Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong

Raqibul Hasan quits international cricket

Andrew Miller in Chittagong

March 10, 2010

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Raqibul Hasan sweeps during his unbeaten 107, Bangladesh A v England XI, tour match, Chittagong, 1st day, March 7, 2010
Raqibul Hasan caused England's bowlers problems in the warm-up game but won't be facing them in the Test match © BCB Media
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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.

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Posted by 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...

Posted by _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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   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 ...

Posted by 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.

Posted by Elrond on (March 11, 2010, 12:43 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by nishpapjibon on (March 11, 2010, 10:57 GMT)


Posted by   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' 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!!!!!!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 6:24 GMT)

Respect his decision. He is young and can even excel in some other career field. Cricket is not the only career/sporting option for youngsters. There have been instances in the past,where many have weighed options, bureaucracy and decided to opt out to be relieved from frustration and never regretted. If he does regret, than maybe he will become wiser and mature.Cheers

Posted by tigerrulez on (March 11, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

Lotus Kamal - the BCB chief is the guy who is responsible for this. He should be sued else BD cricket will perish. I dont understand why is this guy made chief of such important position, is it just another example of our nasty politics? He still remains the president of a local club Abahoni even though he is the head of BCB. How come a person holds two key position of same sport?

Posted by JAYDE6 on (March 11, 2010, 5:25 GMT)

The BCB should take blame for what happened, though I feel Raqibul has taken an extreme step. Even though the selectors vouched for Raqibul, the stupid BCB thought otherwise. Dropping Ashraful is justified, but not Raqibul. If that is the criteria, then all the batsmen should have been dropped. Just hope the BCB is not going the PCB way. This is an unfortunate situation for a fledging test nation.

Posted by BDHUNTER on (March 11, 2010, 5:10 GMT)

Unlike 1971,bangladeshi get deprive,punished,steam roled by pakistani but whatever the situation they fight together,Have patient to come back strongly for grave victory to set a freedom of a country,to give birth of a country.They r so dedicated But now a days our young generation is so simple,they like to re-act quickly, show hardly any patient. Raqib it is not a bed of roses,it's the game play by which a country is re-presenting to the world, any oppurtuanity come to work for country it's matter of proud.Take the guideness from ur parents,ur mother who holds u to give birth ,she get so panic,so pain then she can ignore ur birth, but she shows patient to give birth to his child,they have expectation for u,U have no right to deprive them as well as deprive a nation. If u have the quality u will come again n again ,and if have no then try hard to achieve that.It all that cricket means. "we have many people who talks bad behide us, but if u find the bad ,u can count small

Posted by dmqi on (March 11, 2010, 4:59 GMT)

This 22 years must be crazy to announce his retirement. He can not take things in his hand to be selected or not. No player should think his position is permanent in all forms. This attitude must go. Let him retire, someone will fill up his slot. If he wants to come back, he should express his regret for his emotional decision. Set an example for the future.

Posted by Criket_vokto on (March 11, 2010, 4:57 GMT)

BCB should not begg to this arrogant guy! What the hell happened all over sudden to him that he has to retire? This is like blackmailing the national team. Roquibul should applogige to the nation and comeback to play for the nation. -- It's not fun to change your mind with the direction of the wind and whenever you like and put the team in trouble! If you had to to quit, you should have mentioned it earlier and another player could be tested properly.

Posted by brlara on (March 11, 2010, 4:32 GMT)

Youngest test centurion,, youngest 5 wkt or 10 wkt haul in the match, youngest debutant,,,, WELL add the following to the above tab,,, youngest to retire,,, he want to create a new record I guess,,

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 4:19 GMT)

What a shame ! Hope reason prevails all around !

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 3:58 GMT)

What shame BCB!!!!!!!!!Something wrong some where????BCB and PCB acting same and learn..please....

Posted by swat1999 on (March 11, 2010, 3:48 GMT)

It is too eary for Raqibul, foolish and act by anger, You need lot of patient and courage while be a Test Cricket, things again.....

Posted by apaar.garg on (March 11, 2010, 3:38 GMT)

careers start at 22, dont end at this age. such a !@#$&@& decision

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 11, 2010, 3:36 GMT)

This must not be a joke, I suppose... No matter what the selectors do, this must be professionals playing for their birthland. Mr. Raquibul H: We the bangalees are full of counterproductive emotions... you are a clear example of that. At 22 years kid, getting national call, puting that down and leaving the whole career and future in turmoil... you got to be kidding. You can put down your parents, you can put down your friends and family, you can put down your country on false ego. But you can never hide the fact that you are part of all of them, and life goes on, cricket goes on, and a time will come when you realize what a terrible quitter you are. The sooner you realize that the better for all.

Posted by on (March 11, 2010, 3:04 GMT)

If Raqibul decided to quit for not being considered for T20 WC and recent ODI series, i think its his arrogant decision because his form really suggest his omission.I think he is only suitable for test now. I am sorry but welcome his retirement if he really take the decision for not being considered in the squad which proves his unprofessionalism.

Posted by khurdum on (March 11, 2010, 3:02 GMT)

Raqibul's decision of sudden retirement from International Cricket has stunned all who loves Cricket and want to see consistent progress at all levels.But i am least surprised as it was an outcome of internal and International Conspiracy. Almost everybody is echoing on the issue of going towards / following PCB. YES. They are not doing well and ensuring their presence in all sorts of corruption and controversies. They need a partner to be with them and Bangladesh is their favourit. PCB do not want BCB to excel at any event and they are active to fulfill their ulterior motive through their agents who tried their best to keep Ashraful in the Test Squad so that he can play the role to ensure defeat of Bangladesh against England.Had there been 15 men team Ash would have been there and when this failed, something done/told by vested quarter to FORCE Raqibul to declare his retirement so that Ash can be taken. But taking of somebody else has foiled conspiracy. Need b careful against Pakistan

Posted by romman on (March 11, 2010, 2:47 GMT)

it just clears da nonsense attitude of bcb president!!!! i m wondering from very 1st day whether he has any idea about cricket!!!!!!!!!!!! idiotic person but interferes in every aspect of bd cricket!!!!! what he thinks himself!!!!!!?????? just an example of nonsense politcians!!!rakibul could have done this before but then everyone would say that cant perform so retired but he showed that he is a necessity for bd team and then retired!though time is not correct but i can feel his mental state.still i believe there is opportunity 2 bring him back as it is necessary indeed!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 2:29 GMT)

This is the heredity of Bangladesh. All post are occupied by the Money making BAD political leader. They do not how to bat or how play football. They know only grouping. So, this is the result..... Raquibul is going, Masrafee is almost gone,................BAD luck for this poor nation.

Posted by avkris on (March 11, 2010, 1:53 GMT)

well well this is amazing. this is totally unheard of. i wud hav expected something like this from pakistan. well so d erstwhile EAST PAKISTAN is following pak's footsteps. raqibul is surely trying to take the BCB into ransom. he was so paltry against India. i am not sure he's even gud enough to make such a show n drama. thank god v don't hav such guys in indian cricket.

Posted by jonkerr7 on (March 11, 2010, 1:31 GMT)

Spat the dummy! I agree with Rezaul Alam Sajib...immature decision

Posted by SyhletiExpress on (March 11, 2010, 1:20 GMT)

I cannot believe what has happened, the player who worked so hard for his 150 runs in the warm-up match against England to come back into the squad, now has decided that he doesn't want to play.

I don't know whether this was provoked by stubborn pride of Roqibul, or is it the works of back-room BCB incompetence and un-professionalism

Posted by Bang_La on (March 11, 2010, 1:14 GMT)

I know nobody remembers what I wrote about the politically appointed management in Bangladesh cricket. These appointees are political hoodlums in every sphere of various authorities controlling Bangladesh life. These people are placed on the basis political connection not because of their knowledge or expertise in that organisation's business. The present president of Bangladesh Cricket Board is just one of them who has no clue about the business of BCB he has been made the top man for. He started flexing muscles just after he was appointed as president and was at cross with Shakib Al Hasan. The media published reports showing Shakib kneeling at his feet and was trying to explain something.

Its a sad day for Bangladesh Test Cricket as Raqibul was indeed very fit and promising in that form of cricket.

Posted by SsBang on (March 11, 2010, 1:06 GMT)

So immature!!!! How could Roqibul think he is above and beyond the selection criteria??????

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 0:52 GMT)

there must be some issues (psychological i wonder). Both the bard and the player need kind of counseling at the soonest. these types of adamant decisions should not be encouraged for the interest of team discipline and future wellbeing

Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (March 11, 2010, 0:13 GMT)

Congrats Bangladesh!!!!!! The selectors and boards have done us so proud that it really makes us all feel very proud of them. I honestly feel like sacking the entire selectors and the board of groups who are involved in the BCB (only if that was in my power). They are so pathetic that they don't even realise that they are demorolising the players by fannying about with the selection. I don't blame Raqibul for how he had reacted and my support as a Bangladeshi fan will be with him. Afterall, why do the selectors choose amature batsmen like Junaid Siddique and Aftab to play International matchs when the really good or shall we say confident inform batsmen like Raqibul only gets the all clear by second choice. The ICC or the Bangladesh Government should step in to Disciplin them because they will lose faith by the fans and even I am deciding wether or not to watch the match as I am furiousssss! Goodluck Tigers!!!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 22:47 GMT)

Ashraful might have his hand behind by the way.. this is very shameful and full of madness.... very sad by rakibul....

Posted by titusgomes on (March 10, 2010, 22:05 GMT)

it is not immature decision. something is defenatly going on in BCB. The selector and cricket board should be more flexible with cricketers. they also work hard and whoever play good they should be in the best 11. Raquibul Hassan one of the best batsman in test version cricket. So my request to Roquibul to think twice and come back.And my request to BCB if there is any politics going on please stop that otherwise BCB will be another PCB.

Posted by rajeen on (March 10, 2010, 22:01 GMT)

Decision with sudden emotion. Everything will be ok.

Posted by Sam_k14 on (March 10, 2010, 21:50 GMT)

May be Raqibul realised that there are other ways to develop a career rather than playng for B'Desh. Looks like he is a bright lad who has evaluated the prospects and standards of B'Deshi cricket accurately!

Posted by Mahtabahmed on (March 10, 2010, 21:43 GMT)

This is a proof that Bangladeshi players are "kids" and playing for themselves, not for a country. not for your team. Roqibul, keep your "oviman" under the pillow, wake up and join the team. This is probably the best chance you have in your life to prove what kind of player you are. Do not ruin it. At the end everybody wins!

Posted by osee_bhai on (March 10, 2010, 21:34 GMT)

He's really not that intelligent, what a stupid move on his part. Everyone's trying to help him and tell him to stay, and yet he goes on.

Posted by farhan995 on (March 10, 2010, 21:31 GMT)

BCB now well under the influence of current Awami League government. Its not an independent board anymore. This current government always put their nose where they smell money. Its not the selector who is behind all this drama, its the head of BCB!! BCB using this current selectors as their puppet! As a former national cricketer, selector Akram Khan and Co. should step down ASAP if they have any dignity!!

Posted by pollok911 on (March 10, 2010, 21:26 GMT)

his performance has been consistently poor so the board was right to leave him out of the team. This type of arrogance is not acceptable and I hope people stop requesting him to play for Bangladesh. Lets see how long he can keep playing domestic cricket and lets see how much money he can make without playing for the national team. Leave him out forever....

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 21:13 GMT)

this is a senseless decision, he is young, talented, a series against england is perfect for him to show the selectors why he should have been selected for the world t20 cup, but to retire is really childish, it's like a child throwing tantrums cause his candy was taken away. many cricketers around the world have felt hard done by there various boards, or selectors, but riding out these challenges are a major aspect of being a professional. in fact what he as shown is that he lacks the maturity to represent his country, and thats sad.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (March 10, 2010, 21:12 GMT)

This young man seems way too immature even for a 22 yr. old. This is not a good attitude to have. He's not the 1st player to feel hard done by not being selected and he won't be the last. Besides he's not the only Bang player who "LOOKS ready for test cricket" he's 1 of the many. Considering that maturity is a problem with Bang batting, maybe he has just indicated he wouldn't be sufficient when the pressure is on.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 21:02 GMT)

Raqibul's ommission from the test squad is a sign of corruption that might have beset the BCB. Thus they are playing games with the players and the BD cricket team and its future! Shame on BCB and its decision!!!

The cricket loving selectors of the nation should come forward to cha llenge this decesion and to revert the great yound cricketers imotional decision!!! We want to see Raqibul in the test squad.

Best of luck BD.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 20:58 GMT)

@dewan.... saqibul(sakib al hasan) didnt performed horribly in newzealand...infact he was the best among all

Posted by Robin7 on (March 10, 2010, 20:53 GMT)

Honourable prime-minister please out 'BCB Chairman' not 'Raqibul'

Posted by lucyferr on (March 10, 2010, 20:44 GMT)

Ahhh kids these days, still believing the delusion that life is fair and that cricket selectors/boards suffer from sensibility. I hope he has a good day job and wish him the best in his post-cricket career. Good luck to him when the haze of anger fazes away and he realizes just what he's thrown away. I presume his pride/posturing/machoness and the Bangladeshi cricketing authorities' pride/etc/etc will prevent any future resolution of this matter. Oh well.

Posted by ZsZs on (March 10, 2010, 20:39 GMT)

I think I better move back a bit. Reading Ashraful's promise on debut, to what he has become now to this terrible loss of talent in Raqibul (the country has spent and invested resources in him) has made me very depressed. It is bad enough that the sport in Bangladesh needs maturity, which is a development stage any way, but to succumb to politics means the disease runs deep. I am thoroughly disheartened. We have joy when our boys perform in the field, and feel sorrow with their loss...on the field... however, how do you cure something that happens off the field in the not-so-hallowed walls of the board-room. Disheartened and Perplexed...

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 20:34 GMT)

its painful....the board officials should not intervene in team is selectors' job...these are bad examples for bangladesh should be far away from politics. boycott present BCB

Posted by Robin7 on (March 10, 2010, 20:07 GMT)

BCB should apologise and manage him. He is really necessary for Bangladesh Cricket. A reliable batsman. The matter certainly proves a 'gap' between board and crickter. BCB does not know how to behave with players.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 20:04 GMT)

Is there a correlation between such impulsive decisions as taken by young Raqibul and Bangladesh' test performances where these talented young batsmen often throw their wickets away in a moment of indiscretion?

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 20:02 GMT)

This is the sort of indiscipline that should be eliminated, where players think they can get away by throwing their weight. He should have proved the selectors wrong by performing with the bat instead of taking such a decision. This also makes me appreciate the greatness of a guy like Rahul Dravid, who despite being in very good batting form and with nothing left to prove, still gets ignored from the Indian ODI team. But that doesn't mean he creates such a drama. Today's youngsters have a lot to learn from the previous generation of cricketers.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 19:58 GMT)

From what I can see, I can't tell who's behaving more immaturely, Raqibul or the BCB...

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 19:44 GMT)

raqubul plzz come backkkkkkkk..plzzzzz

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 19:42 GMT)

I don't understand what is going on. This is self destractive.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 19:36 GMT)

known from BCB, hidden source, Ashraful is the main character behind this. If Raqibul is not available, then he is the only option as he has some sort of Test Experience. If this news is true, I will not be surprised to see Ash in the team.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 19:31 GMT)

stupid bcb selctorssss...shame for bangladesh cricket

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 19:30 GMT)

He should have taken a leaf out of the book of a fellow Bengali (Sourav Ganguly) and showed some more tenacity and perseverance. Really brash and immature.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 19:22 GMT)

immature. silly. ugh. really shouldn't be given another chance if that's the sort of attitude he displays. can't really blame the board here

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (March 10, 2010, 19:16 GMT)

Can someone with an average of 19 be called a test batsman? Even an all rounder has a better average.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 19:09 GMT)

whats wrong with him??? he performed so well (107* and 51) against England in the warm-up match then named in the Test party......BCB have to return him immediately. and some other issue i want to admit that why the selector are ignoring Faisal Hossain's performances? he scored over 850 runs in the recent National League....and I agree with "qgr14" on Razzak and Enamul issue...BCB sand National Selectors should answer all of these issues.

Posted by deysdem20 on (March 10, 2010, 19:06 GMT)

The President of BCB, Lotus Kamal, is a well known Corrupt Industrialist who has no clue on the game of Cricket. Why on earth he became the President of BCB?

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 19:05 GMT)

That just shows how young and immature these kids are. They have to realize this is a professional sport not a place for drama

Posted by ondhokare_disha on (March 10, 2010, 19:03 GMT)

he is a victim of politics i think. bangladesh going to be another pakistan...

Posted by deysdem20 on (March 10, 2010, 19:01 GMT)

Can someone please list the names of BCB personnel? Thanks.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 18:45 GMT)

I heartily welcome Bangladesh to the list of dysfunctional cricketing nations. This exclusive club is currently under the chairmanship of Pakistan and counts the West Indies and Zimbabwe amongst its esteemed members. Minions like Canada and USA are also affiliate members.

Elevation to chairman status has the following requirements: 1. Nepotism in the Selection Committee 2. Mishandling of Board Finances 3. Repeated bad performances by national team 4. Open player mutiny (like prematurely retiring, public dissent etc) 5. Indiscriminate punitive action by board

The application should be submitted in triplicate, duly notarized by Ijaz Butt and Robert Mugabe with full supporting evidence of the above.

Posted by benjer on (March 10, 2010, 18:43 GMT)

What is going on in Bangladeshi cricket?Why suddenly it's going indicipiline?Is this right for our future cricket?Anyway Rakibul is one of the best batsman in bangladesh side if he makes retirement then it would big blow for us but who care this things?We have good captain like shakib(who creat main problem in the team for keeping his captency) have talented coach(jemie Siddons-who knows everything better than our silectors) have best silectors and overall briliant board managment who can take all the dicision what they thought.Simply all the four particular department going in their on ways though they can recovery all the problem in their styles.Pls don't tell about nationality in mouth just prove it infront of Bangladeshis that u all are right & come on in one slot for build better future.The critical time is comming when you all are not find any international cricketer who is feeling better to play international cricket!! if the things is going like this.Plssssssssssssssss

Posted by JS82 on (March 10, 2010, 18:18 GMT)

WTH! Is BCB trying to follow PCB's footsteps?

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 18:16 GMT)

Why Jahurul Islam is called? Faisal hossain is better for Bangladesh test squad. His performance in domestic cricket league for the last couple of years is not only impressive but also better than any other player playing for Bangladesh. Autocracy and favorism ruin Bangladesh cricket.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 18:09 GMT)

No player is bigger than the game, the game can survive without Hasan, lets see what future he has without the game. If you are not performing and get dropped, do all in you power to have those making that decision to think otherwise. With-holding his services when his COUNTRY needs him is akin to Wayne Bridge of Man City refusing to playsoccer for England because he 'could not face telling his son later in life why he played in the same team as John Terry'. He should consider it worse explaining to his son later when asked was he not good enough to make england's world cup team in 2010. It's Hasan's choice ultimately how he chooses to put food on the table for his family but I would not expect an IPL franchisee or any other country to welcome his services if he thinks he is too good to be managed. So typical of the youth of today.

Posted by chandau on (March 10, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

am just curious. What happened to the 16 players who went to play in the ICL ? there were several top class guys in that team and if i remember right, they beat the Pakistani team in the ICL finals. Has Bangladesh cricket taken those players back into the fold or have they been discarded for ever. It is a pity given the lack of world class talent in the team to perform constantly, consistently against other test teams. sometimes those people in AC rooms are the worst enemies of the game having no cricketing background or knowledge or career to boast of.

Posted by IMQGR on (March 10, 2010, 17:51 GMT)

What on earth is going on here? Rakibul has some talent and have shown glimpses of that in an occasion or two... but I don't think he is in a position to show such arrogance. Also the selectors and board should be a bit more consistent and rational in their approach of team selection. How on earth Shafiul or Rubel get selected prior to Shahadat, who's test record is impressive, especially in Chittagong? Enamul is much more effective that Razzak in the longer form and he also have age and stats on his side... how can he be dropped? This incident, may be nothing in comparison to whats happening in Pakistan cricket these days, but essentially a bad sign for a nation trying to find its footings in international cricket...

Posted by Saxo on (March 10, 2010, 17:40 GMT)

The "board" hired the Selection committee, and BCB should let the Selectors do the job. Again, the lack of professionalism is sad. Asian cricket boards need to learn basic management principles for their cricket to flourish.

Posted by Daniel_Smith on (March 10, 2010, 17:29 GMT)

Unless there's more to this story this seems extremely petulant behaviour. I can understand him being annoyed at not being selected after two excellent knocks, but this sort of reaction makes him look very childish.

I feel sorry for Jamie Siddons. How can he build a decent Bangladesh side when the Bangladeshis keep shooting themselves in the foot?

Posted by Misfortune on (March 10, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

that is very unfortunate and a shock for bangladesh cricket that a young talent like him announced his retirement from international cricket!!!!!! he is a very good cricketer and our team badly needs players like him! he is one of the best cricketer among the few we have and he can perform consistently!! board must take a step! it is a bad sign for the future of bangladesh cricket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ZsZs on (March 10, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

It is a quandary to me how this could have happened. He is only 22, and the whole life ahead of him; and he quits. The board is playing games, and as always the nation and the team suffer because of allegiances that are ill founded. I hope some one talks him out of this, or is there a staggering stigma in taking Ashraful's spot. Please come back Roqibul!

Posted by Dewan_Jaglul on (March 10, 2010, 17:18 GMT)

This is pathetic. Professionals should realize that the image of the country depends on their form. Saqibul performed horribly in New Zealand. So he we opted out. Now he is back in form and that's why was included. No one should think that his place is sealed unless there is performance. He has been emotional for all the wrong reasons. In this context, Junaid Siddique should have been replaced as well.

Posted by admshafi on (March 10, 2010, 17:17 GMT)

What's a dramma!! that's played in bangladesh and pakistan altogether!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 17:14 GMT)

Can some one explain why the BCB has started acting like PCB ?

Posted by Munsta101 on (March 10, 2010, 17:10 GMT)

A 22-year old retires from all forms of cricket.

Something's wrong.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 17:10 GMT)

Raquibul's resugnation. Bangladesh cricket, please dont go Pakistan's way. Please!

Posted by vigi101929 on (March 10, 2010, 17:09 GMT)

another high drama in asian cricket to entertain us apart from pak cricket.........!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

Politics, it's all politics. Junaed Siddique has political networks that forces the Board to send orders to the selectors to pick him, consequently dropping Raqibul. Shame because Junaed will never be the batsman that Raqibul is and it is a great loss for Bangladeshi Cricket.

Posted by US_Cricket_Fan on (March 10, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

this is ridiculous!! he is suited to the test format, he's scored a triple century in domestic cricket and was in form..this is the Board's fault..ever since that Mostafa Kamal became the president, the board has been meddling in team selections..that guy doesn't know how to behave with professional players..first he abused shakib and now this..time for him to go..political appointees shouldn't be allowed in sports.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 16:58 GMT)

immature decision.........

Posted by Nipun on (March 10, 2010, 16:58 GMT)

Raqibul Hasan quit international cricket because the politicians in the Bangladesh Cricket Board did not want him to be in the team.It's a shame for Bangladesh cricket.& Jahurul Islam is being called up ? Where's Faisal Hossain ? When a national cricket setup is operated by people such as the ones operating the Pakistan team & the Bangladesh team,there's no wonder that they keep going from one catastrophe to another!

Posted by shonkhochil on (March 10, 2010, 16:57 GMT)

Again the ugly hand of the bangladesh cricket board has come into play.. Since the new president Mr. Kamal joined the office this board is interfering the selection of the player.I think the selection committee should also give resignation. Board should keep his hand away from the selection of the team. there should be an investigation & the report should be published to the cricket fan so that we know what really happened. I think Raqibul took a brave decision.

Posted by The_Observer on (March 10, 2010, 16:48 GMT)

This is unbelievable!! He is one of my pick and had the potential to be the best batsman of Bangladesh by a mile! What happened to this young chap? As far as I remember, he had a very good relationship with current captain Shakib and other members of the team and is liked by the coach too. This is the last thing Bangladesh needed before the first Test. England camp must be excited after seeing this fall-out. Poor Raqibul. I wish him best whatever decision he takes for his future.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 16:33 GMT)

I congrates rakibul. There is no need a player like Rakibul in this team.

Posted by NoDir_BaKe on (March 10, 2010, 16:28 GMT)

this is what should not happened in bangladesh cricket, im 100% sure about that, the pilitics are Entering to our cricket. what will distroy our cricket, please Raqibul, change your dicision.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 16:13 GMT)

So much drama before this Test series - England pace injuries, Pietersen's poor form and now this. Surely Raqibul's absence will facilitate a move up the order for Mahmudullah.

Posted by magic-boy on (March 10, 2010, 16:11 GMT)

that's bad for BD cricket.Why on earth you quit game boy?

Posted by SettingSun on (March 10, 2010, 16:03 GMT)

So, a cricket board employs a team of selectors to select squads and teams, okay? Then, in its infinite wisdom, it tells the team of selectors who they should be selecting. Well that all makes perfect sense to me.

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