Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong March 10, 2010

Raqibul Hasan quits international cricket

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Bangladesh's plans for the first Test against England have been thrown into disarray after Raqibul Hasan, the 22-year-old middle-order batsman, retired from international cricket on the eve of the series.

Cricinfo understands that Raqibul is angered by his omission from the preliminary 30-man World Twenty20 squad as well as the recent one-day series against England and has decided to make a stand, but there was also a disagreement between the board and the selectors over his original place in the Test squad.

He informed his team-mates of his decision on the team bus after practice on Wednesday. "We tried to tell him that it was a bad idea," a team insider told Cricinfo. "He's very young and we tried to talk him out of a rash decision. "

The board had wanted Raqibul to be dropped for the Tests against England along with Mohammad Ashraful, who was omitted from the squad having also missed the one-day series. However, he impressed for Bangladesh A against England in the warm-up match when he followed his first-innings unbeaten 107 with 51 and was duly named in the Test party.

"The selectors were told by the board to drop Raqibul and Ashraful from the Test squad," a BCB insider told Cricinfo. "The selectors refused to drop Raqibul after he scored a century and a fifty in the warm-up game at Chittagong and Raqibul has returned to Dhaka feeling that his position in the team is compromised."

Raqibul was inked in for a middle-order slot against England, ironically as a replacement for Ashraful, having previously been dropped following a lean series against India in January. He has played seven Tests with a top score of 65 against West Indies and averages 19.14.

"He wrote a letter to us this morning, withdrawing himself from the Test series against England. He also announced his retirement from all forms of cricket," Bangladesh cricket board director Jalal Yunus told AFP. "It has stunned us. He is a brilliant cricketer and played two superb knocks against England just days back. Coach Jamie Siddons and Raqibul's parents tried to change his mind. But he is adamant."

Cricinfo understands that Jahurul Islam, the uncapped 23-year-old batsman, has been called into the squad following an impressive performance in the National Cricket League final, which finished on Wednesday, where he scored 59 and 117 for Rajshahi Division who took the title against Chittagong Division.

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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  • schumanth007 on March 11, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Is this guy (raqibul) blackmailing the selectors..what does he think about himself...such people shud never be given another chance and shud be thrown out for ever...

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 11, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Very immature even for a 22 yr. old. I don't think Bang will miss him because immaturity in their batting has been costing them. He's just 1 of the many talented batsmen floating around and will be replaced instantly.

  • Bearded_Lefty on March 11, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    what an idiot. Part of being a sports professional is earning the right, even when some doubt you. Silly, silly, silly boy

  • dummy4fb on March 11, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    we wish Raqibul will reconsider his decision.we also listen his side of story ... what is really going on team which even we don't know... hope every thing will be OK ... we don't want to follow the footsteps of Pakistan ...

  • gihanfu2 on March 11, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Not at all immature. I think its a very mature and thoughtful decision. This because he knows he will be yo-yoed by the selectors and probably end up half-way through his career hurt and demotivated. Raqibul is young and he might well take up his studies than go on this rocky path. I sincerely hope he does well in life.

  • Elrond on March 11, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Another Pakistan in the making! Wonder what's with these countries and boards!

  • benjer on March 11, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Schocking dicision made by Rokibul.Pls come back again as you need for Bangladesh.It's something wrong with managment & selectors as well coach & captain.pls do something now otherwise it will be big effect for future & cricketer's will be loose their interest to play in national team.Pls come all four department together & think abt Bangladeshi cricket.

  • nishpapjibon on March 11, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    VRY BAD NEWS FOR BANGLADESH TEAM.IN NEED HE TOOK RETIREMENT.IN 2ND DOWN HE PLAYED WELL.THOUGH HE WAS NOT PLAYING GOOD FRM SOME MATCHES.IT OCCURS TO EVRY CRICKETER.EVERYONE CANNOT PLAY.BUT BANGLADESH NEED HIM.HIS DECISSION WAS NOT GOOD.I VIL REQUEST BCB TO MAKE MEETING VIT HIM.N ASK HIM WHT HE NEED??.BY THIS HE CAN BE BROUGHT BACK..I THINK

  • dummy4fb on March 11, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    I dont b'live that its a immature decision.....just try to think what happen behind the story!!!!????

    may be somebody of BCB forced him out to take such a decision; getting out of the side...the reason why he had to take such a decision....

    I hope u people can remember what BCB cheif commented few weeks before against the players' commitment...!!!!!can u remember pls....????

    just recall.....

    bangladeshi cricketers are smarter than Pakis'......no doubt AT ALL.....!!!!

    only BCB can solve this unwanted situation....cuz I B'live this DRAMA[!!!] has been playing by BCB....they forced to do so..........

    Roquibul....u rocks!!!!!!!

  • manasvi_lingam on March 11, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Very peculiar. Why would a 22 yr old retire just because he was dropped temporarily? In that case even Philip Hughes and all those other promising 20-22 year olds must retire too.

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