Dhaka Premier Division 2013 September 22, 2013

Shamshur makes case for Bangladesh squad


Shamsur Rahman has chosen the biggest stage in Bangladesh's domestic cricket to re-launch his bid for a place in the senior side. His unbeaten century in the Dhaka derby tilted the result towards Mohammedan Sporting Club who beat Abahani by two wickets. The innings came at a time when the national selectors are looking at more top-order options ahead of a crucial series against New Zealand next month, and for the remainder of the 2013-14 home season.

After the match-winning innings which also helped Mohammedan become the only side in the league to complete three wins out of three, Shamsur remained cautious of his chances ahead. He emphasised on his better fitness, which has been questioned lately.

"Definitely the innings is one of the best in my career," Shamsur said. "But I am not looking very far, as far as the national team is concerned. There are many matches for the national team ahead and I am sure that I will get my opportunity.

"I think I am extremely fit because of the fitness training camp for the national members. The hard work is surely paying off. But along with that I also worked with my batting as I failed to capitalise the fifties into big score."

It was also comeback innings of sorts for Shamsur, who had run into poor form in the last few months. After a productive BPL 2013 where he averaged 42.10, scored six fifties and was second-highest Bangladeshi scorer, Shamsur's tour with Bangladesh A wasn't up to the mark. He batted at 27.71 in seven matches, with two fifties.

Bangladesh will go into the New Zealand series with empty spots in the top-order, particularly No 3, after Mohammad Ashraful's suspension. Shamsur has however opened the innings in the three Twenty20s he has played for the country so far. Jahurul Islam and Anamul Haque are incumbents in the job but Shamsur's claim has become stronger after Sunday's knock.

Anamul missed the Zimbabwe tour in May, Bangladesh's last assignment, due to college exams, but the young batsman is expected to take up the position against New Zealand in the limited overs matches. Jahurul looked compact in Sri Lanka, but he made only 91 runs in four innings in Zimbabwe. He is also without a Test half-century and will be under pressure to keep his place in the upcoming Test series. Shahriar Nafees and Junaid Siddique have played both as an opener and No 3, and batting positions are likely to give the selectors some headache.

What would help Shamsur is his matured approach in this high-pressure contest, at least locally, where the battle of prestige takes precedence over everything else. He was batting at No 4, a position he is not too familiar with in any form of the game. And despite being overshadowed by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mohammad Nabi during partnerships, it was his cool exterior that held Abahani at bay.

"It was extremely pleasing to score runs in the biggest match of the competition. In the first half, the ball was coming a bit slowly but the wicket became flat in the second innings. I believed that if only I could bat till the end we would come as victorious," he said.

Mohammedan captain Mashrafe Mortaza praised Shamsur, particularly mentioning the two crucial partnerships after they lost two early wickets. "It was an unbelievable innings from [Shamsur Rahman] Shuvo. It was very important that he finishes the game while at the crease. He was supported by Dilshan and Nabi, who made up for a top-order failure. I thought it was a good chase," he said.

Shamsur is likely to feature in the three-day practice match against New Zealand early next month, and despite his caution, it will be a spot in the Bangladesh team that he will keep his eye on later this season.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    My Test XI : Tamim,Anamul,Nayeem,Mushfiq,Nasir,Shakib,Zia/Mahmadulla,Gazi,Enamul,Robiul,Al-Amin. My Odi XI : Tamim,Shamsur,Anamul,Shakib,Mushfiq,Nasir,Zia/Mominul,Gazi,Mashrafe,Razzak,Rubel My T20 : Same as ODI. Rubel and Al-amin both are performing in DPL and i think both of them deserves a chance but at different formats, otherwise they'll be a victim of Injuries if they are given a chance to play in all of the formats.

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    i think marshal ayub,nayeem must be included in test squad...........my teams are

    for test: tamim,nayeem,marshal,musfiq,sakib,riad/mominul,nasir,gazi,robiul,razzak,rubel.......shamsur,al amin,zia stanby

    for odi: tamim,shamsur/anamul,nayeem,sakib,musfiq,nasir,riad,masrafee,gazi,razzak,nazmul/safiul.standby-mominul,zia

    for t20: tamim,shamsur,anamul/sabbir,sakib,musfiq,riad,nasir,gazi,masrafee,razzak,nazmull.stanby- zia,summo sarkar,safiul

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    I think the upcoming New Zealand's toure in Bangladesh is very important for our test status and test ranking as well.

    and this should be the best test squad for BD Cricket team according to my Judgement:

    1. Tamim 2. Enamul 3. Shamsur 4. Mushfiq 5. Shakib 6. Mahmudullah 7. Nasir 8. Gazi 9. Razzak 10. Mashrafi 11. Robiul 12. Nafees 13. Mominul

    and Rubel & Shafiul can be on extra....

  • Syed on September 23, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Jahrul has become useless. He should be nowhere near the national team as his national, domestic and A team performances have been poor. Shamsur I think is good at home/flat tracks but will have trouble in seaming conditions as well as Anamul. Anamul should play in the ODI'S and T20s but not yet ready for tests. Nafees should take his chance and Marshall Ayub MUST get a chance.

  • Shoaib on September 23, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    This is should be BD ODI 11 for New Zealand and 2014 - Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Riyad, Ziaur, Mashrafe, Razzak and Nazmul/Gazi/Shafiul.

  • Aminur on September 23, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I believe Shamshur is a good prospect for bangladesh. He can easily bat at No-3, the position we are worry about. I think top three should be chose from Tamim,Anamul,Shamsur and Junaid for the upcoming New Zealand series. But I think Anamul has some problems on technique, so he can bat at No.3 with Shamsur at opening, as Shamsur is more mature than Anamul and his technique is better. After the top three, at No-4, Mushfiq is perfect as well as Sakib at No-5. But in test Sakib should bat No-6 as he has to bowl a lot of overs.

  • Chris on September 23, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    What has Jahurul done? he hasn't even scored 1 50 in all the games played against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka and usually starts collapses in our batting line-up. He had a miserable A tour to England and still his poor form is continuing in DPL. He had far to many chances and is just not cut out for the team. All he has done for Bangladesh is score 1 50 against an Indian bowling attack. I can assure you if selectors pick ordinary payers like him then Bangladesh has no chance against New Zealand. Performing players like Mominul and Shamsur should be given a long run in the team.

  • Shipu on September 23, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Oh no! can't believe the likes of Jahurul, Shahriar, Junaid may still be considered despite their terrible record in the national team and poor form as of late. Its players like these which is costing the team. Instead of them, go for the new youngsters or improved players like Naeem, Anamul, Shmasur and Mominul. The last time New Zealand came to Bangladesh, they were thrashed 4-0. The least we expect from Bangladesh in test series is 0-0 but must not lose to them. Most of the players in New Zealand A tours recently are not even in the New Zealand squad for this series anyway :)

  • yuvraj on September 23, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Bangladesh still looks weak. I would say NZ have a better bowling attack compared to last time they toured to BD. NZ bowlers won a test match in SL and troubled most of the Indian batsman in their home grounds. Also the A team tours to India and SL would definitely gave them some practice ahead of the BD tour. So I dont see Nz having any problems with this BD team.

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    For the New Zealand test series this should be the squad according to my judgement:

    Tamim, Shakib,Nasir, Razzak, Enamul,Gazi,Mashrafe, Rubel,Robiul, Mushfiq,Anamul/Jahurul/Shamsur/Nafees, Mahmudullah, Marshall,Mominul,Naeem.

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