England v Bangladesh 2010 June 26, 2010

Raqibul Hasan recalled for England ODIs

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Raqibul Hasan has been named in Bangladesh's one-day squad to tour England and Ireland after he was forgiven for walking out on the team on the eve of the first Test against in England at Chittagong earlier this year. However, as Raqibul is given a second chance Mohammad Ashraful's career has been brought to another halt after he was omitted from the 15.

Raqibul, 21, initially announced that he was retiring from international cricket, but was turned around after discussions with the board although he was still handed a three-month suspension following his show of anger. It stemmed from him being overlooked for the World Twenty20 squad and ODIs against England in Bangladesh, but he had been on the verge of a Test debut following an impressive hundred for the A-team against the tourists.

Ashraful, though, has paid for continued inconsistency after failing to take his chance in the two Tests in England with scores of 4, 21, 11 and 14, followed by a poor show in the recent Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. Along with Ashraful there is no place for the dashing Aftab Ahmed either.

Meanwhile, 31-year-old Faisal Hossain is recalled after playing the last of his four ODIs against Pakistan in 2004. In the bowling department Mashrafe Mortaza's presence is a major boost after he came through the Asia Cup unscathed while Nazmul Hossain gets another chance at the top level.

However, as ever Bangladesh's fortunes will rest heavily on their two star players, captain Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, who lit up the Test series against England last month with two thrilling hundreds at Lord's and Old Trafford.

Bangladesh play two warm-up matches against Sussex and Middlesex before the first one-day international at Trent Bridge followed by encounters at Bristol and Edgbaston. They then travel to Belfast to play two ODIs against Ireland.

Squad Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Faisal Hossain, Jahurul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel

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  • on July 2, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    I m very happy that BCB at last drop ashraful.He is the disastroyous player in Bangladesh team.for him only bangladesh losing lot of match by made a great start.I think name is nothing perform is all.See how many matches he played and his average in both Test and ODI.I think He never learn from mistake.big thanks to our coach Jemmy siddons for taking a good decission.

  • on July 1, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    why alok kapali is not being selected?

  • mamu62 on June 30, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Getting jahurul, faisal Hossain and Raquibul in the middle order should heal the rent, I hope their temperament holds out.

  • gmukhtadir on June 29, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Dropping Ashraful is absolutely a right decision. He does not deserve to be in the national side with his horrible performance. BCB should kick him out long time ago. He is a curse for Bangladesh cricket.

  • S.S.Sagar on June 28, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Bangladesh Should Never Drop Ashraful. They Should Remember That What He Had Done For Bangladesh Cricket. Only For Him, Bangladesh Is Now This Place In International Cricket. I Think Bangladesh Should Take Action Against Siddons, Who Is The Cause Of Ash's Not Playing In His Own Way.

  • on June 28, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Personally, I think, dropping Ashraful was a good decision. The team selected for this England ODI tour, is well balanced. It's however, important to understand that in England, we need to have al least 3 seamers in the best eleven. It's definitely a boost for the team that Mashrafee is back in the squad. But his recent performance in the Asia Cup was not up to the mark though. Sooner he gets his rhythms back, the better it would be for Tigers. Our batting is heavily relying on Tamim. Other top orders, Imrul and Junaid have scored some runs recently. But our middle orders have been performing poorly, particularly Sakib, Mushfique and Mahmudullah. Inclusion of Raquibul, Jahurul and Feisal should strengthen our middle orders . If our top orders can deliver, middle orders can hold the ship and play until 50 overs, and put up a decent score on board, perhaps 260/270 runs plus, we will have a chance to fight against England. We have been playing good cricket this year but unfortunat

  • SABD on June 28, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    @MacZZ: I like ur squad & analysis. But how abt giving Rahim a break? He hasn't done well with the bat since Eng's BD tour. Jahurul's there to back him up, but I hv no clue abt his keeping capabilities. Can he keep well agnst pace bowling in Eng conditions? Faisal has been consistent over the yrs in the domestics, so should get a chance. We can also give Mahmud a short break as he seems to have lost touch, and play 4 specialist bowlers in Mash, Shaf, Naz, & Razzak. Please share ur views on this.

  • SABD on June 28, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Bang_La, MacZZ & plmx, I greatly acknowledge ur views.

    @plmx: It seems u r an avid follower of BD cricket. If u r living in BD then u & I are among the very few people here who took the pain to stay awake at 4 pm to watch BD play NZ.I remember that referral by Ashraful too!

    @3 of u: The problem with most of the people commenting here is that they badly lack cricketing knowledge. Othrwise how can suggestions to pick up Ash,Kapali,Nazimuddin,Nafees and Aftab come up.They r all once in a blue moon performers.They hv nvr been consistent in any form of the game. On the other hand, most of the batsmen in this squad avg around 30. People often bring Nafees' 30+ avg in his support, but the reality is quite diffrnt. The other day I chked out his stats at cricinfo to find that this high avg is entirely credited to his runs agnst Zim & Ireland. We often criticize the selectors for the squads, but when such suggestions come up from the fans, I feel that they aren't doing a bad job at all!

  • khurdum on June 28, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Thanks to BCB for dropping Ashraful from the Squad of remaining matches abroad. No amount of creeping from any corner should create any pressure on the Board to include him in the World Cup Squad for Bangladesh if we really want our team to excel in the W C mission. I agree with the comments that, he got out at the time to put the team in serious crisis. Whereas, as a highest paid player, he should have played the role for salvation of the team in crisis. But he didn't- in fact played negative role as of notorious villain in the films. Our less experienced and normal players who gets less benefits than Ash, stood many times against odds and crisis but there was no such credit for our genius till to date. BCB should think of relieving Mr. Rafiqul Alam, the chief Selector of team for his biased selection and for showing extra softness for Ash without any reason causing damage to the team and to the Country. Mr. Raqibul also is the blind supporter of Ash & to b kept under watch.

  • Bang_La on June 28, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    @ plmx, I entirely agree with you! And nice analysis by the way too. There is a strange supporting line in Bangladesh media that Bangladesh win when Ashrafool plays. This is ridiculous but a strong group in media chants that when, rarely, Ashrafool scores. I kept pressing against all pundits that all the so called matches "won" by Ashrafool ended him being out in silliest way showing what he lacks really, a cricketing-brain. His senseless and against the demand of matches batting not only did put Bangladesh a sure defeat, as you explained, it also created immense pressure on the players who came after him. I think Ashrafool is beyond and prayer, seriously. Thank you.

  • on July 2, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    I m very happy that BCB at last drop ashraful.He is the disastroyous player in Bangladesh team.for him only bangladesh losing lot of match by made a great start.I think name is nothing perform is all.See how many matches he played and his average in both Test and ODI.I think He never learn from mistake.big thanks to our coach Jemmy siddons for taking a good decission.

  • on July 1, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    why alok kapali is not being selected?

  • mamu62 on June 30, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Getting jahurul, faisal Hossain and Raquibul in the middle order should heal the rent, I hope their temperament holds out.

  • gmukhtadir on June 29, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Dropping Ashraful is absolutely a right decision. He does not deserve to be in the national side with his horrible performance. BCB should kick him out long time ago. He is a curse for Bangladesh cricket.

  • S.S.Sagar on June 28, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Bangladesh Should Never Drop Ashraful. They Should Remember That What He Had Done For Bangladesh Cricket. Only For Him, Bangladesh Is Now This Place In International Cricket. I Think Bangladesh Should Take Action Against Siddons, Who Is The Cause Of Ash's Not Playing In His Own Way.

  • on June 28, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Personally, I think, dropping Ashraful was a good decision. The team selected for this England ODI tour, is well balanced. It's however, important to understand that in England, we need to have al least 3 seamers in the best eleven. It's definitely a boost for the team that Mashrafee is back in the squad. But his recent performance in the Asia Cup was not up to the mark though. Sooner he gets his rhythms back, the better it would be for Tigers. Our batting is heavily relying on Tamim. Other top orders, Imrul and Junaid have scored some runs recently. But our middle orders have been performing poorly, particularly Sakib, Mushfique and Mahmudullah. Inclusion of Raquibul, Jahurul and Feisal should strengthen our middle orders . If our top orders can deliver, middle orders can hold the ship and play until 50 overs, and put up a decent score on board, perhaps 260/270 runs plus, we will have a chance to fight against England. We have been playing good cricket this year but unfortunat

  • SABD on June 28, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    @MacZZ: I like ur squad & analysis. But how abt giving Rahim a break? He hasn't done well with the bat since Eng's BD tour. Jahurul's there to back him up, but I hv no clue abt his keeping capabilities. Can he keep well agnst pace bowling in Eng conditions? Faisal has been consistent over the yrs in the domestics, so should get a chance. We can also give Mahmud a short break as he seems to have lost touch, and play 4 specialist bowlers in Mash, Shaf, Naz, & Razzak. Please share ur views on this.

  • SABD on June 28, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Bang_La, MacZZ & plmx, I greatly acknowledge ur views.

    @plmx: It seems u r an avid follower of BD cricket. If u r living in BD then u & I are among the very few people here who took the pain to stay awake at 4 pm to watch BD play NZ.I remember that referral by Ashraful too!

    @3 of u: The problem with most of the people commenting here is that they badly lack cricketing knowledge. Othrwise how can suggestions to pick up Ash,Kapali,Nazimuddin,Nafees and Aftab come up.They r all once in a blue moon performers.They hv nvr been consistent in any form of the game. On the other hand, most of the batsmen in this squad avg around 30. People often bring Nafees' 30+ avg in his support, but the reality is quite diffrnt. The other day I chked out his stats at cricinfo to find that this high avg is entirely credited to his runs agnst Zim & Ireland. We often criticize the selectors for the squads, but when such suggestions come up from the fans, I feel that they aren't doing a bad job at all!

  • khurdum on June 28, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Thanks to BCB for dropping Ashraful from the Squad of remaining matches abroad. No amount of creeping from any corner should create any pressure on the Board to include him in the World Cup Squad for Bangladesh if we really want our team to excel in the W C mission. I agree with the comments that, he got out at the time to put the team in serious crisis. Whereas, as a highest paid player, he should have played the role for salvation of the team in crisis. But he didn't- in fact played negative role as of notorious villain in the films. Our less experienced and normal players who gets less benefits than Ash, stood many times against odds and crisis but there was no such credit for our genius till to date. BCB should think of relieving Mr. Rafiqul Alam, the chief Selector of team for his biased selection and for showing extra softness for Ash without any reason causing damage to the team and to the Country. Mr. Raqibul also is the blind supporter of Ash & to b kept under watch.

  • Bang_La on June 28, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    @ plmx, I entirely agree with you! And nice analysis by the way too. There is a strange supporting line in Bangladesh media that Bangladesh win when Ashrafool plays. This is ridiculous but a strong group in media chants that when, rarely, Ashrafool scores. I kept pressing against all pundits that all the so called matches "won" by Ashrafool ended him being out in silliest way showing what he lacks really, a cricketing-brain. His senseless and against the demand of matches batting not only did put Bangladesh a sure defeat, as you explained, it also created immense pressure on the players who came after him. I think Ashrafool is beyond and prayer, seriously. Thank you.

  • MacZZ on June 28, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Imrul Kayes 3. Junaid Siddique 4. Raqibul Hasan 5. Shakib Al Hasan 6. Jahurul Islam/Faisal Hossain 7. Mahmudullah Riyad 8. Mushfiqur Rahim 9. Mashrafe bin Mortaza 10. Shafiul Islam/ Syed Rasel 11. Nazmul Hossain. I think this the XI they should play for the first game or the first warm up match. Shakib is at 5 because he is usually in 6 and he is struggling in lower middle order. Mushfiq is at 8 because he can be usuful later on for getting runs fast and Mahmudullah is at 7 because 8 is too late for him to perform. Shafiul can get wickets but he is really expensive so he can be switched with Syed Rasel. I have 3 pacer bowler because of the English wicket. I am not sure who to take between Jahurul and Faisal because neither of them hav played many matches, they are at 6 because they are inexperienced so they shouldn't come any later. Hope Bangladesh do well. Go Bangladesh!

  • Rafflebake on June 27, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket Board has done a marvelos thing by getting Ashraful out of the squad.He should never be inserted in the team. Raqibul and faisal is back so it's going to have lots of fun to watch them play after a long time. For the WC I request Board to choose this kind of team. Team for the WC: 1.Tamim Iqbal 2.Junaed Siddique 3.Raqibul Hasan 4. Faisal Hossain 5. Shakib Al Hasan(v.c) 6.Mushfiqur Rahim(w.k) 7.Naeem Islam 8. Mashrafe Mortaza(cap) 9.Shahadat Hossain 10.Abdur Razzak 11.Shafiul Islam 12.Rubel Hossain 13. Jahurul Islam(w.k) 14. Enamul Hossain 15.Nazmul Hossain 16. Aftab Ahmed. This will be the best team ever for Bangladesh Cricket Team. Fardin.

  • T2-- on June 27, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Faisal Hossain he is good test player he should have been in the test team

  • plmx on June 27, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    @Jahid_107…there is no harm in requesting prayers for Ashraful but it is Bangladesh Cricket where prayers are more urgently required! As regards Ashraful's contribution to Bangladesh Cricket, apart from the 4 innings you have mentioned, he has been out for below 7 runs 100 times. The bad news does not end there but it is clear he has contributed significantly to the numerous humiliating defeats that Bangladesh Cricket has suffered. Remember he was mostly occupying the precious 3rd, 4th or 5th batting position thereby depriving more deserving and intelligent Bangladeshi batsmen from contributing and possibly helping Bangladesh win those matches. His poor batting form also led to some selfish behaviour on the field. Amongst others we have not forgotten the Hamilton Test in February 2010 when he used up a precious referral after being out plumb LBW. Desperate stuff! Bangladesh Cricket needs to regroup and with the current squad selection it has just been handed the opportunity to do so.

  • Sohellcc on June 27, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Asshrafool should go to the Meuseum for forever. He is a gr8 batsman for a single match in a year. He is a gr8 batsman for showing his big shot for nothing. He should not give a chance before WC. I am not sure why faisal, he is not excelent performer of the year. And why not nazim, alok, aftab, nafees, sabbir, rony. Injured player are not good for team at any time. As a Bangladeshi fan i have a prescription for WC11 1. No Asshrafool 2. Unchanged team 3. Mahnudullah at 5 4. Captain Shakib 5. Have a Smart Costume. For WC 2011 Team: 1. TAMIM 2. JUNAID 3. JOHURUL 4. RAKIBUL 5. MAHMUDDULAH 6. SHAKIB 7. AFTAB 8. MUSFIQ 9. SHAFIUL 10. RAZZAK 11. RUBEL 12. IMRUL

  • SHAKILTAZ on June 27, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    A few days ago I wrote on cricinfo conversations wall nazmul should get more chances because he was the best fast bowling performer in odi 2009 when rest of the bowlers showed very poor performances. Faisal is not only showing good performances in this year but also he is one of the best performer over the last five years period.I think Jahurul and Faisal should get more chances like Imrul because firstly Imrul was not good performer in international cricket but later one this year his performance is well. It is first time for me I am saying good selection from selectors when always I say Bangladesh is losing most of games for poor selections.

  • Jahid_107 on June 27, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    i am request all of you to pray for the most talented bangladeshi batsmen`s (ASHRAFUl)form. coz so far which are being made by Ash is quite impossible to forget such as 87 vs SA, 94 vs ENG, 100 vs AUS,114 vs SL and so on. Most of them were agaist super power of Bangladesh. Besides this , he has big or little contribution in all winning game of Bangladesh. I know that no other Bangladeshi batsman has done such things. So we must not blame him but pray for his good form. try to consider it.ok

  • on June 27, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    i cant understand why people wasting there time here commeting do this and do that i dont thing thats gonna make any impact bangladase gonna loose every mach even they played whole country .so please dont waste ur time .

  • Hirok on June 27, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    strange !! why not nazimuddin yet ?

  • Mazir on June 27, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    this is frustating..Raqibul again!!...that kid cant bat.seriously...atleast in oneday cricket we need Big hitters in the team like Aftab Ahmed..and why Kayes is still in the team? Shariar Nafess would be a good choice as a oppenrs..alas...All team plays against their opponent..but Bangladesh play against first with the team management..2nd Umpires,,,and finally opponent

    ps...No Ashoka De Silva this time please

  • on June 27, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    they should select shariar nafees instead of the stupid Imrul Kayes. and Alok Kapali instead of Jahurul Islam. Jahurul and Imrul are one of the third class player in Bangladesh team. Coz in outside cuntries when new player debuts one scores hundred or fifty in debut matches. but in bangladesh all opposite...

  • on June 27, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Thos who doesnt know about Faisal Hossain, he is a very good batsman from Racecourse, Comilla. He is one of the player who runs really well in the domestic cricket but never get chance into the National Team. He is my relative as well. So i wish him all the best in his England tour. I never played with him, but player with his brother Romance. He is good player too.

  • crikfreak on June 27, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    overall this aquad is quite good... only i dont really know how faisal plays.... n ash is out.. which is good...

  • on June 27, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    What the hell man!!!!!!!!!!!Why they dont select this team 1.Tamim Iqbal.2.Junaed Siddique.3.Roqibul Hasan.4.Alok Kapali.5.Mushfiq Rahim.6.Shakib Al Hasan.7.Mahmudullah.8.Mashrafe.9.Razzak.10.Shafiul.11.Nazmul

  • SABD on June 27, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    I would like to request people who come up with queries like 'why has X not been selected', 'why is Y there in the squad' and so on, even when the reasons are very obvious, to refer to the 'statistics' section of this site. It is very well arranged and informative. You can learn about the recent and career forms of cricketers in all the formats of the game. I hope this will keep people from giving out funny suggestions.

  • gmaurup on June 27, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    I just ran a statsguru search, and as a Bangladesh supporter the results are rather painful for a person who jumped around in the streets when ashraful made the debut century. I searched for the worst ever performer (batsman upto position 7) in terms of runs and average. Players playing 55 matches (as many ashraful played) are considered. In terms of runs scored, ashraful is the 5th last in the list. RD Jacobs (W/K), TE Bailey (A/R), SE Gregory and TG Evans (W/K) are the last four in the list but only Evans with a poorer average. If the search is for the worst ever batting average, Ashraful is second before last. The last position again to TG Evans. This is the first time I am using statsguru query, so not sure though if my results are good. But if it is true, ashraful should never ever get another test call.

  • supunsn on June 27, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Hey why is the Bangladeshi selectors always neglect Alok Kapali???? to me he is one of the highly talented......a true all rounder.....

  • gmaurup on June 26, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Ashraful was dropped before, but also was returned without any performance or 'once in a lifetime' type performance (a double century in domestic). I will request the selectors not to consider him on basis of biased ideas (like played good against this team, his experience might be better for this condition, or he already had proper rest, bla bla bla...). The only thing that should be taken in consideration is batting performance in domestic. He should be returned only if he has the highest runs or the best average in domestic. Do not know, if I sound harsh. But he is the person who disturbed the balance of the team. I still believe if he scored at an average of 35-40 in the last two years, Bangladesh could have won a few more games than this almost zero success.

  • JS82 on June 26, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    @bdcricfan21- Thanks for the info. Yes I would like to see Nazimuddin in the selection as a backup for Jahurul Islam. Nafees is definitely talented but he has not performed in awhile after coming back from ICL. I disagree with making Mashrafe captain again. To me a captain should be able to justify his position on the team just a player alone first. At the moment, Mashrafe's performance is not good enough to keep him on the team consistently. I think Shakib is our best bet and he is matured enough to lead the side. Even if he fails as a bastman, he can be selected just on his bowling performance. I personally do not like having fast bowlers as captains since they are injury prone. I hope they maintain Shakib as the captain till the WC. Nafees could have become a captain but his ICL exodus ruined that forever.

  • plmx on June 26, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Cricinfo says"… Ashraful, though, has paid for continued inconsistency after failing to take his chance in the two Tests in England with scores of 4, 21, 11 and 14, followed by a poor show in the recent Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.…." But is that right? Has Ashraful paid for his "inconsistency"? Over the last three four years Ashraful's performance has been most consistent. He has consistently underperformed! He has consistently failed!

  • Bang_La on June 26, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Ah here goes the squinty eyed theoretical genius, at long last. RIP.

  • bdcricfan21 on June 26, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    @JS82, Yes Faisal has been scoring heavy runs in domestic tournaments, so his selection is a good decision. He has also performed very well for the A teams vs South Africa and West indies. But then again, conditions in England are very different from BD. What I don't understand is why the selectors consistently ignore the likes of Shahriar nafees or nazimuddin. Both are highly talented with a proven track record at the domestic level. But I have no other complains with this team selection. Thank God Ashraful was dropped. A local paper is reporting that Mashrafe might captain the side. That would be good, let Shakib focus on his own game. Man it would be nice to get at least 1 win this year...

  • SABD on June 26, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Good to see Faisal Hossain back in the national fold. He has been a prolific batsman in the first class and list A scenes and an experienced campaigner like him can boast Bangladesh's performance greatly. Lack of experience has caused Bangladesh to mess up at high-pressure situations, losing matches from commanding positions. It is high time that we consider players like Faisal who are both experienced and consistent for national selection, as the world cup is knocking the door.This time it's taking place on our own soil, and so we shouldn't miss this opportunity to give the world cricket set up a major shake up.

  • on June 26, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    to keep Ashraful out is really a vry gd decision taken by Bngladseh Crkt Board....he hs prfrmd vry incnsistntly over a period of time....well its gd 2 c Raqibul bck...bt whr is Aftab ahmed....

  • on June 26, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    raqibul rox,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • braindead_rocker on June 26, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Expect them to lose all their matches.

  • JS82 on June 26, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    If they are going to pick some one new then why not pick Nazimuddin in place of Faisal Hossain. They gave Nazimuddin a chance to show his potential with the A team which he did. But they are still not selecting him. I cant understand the selectors intent of being tough against ex ICL players. Does anyone know Faisal Hossain's domestic form? Is he scoring runs consistently?

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  • JS82 on June 26, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    If they are going to pick some one new then why not pick Nazimuddin in place of Faisal Hossain. They gave Nazimuddin a chance to show his potential with the A team which he did. But they are still not selecting him. I cant understand the selectors intent of being tough against ex ICL players. Does anyone know Faisal Hossain's domestic form? Is he scoring runs consistently?

  • braindead_rocker on June 26, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Expect them to lose all their matches.

  • on June 26, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    raqibul rox,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • on June 26, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    to keep Ashraful out is really a vry gd decision taken by Bngladseh Crkt Board....he hs prfrmd vry incnsistntly over a period of time....well its gd 2 c Raqibul bck...bt whr is Aftab ahmed....

  • SABD on June 26, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Good to see Faisal Hossain back in the national fold. He has been a prolific batsman in the first class and list A scenes and an experienced campaigner like him can boast Bangladesh's performance greatly. Lack of experience has caused Bangladesh to mess up at high-pressure situations, losing matches from commanding positions. It is high time that we consider players like Faisal who are both experienced and consistent for national selection, as the world cup is knocking the door.This time it's taking place on our own soil, and so we shouldn't miss this opportunity to give the world cricket set up a major shake up.

  • bdcricfan21 on June 26, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    @JS82, Yes Faisal has been scoring heavy runs in domestic tournaments, so his selection is a good decision. He has also performed very well for the A teams vs South Africa and West indies. But then again, conditions in England are very different from BD. What I don't understand is why the selectors consistently ignore the likes of Shahriar nafees or nazimuddin. Both are highly talented with a proven track record at the domestic level. But I have no other complains with this team selection. Thank God Ashraful was dropped. A local paper is reporting that Mashrafe might captain the side. That would be good, let Shakib focus on his own game. Man it would be nice to get at least 1 win this year...

  • Bang_La on June 26, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Ah here goes the squinty eyed theoretical genius, at long last. RIP.

  • plmx on June 26, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Cricinfo says"… Ashraful, though, has paid for continued inconsistency after failing to take his chance in the two Tests in England with scores of 4, 21, 11 and 14, followed by a poor show in the recent Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.…." But is that right? Has Ashraful paid for his "inconsistency"? Over the last three four years Ashraful's performance has been most consistent. He has consistently underperformed! He has consistently failed!

  • JS82 on June 26, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    @bdcricfan21- Thanks for the info. Yes I would like to see Nazimuddin in the selection as a backup for Jahurul Islam. Nafees is definitely talented but he has not performed in awhile after coming back from ICL. I disagree with making Mashrafe captain again. To me a captain should be able to justify his position on the team just a player alone first. At the moment, Mashrafe's performance is not good enough to keep him on the team consistently. I think Shakib is our best bet and he is matured enough to lead the side. Even if he fails as a bastman, he can be selected just on his bowling performance. I personally do not like having fast bowlers as captains since they are injury prone. I hope they maintain Shakib as the captain till the WC. Nafees could have become a captain but his ICL exodus ruined that forever.

  • gmaurup on June 26, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Ashraful was dropped before, but also was returned without any performance or 'once in a lifetime' type performance (a double century in domestic). I will request the selectors not to consider him on basis of biased ideas (like played good against this team, his experience might be better for this condition, or he already had proper rest, bla bla bla...). The only thing that should be taken in consideration is batting performance in domestic. He should be returned only if he has the highest runs or the best average in domestic. Do not know, if I sound harsh. But he is the person who disturbed the balance of the team. I still believe if he scored at an average of 35-40 in the last two years, Bangladesh could have won a few more games than this almost zero success.