England v Bangladesh 2010 June 26, 2010

Raqibul Hasan recalled for England ODIs

Cricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    why alok kapali is not being selected?

  • Mahbub 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.

  • MD GOLAM 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.

  • Shahidullah 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Shabab 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.

  • Shabab 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!

  • Mahmud 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 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.

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