Bangladesh news August 15, 2014

BCB picks strong team for Asian Games


Bangladesh will be sending strong teams for both the men's and women's cricket events in next month's Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The BCB has not named a captain yet, but the front runners to lead the men's squad are Mashrafe Mortaza and Tamim Iqbal, as Mushfiqur Rahim dropped out himself because of his impending wedding next month.

Seam-bowling allrounder Muktar Ali is the only uncapped player in the men's squad. He was part of the 25-man preliminary squad that trained ahead of the upcoming West Indies series.

The men's team will be looking to defend the gold medal they won in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou, which remains Bangladesh's only first-place finish in the history of the game. From that team, five players have been retained - Shamsur Rahman, Mithun Ali, Nasir Hossain, Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury and Sabbir Rahman, who played a match-winning innings in the final against Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka have also announced a strong squad, which contains just four uncapped players. The team will be led by Lahiru Thirimanne, and includes a number of seniors like Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis.

Nepal, Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives and the hosts South Korea are the other eight teams participating in the event.

For Bangladesh women, the aim will be to better their silver-medal performance from the last Asian Games. They have made only one change from their last assignment, the women's World T20, with Shamima Sultana making way for Shahnaz Parvin.

Men's squad: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun Ali, Shamsur Rahman, Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Arafat Sunny, Mashrafe Mortaza, Muktar Ali, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed

Women's squad: Rumana Ahmed, Shaila Sharmin, Lata Mondol, Khadiza Tul Kubra, Fargana Haque, Salma Khatun, Panna Ghosh, Nuzhat Tasnia, Jahanara Alam, Ayesha Rahman, Fahima Khatun, Sanjida Islam, Sharmin Akter Supta, Shohaly Akther, Shahnaz Parvin

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Why Mominul Haque is not in the squad? We need a young captain for coming future.

  • Obaidur on August 17, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Captaincy should be given to Anamul Hoque or Nasir Hossain. Because Tamim and Mashrafee are tested. We need freshers to lead the team as well. Need to win the tittle to give some hope to the supporters. Think so......

  • Subterraneo on August 16, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    After the horror show in the last few months, BD cricket needs to put up some good results, even if it is in the Asian games. Maybe that is why a strong team is being picked.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on August 16, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Is it for Asian Games or Asian Cup? They've picked 11 of 15 cricketers who'll play ODIs vs WI. Only Mushy, Razzak, Mominul and Rubel have been missed out! Actually BD haven't picked only 3 senior players for the Asian Games- Mushfiq, Razzak & Shakib (for ban).

  • Tapa on August 15, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal is a good chap and i believe he will do his job nicely. Average BD cricket supporters are short tempered. They are forgetting Tamim's contribution of bringing Bangladesh team upto the standard they are proud of. He probably did not make that amount of low score/duck than the legendary Dilshan and yet Srilankan back him for every match. Does that means BD cricket supporters understand less cricket?? Bangladesh team is still young and so his (Tamim's) experience is not adequate. He is in the stage of coming back to his form. My support is with him along with rest of the players. Also best of luck Salma and her team.

  • Android on August 15, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    I hope Nepal will make a good impact in these games.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Nothing wrong with the team except Tamim Iqbal. Tamim needs a break. More importantly he alone is enough to ruin the entire team.

  • ESPN on August 15, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    SL select the weakest legends this time..just the young malinga ..

  • Android on August 15, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    when are the Asian games???

  • Android on August 15, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    where is mushfiqur rahim?

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