Bangladesh in Ireland 2012 July 2, 2012

Shakib, Shafiul return for Ireland T20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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? :)

  • shahadat 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

  • Shakil 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Khandaker Soyeb 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!!!!!

  • Tanvirul hoque 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?

  • RAHUL 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.

  • Sharosh 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

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