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June 26, 2010
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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The thrills are rather low-octane, the skills are a bit lightweight, and the tournament overly India-centric
Plays of the day from the CLT20 game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings
Kids mimic the cricket heroes of the day, so the problem of throwing must be tackled before players reach the first-class level
But you can't expect a turnaround unless pitches, umpiring and practice facilities are simultaneously improved