Bangladesh in England 2010 July 9, 2010

Bangladesh summon reserves as injuries bite


Bangladesh have called up batsman Mohammad Ashraful, allrounder Naeem Islam and wicketkeeper Saghir Hossain to their injury-hit squad in England. Their first-choice keeper Mushfiqur Rahim has been ruled out for a week after taking a blow in the face and their top-scorer in the first ODI at Trent Bridge, Raqibul Hasan, is out for the rest of the tour after fracturing his toe.

Mushfiqur was struck in the face while standing up to the left-arm spinner Faisal Hossain and had to be stretchered off the field. X-rays showed there was no fracture, but he is being kept in hospital for observation. Raqibul, meanwhile, was struck on the boot by a James Anderson yorker and run out without facing another ball for 76 after his recall to the side following "retirement" earlier in the year.

It is the loss of Mushfiqur that will be the biggest blow to Bangladesh's hopes, however. He is one of the lynchpins of their side - reliable with the gloves and combative with the bat, as he showed with two big sixes off Anderson towards the end of the Bangladesh innings. With no reserve keeper in the squad, Bangladesh face the prospect of having to use Jahurul Islam, who missed the Trent Bridge match with illness, at Bristol if Saghir doesn't arrive in time for Saturday's game.

"Ashraful left home this morning while Naeem will also fly out on the next available flight as Raqibul and Mushfiqur will not be available in the remaining two matches of the series," chief selector Rafiqul Alam told Reuters. "Saghir will join the squad as soon as possible subject to visa approval. Until he reaches England, batsman Jahurul Islam will handle the job of wicketkeeper."

Bangladesh have not won a single international match in 2010, and morale in the squad is low, a fact that Mashrafe Mortaza did not try to disguise on his return to the captaincy for the first time in 12 months. "I think we need some belief, definitely," he said. "Hopefully we will find it next game.

"It's very difficult to beat a team like England in England," he added. "They beat Australia and they are in really good form. Also, we have lost two key players in the side so it's not easy. Hopefully the boys that are are experienced will show some good batting. But the team is definitely under pressure now. We have lost 20 games in a row, and as a captain I have to lift the other 14 guys."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • Rai on July 11, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    @ Miller, no please don't. Please don't send Greatminhaj's squad to JS. Rahim already bats at 7, and it's bad enough. Rahim needs to bat up. He is way too solid and technical to bat at 7. He is not a slugger. He shouldn't bat during the death overs. If he is playing he should bat at 4, and Jahurul Islam should bat at 5. Shakib at 6. Ashrafuzz, Riyad, or Fossial at 7. Who ever can act as a finisher should be picked out of those 3.

    Ashraful should just become a finisher. Bat at 7-8. Guys like Bevan MHussey bats at 7 and acts as a finisher, and they are wayy better than Ashraful. So why can't Ashraful do the job? He doesn't belong in middle order any ways.

    No pass that onto JS

  • Minhaj on July 10, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    @Andrew miller.. would u plz pass my squad selection for batting order for bangladesh to Jemie Siddons or any other management stuff. is their anyway ?

  • Minhaj on July 10, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Bangladesh squad batting lineup shuld be 1.Tamim 2.Imrul Kayes 3.Junaed 4.Mahmudullah 5.Shakib 6.Ashraful 7.Mushfiq /......

    Mahmudullah's batting technique doesn't match with no 7 position.He iz a real middle order batsman and no 4 position iz much much suitable for him.No 7 position iz killing his performance.i can assure u dat he will be a star batsman at da middle like Umar Akmal doing in Pakistan team. Ashraful iz a nervous Batsman. No 6 position iz much suitable for him at da time to bring his confident and he can make da last powerplay effective at the end while bangladesh lower order making collapse.In run chase Ashrafull can make quick runs for his team to win.At no 6 position Ashraful iz da only man to Make deference for winning rather then Mahmudullah.No 4 position for Ashraful and No 6 position for Mahmudullah iz killing both of their performance.Plz do this experiment Jamie Siddons. This will make Bangladesh cricket team better much much better. All da best...

  • Naeem on July 9, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    shababfalam @@ : i dun think u hav any knwldg abt cricket....!!!bangladesh is nt a team lyk Australia...tht u hav enough performer on domestic level...ASH is undoubtly automatic choice as a match winner.... sumdays ago i read a cmnt of urs nd u mentiond Imrul as a potential batsman...!!he is realy potential...talented..he must be brk the records of Javed Omor belim.....incredible strike rate of 64 !!!!!!!!! nd mr Shabab my cordial rqst to u tht plz check the avrg of ur grt players lyk NAeem islam, Imrul or sumone lyk them.... yeah m agree wid maximum pple of here who realy wnt alok kapali to get in .....yes he deserves another chance....Shahariar NAfees too...he is way much better thn Imrul.:@@

  • Rai on July 9, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    @ Alok Kapali fans: It's funny how you guys want another 'Ashraful' (under-performer, underachiever, flucky player) to replace Ashraful. Get over that India 100 and ICL 100 against gully bowlers. That was 3 years ago. What has he done since? What has he does recently that makes him better than Ashraful? What has he done to be in the team? Nothing. Go check his domestic stuff. He is unfit, he is fat, and he is not scoring. He denied to play for BD A team when he was picked, TWICE. What does he think he is too good to be in A team?? He has to prove himself in A team, and THEN get picked in natioanls. These type of attitude should be allowed to enter in National team.

    Both Ashraful and Alok does not deserve to be in team. I wont pick either of them. But if I had to HAD to pick one I would pick Ashrafool, because he is not a lazy ass jackass like Kapali, who looks for easy money

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    This is just surprising that selectors are not yet learned about Ash.........they seems to believe on superstitions that....ash. will make BD victorious......but how? continuously scoring ducks??????

  • Bang on July 9, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    @ Priyabrata Chowdhury, its a God-sent opportunity for Lotus Kamal to push Ashraful in! Against Jami Siddon's wishes, Ashraful was pushed in for long time but again Jamie doesn't want Alok Kapali, who clearly is the best, and Lotus doesn't want Kapali, you know why.

  • Auntu on July 9, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Ashraful is a hell of a lucky player.

  • qamar on July 9, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    I totally oppose the idea of not bringing ashraful in as a replacement. I think he is best choice for now. kapali, r u kidding. he is physically fit to play at international level. and dhiman is not gilchirst.....his batting is very poor....

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Seriously, folks. Ashraful and Naeem! I thought they were sent to the gallows until they recovered their composure. I don't think the world cricket is that of a child's game anymore. They is a clear bias in the selection and the selector's have lost their focus. Mithun Ali, Roni Talukder, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Anamul Haque....there are of course, the old warhorses Nazimuddin, Alok Kapali, Shariar Nafees and Aftab. Please, the team should at least not consider Ash in the playing 11 and let him carry the drinks. Only then his heart will grow fonder for the ambition and aspiration for batting for his country and not have a carte blanche like the present selection committee dole him out quite so often.And yes, it's time to change the selectors. At least Rafiqul alam should take the hike. We the taxpayers don't pay our precious money for such a committee that does not foresee the development and planning of cricket in our country.

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