England in Bangladesh 2009-10 March 9, 2010

Ashraful dropped for England Tests


Bangladesh's most-capped cricketer, Mohammad Ashraful, has been omitted from the Test squad for the forthcoming series against England, after failing to convince the selectors that he is in the right frame of mind to resume his international career.

Ashraful, 25, missed last week's ODI series in a bid to recapture his form following a poor tour of New Zealand, but in consecutive first-class matches for Dhaka Division, he made 21 runs in four innings, including three ducks.

His final chance to impress the selectors came during his captaincy stint for Bangladesh A against England at Chittagong, but having managed just 1 in the first innings, he was bowled by Amjal Shahzad for 30 on the third and final morning of the match.

Ashraful has played in 53 of Bangladesh's 64 Tests to date, having made his mark with a debut century against Sri Lanka in November 2001, when he was just 16 years old. However, he has never yet featured in a home Test against England, having been dropped for the 2003 series, again due to a loss of form.

The Bangladesh selectors have named a 14-man squad which includes the centurion from the warm-up match, Raqibul Hasan, as well as no fewer than three left-arm spinners - the captain Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak and Enamul Haque Jr - in response to Kevin Pietersen's much-publicised problems against that style of bowling.

Ironically, Pietersen fell to Ashraful's spin for 20 on the final afternoon of the tour match.

Bangladesh squad Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Aftab Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Abdur Razzak, Enamul Haque Jr, Shahadat Hossain.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo. Go to http://twitter.com/miller_cricket to follow him on Twitter through the England tour of Bangladesh.

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  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    as we are having with irregular performance, none can depend on us. to some extends tamim and rahim are performing well. sakib is not in his commited form in bat as well as riad must be conscious in bowl and field. in spite of having some shortcomings we believe from our heart that we can....................aftab is to be more determined. junaid cant make the best use of the opportunity.rahim should be careful behind wicket..............fast bowlers are as like the previous time. so its the time for spinners. naim is very calm........... why

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2010, 10:25 GMT


  • sakib on March 10, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    i think Ashraful is really lucky to play so many international matchs for Bangladesh. There is no doubt about his talent. but for a team like bangladesh, dedication and commitment is more important than talent like Ashraful. He should have learnt much much more by playing almost 7-8 years long career.

    When i think about ashraful, i think he is the most talented inconsistant batsman of the world. I beleive it will be really hard for him to come back in the team as so many talented dedicate players are in the pipeline.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Just few day's before our cricket coach jame Siddons said aftab was not fit to playing in international label but still aftab is in test squad!it's just a example.This comments is well enough to break full confidence for any returner.Before included in Icl Aftab,Shahriar Nafees & Alok kapali was the regular performer by bangladeshi Side.So pls try to understand the situation we have to take them and promise to perform well then it would be better to bulid up a strong team in future.We need experience and perfomer player in test cricket not like 20/22 ages player.Unfortunately always we are shwing it's young team have to take time But how long time it's already passed 10 years so we have to stopping this procees to out of the expereince player from the team specially in test cricket.

  • Benjer on March 10, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    May be ashraful is one of the lucky player by bangladeshi side because he is only the player got huse chances from the board though was the irregular performer.In bangladesh have one traditions if any player out from the team then managment fully forget this player.Here some exam. Faisal hossain dkcence(though he is the regular performer in all types of local cricket) Rajeen Saleh,hannan sarkar,Nafees Iqbal,Tushar Imran that all players are ferforming very well but the selectors never feel that they can rebulid their career again.Actualy our managment don't know which is the main platform for player to come in internation cricket because once any palyer performing very well in domestic cricket that time our managment explain he is not well fit for international cricket so which is the best way to introduce in internation cricket & why our player playing in domestic cricket??But asraful no need to perform to keep continue in cricket team.pls think it we no need talent need performer!

  • Khaled on March 10, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Shariar Nafees: Sorry but he is a low profile player and he can bat well against weeker team. Rajin Saleh: Guys, pls dont forget the cricket is a mental game too. The way Rajin bat destroys the confidence of other batsman on dressing room. If one batsman can play some nice shoot, automatically, other batsman feels that yes, he can do it !But from Rajin saleh batting style, you never feel it. Naeem Islam: He is still not mature for test squad .. Aftab: It is a stupid decision from our selector. He is shaky in the field, let him recover his form & confidence first before adding him in test squad. If Aftab fail in test match, it will create a very negative impact on his confidence & carrer.. We should try a new batsman as replacement of Ashraful, we have many good batsman in our pipeline ..

  • Khaled on March 10, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    My personal opinion .. Shariar Nafees : He is a low profile player, he can bat only against weeker team .. Rajiz Saleh: His batting style destroys the confidence of other batsman in dressing room, dont forget that cricket is a mental game also, if other player see one batsman can play with some nice shot, it increase other's confidence automatically. Naeem : He is still not mature for Test .. Aftab: It is a very stupid decision of our selectors as now aftab is very shaky in the pitch, if he fail in test match, let him recover his form & confidence first before putting him in test squad. In replace of Ashraful, we can take a new batsman, we have so many batsman in our pipeline !

  • Avik on March 10, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    my squad 1) Tamim 2) Imrul Kayes 3) Junaid 4) Raqibul 5) Shakib 6) Mahmudullah 7) Mushfiq 8) Razzak 9) Shafiul 10) Shahadat 11) Enamul Jr.

    where is Aftab's place in the squad? he will waste his wicket after a quick fire 30-40 at best. he is not even suited for the longer format. after all these years, he only has 1 first class century. he just refuses to learn. at least ashraful plays well sometimes. all one can get from aftab is a quick 40.

    Good decision on dropping Ashraful. I think they should permanently drop him and ask him to make his way back to the squad through good performance in the domestic competition.

    Rubel should also be dropped, as all he does is leak runs and runs. nothing else.

  • Tarzan on March 10, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Right now the best combination for this test.............

    1. Tamim, 2. Kayes, 3. Shahriar Nafees, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim , 5. Shakib, 6. Mahmudullah , 7. Nayeem Islam , 8. shuvo 9. Razzak, 10. Shahadat, 11. Shofiul.

  • hasnain on March 9, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    hi everyone...n thanx to bangladeshi selectors they took a right decision at the end ashraful is not there i am so happy i know he got talent but he don't know how to use it and he don't learn from his mistake,selectors they gave ashraful so many chances but enough is enough so many players in the pipe line.selectors they can bring alok kapali and nafees in the squad i know it will take time to adjust them but they have talent and they are experienced if they can adjust as soon as possible with this present team then bangladesh will be better side for next world cup.

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