agreed that even Bangladesh will lose at least one t20 against any of these associates, that will not be tolerated. Though I dont think this series is an idle preparation for the upcoming T20 WC in SL

  • on July 4, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    I think the results of the series will be 2-1 to BD!! n i think BD will lose the 1st match as it takes tym to settle in a new condition. gud luck 2 both teams.

  • Fazle_Rabbee on July 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    To Mr Lord_Dravid: if one full member plays against 1 match against a associate country and loose, it does not mean that the team is not improving. Pakistan lost against Ireland in WC, that means Ireland is better than Pakistan? Ridiculous thoughts. Winning in a regular basis against the top teams is the issue to look at. Bangladesh is doing exactly the same. Still a long way to go but that long way will come in a 'short time' we hope. Enjoy the game buddy!!!!!

  • Breaking_Point on July 4, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Lord__Rabbit@ i think u missed my point! & talking about winning- asia cup wasn't a fluke- & how'll they prove it if they loose to associates?huh? I think u forgot what happened last tym when even the Netherlands beat Bd!! Don't u think the fans deserve more for supporting relentlessly even in the worst tyms????for a team that is yet to be a dominent force & finding it hard to sustain their consistency,such tours should be a walk in the park to prove the worth of the "TEST STATUS"!! & hey who said ind sl r bad?

  • FOTO on July 3, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    SHAFIUL IS SO BAD! Bring back Farhad Reza, Shafiul is only good SOMETIMES. He is just as a risk of taking Sreesanth... I am a BD fan and I don't think its a good idea of bringing Shafiul back in. Farhad atleast could get a wicket.

  • Lord__Rabbit on July 3, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @Lord___Dravid, you are not the one to decide who wins what game. For your information a team can win by performing well in the field. It can be Ireland or Holland, doesn't matter. Bangladesh played well in Asia cup and beat India and Srilanka. So that doesn't mean India and Srilanka are bad teams.

  • on July 3, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid...Its clear you're not fond of Bangladesh Cricket which is fine as everyone is entitled to their 'opinion' but just want to say though Bangladesh may no where near be as strong as India in Cricket, they are at least trying and improving plus also like to remind you that this was a nation or a group of people that showed great respect to Sachin Tendulker when he achieved his 100 100th.

  • on July 3, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Very unlikely Bangladesh will get to the final let alone winning the World T20 Championship but as long as we get past the group stages and perform reasonably well in the super group stages then it just shows Bangladesh can finally compete at the top level. Honestly can't see New Zealand progressing past the group stages because they're very bad on slow wickets mind you this was a team that got banglawashed 4-0 by Bangladesh. Great to see Shakib back!

  • on July 5, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Where are the people that said Afghanistan had more talented players than Bangladesh? - Afghanistan losing by 59 runs to Ireland today does not really back up your claims guys? :)

  • wiseshah on July 5, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    its funny to see people citicise bangladesh. just remember last one day series---they beat india and srilanka--world cup winner and runner up and with pakistan--it was any one's game. BD played superb in asia cup and in last t20--they beat south africa and zimbabwe. so all the criticism should be stopped. stop criticising for past failure--they were new team and no experience then

  • DecisionPending_BD on July 5, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    I would like to see Bangladesh win all 5 matches but still Ireland has a chance to win against Ban at least one t20. Besides Holland, Scotland are good teams too. some peoples are saying Bangladesh will lose at match in europe..... bla...bla.. But didnt Bangladesh beaten England in 2010 and Pakistan in 1999 WC. Yap, I'm agreed that even Bangladesh will lose at least one t20 against any of these associates, that will not be tolerated. Though I dont think this series is an idle preparation for the upcoming T20 WC in SL

  • on July 4, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    I think the results of the series will be 2-1 to BD!! n i think BD will lose the 1st match as it takes tym to settle in a new condition. gud luck 2 both teams.

  • Fazle_Rabbee on July 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    To Mr Lord_Dravid: if one full member plays against 1 match against a associate country and loose, it does not mean that the team is not improving. Pakistan lost against Ireland in WC, that means Ireland is better than Pakistan? Ridiculous thoughts. Winning in a regular basis against the top teams is the issue to look at. Bangladesh is doing exactly the same. Still a long way to go but that long way will come in a 'short time' we hope. Enjoy the game buddy!!!!!

  • Breaking_Point on July 4, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Lord__Rabbit@ i think u missed my point! & talking about winning- asia cup wasn't a fluke- & how'll they prove it if they loose to associates?huh? I think u forgot what happened last tym when even the Netherlands beat Bd!! Don't u think the fans deserve more for supporting relentlessly even in the worst tyms????for a team that is yet to be a dominent force & finding it hard to sustain their consistency,such tours should be a walk in the park to prove the worth of the "TEST STATUS"!! & hey who said ind sl r bad?

  • FOTO on July 3, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    SHAFIUL IS SO BAD! Bring back Farhad Reza, Shafiul is only good SOMETIMES. He is just as a risk of taking Sreesanth... I am a BD fan and I don't think its a good idea of bringing Shafiul back in. Farhad atleast could get a wicket.

  • Lord__Rabbit on July 3, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @Lord___Dravid, you are not the one to decide who wins what game. For your information a team can win by performing well in the field. It can be Ireland or Holland, doesn't matter. Bangladesh played well in Asia cup and beat India and Srilanka. So that doesn't mean India and Srilanka are bad teams.

  • on July 3, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid...Its clear you're not fond of Bangladesh Cricket which is fine as everyone is entitled to their 'opinion' but just want to say though Bangladesh may no where near be as strong as India in Cricket, they are at least trying and improving plus also like to remind you that this was a nation or a group of people that showed great respect to Sachin Tendulker when he achieved his 100 100th.

  • on July 3, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Very unlikely Bangladesh will get to the final let alone winning the World T20 Championship but as long as we get past the group stages and perform reasonably well in the super group stages then it just shows Bangladesh can finally compete at the top level. Honestly can't see New Zealand progressing past the group stages because they're very bad on slow wickets mind you this was a team that got banglawashed 4-0 by Bangladesh. Great to see Shakib back!

  • siponus2007 on July 3, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    damn return with sakib, firey ashraful and also speedstar masraffie this teamm look like better than ever , where bangladesh beating south africa really easily i wonder what ireland willl do rite here , now bangladesh has 4 to 5 genuine world class batsman like tamim iqbal , sakib al hasan , ashraful , mahmudullah riad , with best spin attack of razzak and sakib , anyways goodluck to ireland tho

  • Breaking_Point on July 3, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Bangladesh must win 'em 5-0... At this point,loosing to Associates won't be tolerated!!

  • on July 3, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @Natesan333...Yeah but the only reason I said that because a lot of ignorant and jealous people of Bangladesh's Cricket laugh at the fact that Bangladesh do not have a place on the T20 ranking table but that's because Bangladesh barely even play T20s so that climb will end these kind of silly claims once and for all.

  • on July 3, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    lord_dravid, stop commenting, if u have no idea about cricket. i think you still didn't recover from the asia cup and world cup 2007. India was thrown out by BD. India is nothing outside India.

  • Refat on July 3, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    This time mominul & alauddin babu should get chance.this is the right time to see their perfrom.I hope Mominul will do some thing better than other.

  • satish619chandar on July 3, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Shakib shouldn't have been rested at all at the first though for a unofficial tournament.. Winning is a feeling and the team should have been focussed on each and every game.. Good that he is back now.. Will provide more solidity in all the departments..

  • joynal693 on July 3, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    I think conditions of IRELAND favors Ziaur Rahman. He could have been one of the good allrounder we are looking for. Now a days, a fast bowling allrounder is an automatic choice for any team whatever the condition is. So, he should have been motivated & improvised. Once he could have been our Shane Watson or Angelo Mathews.

  • Natesan333 on July 2, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    @ahmed hussain I am glad you are happy about the possibility of BD being in top 5 of T20 rankings..........btw weren't you the one who said T20 is not real cricket? Good luck though!!

  • Lord__Rabbit on July 2, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Bangladesh team is wasting their time to play against Ireland, Scotland and Holland. It would be better to select 30 players from Bangladesh, make two teams and play with each other.

  • on July 2, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    I've almost forgot, if Bangladesh win all the 5 or so matches in their coming T20 clashes, they will move inside the top 5 of the World T20 rankings.

  • on July 2, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Lord Dravid- If your here to insult ones country because of their cricketing strength than don't comment about Bangladesh at all we made history too! Not just india so don't rub us in thx you! And uh if i recalled we beat you guys in the Asia cup??? Sachins (100) Yeah i thought so... IRELAND DO YOUR BEST LOVE YOU GUYS TOO WANNA SEE YOU PLAY! :) We beat South Africa in a T20 triangular cup also which you failed to do in the Wonders T20

  • Ibra95 on July 2, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    y keeping abul hasan? he should be in the under 19 team...like anamul haque. well annyway bd will loose to ireland!!!lol!!!

  • on July 2, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Good to see Shakib back ... best of luck!!

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on July 2, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    XI Should be- 1.Tamim Iqbal 2.Ashraful 3.Jahurul Islam 4.Mushfiqur Rahim 5.Shakib Al hasan 6.Nasir Hossain 7.Mahmudullah 8.Mashrafe 9.Abdur Razzak 10.Nazmul Hossain 11.Elias Sunny........

  • Lord_Dravid on July 2, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Ireland are potentially better than BD but can't always field a full strength team because a few of their players are away playing county cricket in england. But i think ireland will still win anyway because they have couple of power hitters and they'll be more than a challenge to bangladesh. Bangladesh haven't really improved despite playing many international games with all the resources/facilities in the last 12 years. I think they've only won like 5-10 games in the last 20 years lol. I think the ICC and BCCI need to divert all their resources to ireland and afghanistan, who have a better chance to prove themselves in shorter amount of time.

  • loki897 on July 2, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Bangladesh: 1.Tamim Iqbal, 2. Mohammad Ashraful, 3. Nasir Hossain, 4. Mushifqur Rahim (wk), 5. Shakib Al Hasan, 6. Mahmuddullah, 7. Junaid Siqqique, 8. Nazmul Hossain, 9. Shaiful Islam, 10. Mashrafe Mortaza, 11. Abdur Razzak/Elias Sunny Bowling: Overs Shaiful 4 Nazmul 4 Mortaza 4 Shakib 4 Specialist Spinner 4 Mahmdullah can bowl some overs if a bowler is expensive or if Bangladesh needs to break a 40+ run partnership.

    Ireland XI: William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Alex Cusack, Niall O'Brien, Kevin O'Brien, Mark Sorensen, Andrew White, Trent Johnston, Monney, George Dockrelll, Tim Murtagh

    Bowling: Overs Murtagh 4 Johnston 4 Monney 4 Stirling 4 Dockrell 4

    Extra Bowlers: Kevin O'Brien, Andrew White, Alex Cusack

  • on July 2, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Thank God they retained Ashrafull Hope he consolidates and keeps his place intact viz performance.Come on Ash You are still BD's best bid.

  • on July 2, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Akram Khan is clever when it comes to selection even I would've picked the same squad its all about getting the balance right. I can't really see Scotland or the Netherlands winning but Ireland definitely has a chance of beating Bangladesh but anyway, best wishes to all teams in the upcoming series.

  • britishcricketfan on July 2, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    this is great news. shafiul has performed well on many occasions but he still needs to be more economical and needs to bowl more toe-crunching yorkers. hopefully shakib's had a good rest...

  • on July 2, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    da BOSS (shakib) iz back !!!

  • wiseshah on July 2, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    reza should be kept and abul hasan should be out.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on July 2, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Now no fan can say that it's a weakened BD side. They r now at their full strength. Let's see how they can face European Condition against top associates.

  • FOTO on July 2, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I MEAN KEEP REZA HE IS MUCH BETTER!

  • FOTO on July 2, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    NO! SHAFIUL IS SO BAD! HE IS ONLY GOOD IN SOME OCCASIONS.... HE IS GONNA MESS UP OUR CHANCES! BRING BACK ZIAUR RAHMAN!

  • EnglishCricket on July 2, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    As for the prediction for the three match series of IRE-BAN, I actually have a funny feeling as long as the weather holds will be a very close contest between the two team and I reckon Ireland will win this 2-1 but it will be very close. Paul Stirling is one exciting young batsman in World Cricket so Bangladesh must be wary of him because if you watched him in English T20 for Middlesex, he can take the game away from you. I hope in the coming World T20, the likes of Zimbabwe, Ireland etc all do well and prove their worth.

  • EnglishCricket on July 2, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    The perfect squad for Bangladesh its all balanced even if there are a few or so injuries. Can't wait to see Shakib back into action and see him play his all round game. Bangladesh must never underestimate any of those teams especially Ireland because they will win simple as that if Bangladesh have that kind of attitude so its important Bangladesh are mentally and physically prepared. This is how the first 11 should be for Bangladesh's matches at least against Ireland 01.Tamim, 02.Ashraful, 03.Rahim, 04.Shakib, 05.Mahmudullah, 06.Nasir, 07.Rahman, 08. Mortaza, 09. Razzaq, 10.Sunny, 11.Shafiul.

  • asiacricket1234 on July 2, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Good to see them back. I hope Rubel will be fit before World Cup :)

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  • asiacricket1234 on July 2, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Good to see them back. I hope Rubel will be fit before World Cup :)

  • EnglishCricket on July 2, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    The perfect squad for Bangladesh its all balanced even if there are a few or so injuries. Can't wait to see Shakib back into action and see him play his all round game. Bangladesh must never underestimate any of those teams especially Ireland because they will win simple as that if Bangladesh have that kind of attitude so its important Bangladesh are mentally and physically prepared. This is how the first 11 should be for Bangladesh's matches at least against Ireland 01.Tamim, 02.Ashraful, 03.Rahim, 04.Shakib, 05.Mahmudullah, 06.Nasir, 07.Rahman, 08. Mortaza, 09. Razzaq, 10.Sunny, 11.Shafiul.

  • EnglishCricket on July 2, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    As for the prediction for the three match series of IRE-BAN, I actually have a funny feeling as long as the weather holds will be a very close contest between the two team and I reckon Ireland will win this 2-1 but it will be very close. Paul Stirling is one exciting young batsman in World Cricket so Bangladesh must be wary of him because if you watched him in English T20 for Middlesex, he can take the game away from you. I hope in the coming World T20, the likes of Zimbabwe, Ireland etc all do well and prove their worth.

  • FOTO on July 2, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    NO! SHAFIUL IS SO BAD! HE IS ONLY GOOD IN SOME OCCASIONS.... HE IS GONNA MESS UP OUR CHANCES! BRING BACK ZIAUR RAHMAN!

  • FOTO on July 2, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I MEAN KEEP REZA HE IS MUCH BETTER!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on July 2, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Now no fan can say that it's a weakened BD side. They r now at their full strength. Let's see how they can face European Condition against top associates.

  • wiseshah on July 2, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    reza should be kept and abul hasan should be out.

  • on July 2, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    da BOSS (shakib) iz back !!!

  • britishcricketfan on July 2, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    this is great news. shafiul has performed well on many occasions but he still needs to be more economical and needs to bowl more toe-crunching yorkers. hopefully shakib's had a good rest...

  • on July 2, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Akram Khan is clever when it comes to selection even I would've picked the same squad its all about getting the balance right. I can't really see Scotland or the Netherlands winning but Ireland definitely has a chance of beating Bangladesh but anyway, best wishes to all teams in the upcoming series.