Bangladesh v England, 1st Test, Chittagong

Raqibul's decision 'totally unexpected' - BCB

Cricinfo staff

March 11, 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 scored a century and a fifty in the warm-up game against England, and had been expected to play in the Tests © Getty Images
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board has issued a statement regarding Raqibul Hasan's emotional decision to retire from international cricket on the eve of the first Test against England, explaining that "the abrupt nature of this announcement has come as a shock to everyone concerned as this was totally unexpected."

It is thought that the root of Raqibul's anger lies in an apparent disagreement between the board and the selectors over his recall for the England Test series, and in his omission from Bangladesh's provisional squad for the World Twenty20. Cricinfo understands that the recommendation from above had been that Raqibul should be dropped for the Tests along with Mohammad Ashraful, whose form has deserted him in recent months.

Bangladesh's coach, Jamie Siddons, criticised the decision to leave Raqibul out of the Twenty20 squad, but highlighted his hopes for reconciliation between the board and the young batsman. "I don't know who he was trying to hurt or what point he was trying to prove, but I hope the BCB welcomes him back because he's a kid who's a bit confused," he said.

"He didn't like being dropped in the way he was dropped, then missing out on the 30 probables for the World Cup Twenty20 squad, which was probably bad selection, and he's really disappointed," Siddons added. "He thought he'd proved his point that he was good enough to be in that 30, which I think he is and then he walked away."

In a response to suggestions that selection disagreements were to blame, the BCB countered: "We take this opportunity to reiterate once again that selection of Test, ODI and Twenty20 Teams is based purely on performance and merit and is done at the discretion of the National Selection Committee which has its own criteria for picking players. Therefore, there is no scope for emotion in this regard.

"The Board understands that this was a unilateral decision on part of the player but also feels that it was rather premature," the statement continued. "We certainly do not wish to see a young talented cricketer like Raqibul leaving the game so early and hope that he will reconsider his position. Raqibul is an important member of the Bangladesh national team and it is our sincere expectation that he will return to mainstream cricket at the earliest."

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Posted by sathishvaiju on (March 16, 2010, 8:40 GMT)

where is Mr. Ujan.s , no comments from you brother, i hope u r a true supporter of this useless bangladesh side.in first test also see the result. i am feeling sad for you.

Posted by sathishvaiju on (March 15, 2010, 8:28 GMT)

ha ha ha ,ban deserved fr this kind of acts only not victory n all.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 19:05 GMT)

This is shocking. His age only 22. In australia, player debuts at the age of 25-28...

Posted by IMQGR on (March 11, 2010, 18:55 GMT)

I hope sanity will prevail... the last thing that is expected is Rakibul changing his decision and get strait in to the playing eleven for Dhaka Test. This will create a bad example and will encourage other players to do such stupid thins. While I understand Siddons' point (well, he's only 22 at the end of the day....), but in today's busy and demanding international cricket, military-like discipline is mandatory. If players are allowed to do away with such stuff, soon BD Cricket will face what Pakistanis are going through right now...

Posted by benjer on (March 11, 2010, 18:45 GMT)

The dicision of Rakibul was realy unexpected but nothing to do here.Right now we can find his replacement by Faisal Hossain Dikence as he is more experienced cricketer.Naeem Islam & Aftab is not fit at all in test cricket.Hope Rakibul will come back again in Our cricket.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 18:38 GMT)

Bangladesh don't do well in batting because all the batsman are premature, to take decision on and off the field. Raqibul's reaction and decision is just a solid proof.

Posted by lawyeria62 on (March 11, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

CRICKETERS ARE NOT FOR THE CRICKET BOARD BUT CRICKET BOARD IS FOR THE CRICKETERS.IT WOULD BE OUR GREAT LOSE IF RAQIBUL DOES NOT RETURN IN THE FIELD. ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND LIABILITIES GOES TO THE CRICKET BOARD. RAQIBUL IS OUR NATIONAL ASSET.PLEASE DO NOT DESTROY OUR CRICKET LIKE PAKISTAN.PLEASE RETURN HIM......WE NEED HIM FOR YOUR/OUR OWN INTEREST...........AND IT'S NOT UNEXPECTED

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 17:41 GMT)

good! Raqibul doesn't want to play no problem. give someone else a chance. There are many Raqibul's in our domestic leagues.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 17:40 GMT)

This is not even a problem. A angry kid, took a rational decision with anger. After 6 months, he will look back and feel guilty himself for taking such a poor decisions. But right now, this has effect the team before a big game. And for this reason, he should not be forgiven.

Posted by Awmi on (March 11, 2010, 17:24 GMT)

All this problem started since Sakib become captain. I read what he said in his interview today and his comment will make thing worse because he bring back tha MAshrafe issue too. I think he become very arrogant and he needs to keep his feet on the ground.

Posted by Boonys_army on (March 11, 2010, 16:21 GMT)

No solution? Call teh Waaambulance. The kid needs to grow up and stop throwing hissy fits. This kind of behaivour is prevalent in 3 year olds. His actions are justifying why he wasn't selected, he's not mature enough to cope, and the selectors were spot on in dropping him.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2010, 16:20 GMT)

BCB is going to sink soon..bcb sucks, if asraful scored 100 then he would have been in team but raqbiul sored a 100 still he is not in the time guess what BCB must asked money from raqibul.so he left cricket......

Posted by CricketMaan on (March 11, 2010, 15:19 GMT)

What a waste!! This is no solution to a problem

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