Bangladesh news January 14, 2013

Four rookies awarded BCB contracts


Four Bangladesh cricketers who made their international debut last year have been given rookie contracts in place of four experienced players in the BCB's contract players' list. All fifteen players have also been given a 10% increase in salary for 2013.

Sohag Gazi, Anamul Haque, Abul Hasan and Mominul Haque have been brought under BCB's contracts in place of Nazimuddin, Imrul Kayes, Nazmul Hossain and Shuvagata Hom.

Offspinner Gazi was the stand-out performer against West Indies, taking 12 wickets in the two-Test series as well as breakthrough performances on both Test and ODI debut. Opening batsman Anamul struck 120 in only his second one-day match while pace bowler Abul became the first No. 10 in 110 years to make a Test century on debut. Mominul impressed as a middle-order batsman in the ODI series, playing a crucial littlie innings in the deciding ODI.

The players they have replaced haven't had a great 2012 with Nazimuddin, Imrul Kayes and Shuvagata all on the fringes of national selection. Nazmul Hossain seems to be the unlucky one yet again, cut off from the central contracts despite playing important roles on occasions as well as filling in whenever required. But his own injury record probably worked against him.

Among those who have been given an extended contract from 2012, vice-captain Mahmudullah has been promoted from Grade A to Grade A+ while Nasir Hossain has been elevated from Grade B to C.

Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abdur Razzak and now Mahmudullah are in Grade A+, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam and Nasir Hossain are in Grade B while Jahurul Islam and Elias Sunny are in Grade C.

Bangladesh central contracts 2013
Grade A+: Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abdur Razzak, Mahmudullah
Grade A: none
Grade B: Rubel Hosain, Shafiul Islam, Nasir Hossain
Grade C: Jahurul Islam, Elias Sunny
Rookie: Sohag Gazi, Anamul Haque, Abul Hasan, Mominul Haque

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Mike on January 16, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Both Nazmul and Enamul Haque Junior should also be there.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on January 16, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    My goodness, BCB only contracted 15 players! Most test nations r usually contracting around 20 cricketers for national role. Dropping Nazmul wasn't a wise decision. BCB should've picked Naeem, Nafees for contract as they r still playing Test cricket. @ hasib9: totally agree with u. They must check records. But ur comparison of Enamul with fast bowlers seems illogical, he's better than Elias though.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 15, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Still cant believe Nazmul Hossain isn't there in the contract........Though he is injured but that doesn't mean that he should be thrown from the grade....Why Abul Hossain & Sunny is in the contract???Some are saying about Nafees and Junaid....Still faith on them thats really amazing from my part>>>>>By the way with 10% of increase whats the salary of our players i would like to know???

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    I don't see any reason of keeping Jahurul Islam in contract, instead I would like to see Naeem Islam.

  • RAHUL on January 14, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Naeem Islam doesn't deserve a single grade but where is Enamul Haque Jr and Nazmul Hossain? They are very very promising bowlers to BD.

  • Syed on January 14, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Once again Nazmul gets neglected, whats he done (except injury) ?! He should play Sri Lanka tour knowing that he loves playing against them! Other than that contracts look good except Nasir should get an A grade contract atleast... Test: I want saqlain sajib or Enamul, Marshal Ayub to play in it and in ODI ziaur rahman.

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    AzAb12754, Shahriar has a test hundred against Australia, how many other Bangladeshis can say that? Think the answer's zero! Also got 90 odd against Pakistan last winter, would be a good bet for number 3. Junaid isn't as talented but i remember his hundred against England a couple of years ago. He deserves another go. My first choice test XI would be Tamim, Anamul, Shahriar/Naimul, Shakib, Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah, Nasir, Elias/Enamul, Sohag, Shafiul, Nazmul. For ODIs bring in Shahriar for Naimul at 3, Razzak for Elias or Enamul, and Mashrafe for Shafiul.

  • RAFSAN on January 14, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Shafiul is of no use. Neither he has pace nor the accuracy of both line and length. Rubel has pace but doesnt get the line and length right that a first bowler needs. Hardly bowl a yorker.

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    @JamesBond...BCB just don't know much about Cricket shouldn't be surprised despite Nazmul success in the Asia Cup.