ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 16, 2012

Farhad Reza named in Bangladesh squad for World T20

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Farhad Reza, a pace-bowling allrounder, is the only change in an otherwise settled 15-member Bangladesh squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Farhad replaced Nazmul Hossain in the team that will also be touring Trinidad and Tobago in early September for a four-nation tournament, though it will play under the name of Bangladesh Cricket Board XI.

Chief selector Akram Khan said Farhad's all-round abilities led him to be picked. "We said ahead of the Zimbabwe tour [in June] that 90% of the team would be the same," Akram told ESPNcricinfo. "We made one change to the squad that toured Europe by bringing in Farhad [Reza] in place of Nazmul [Hossain]. Farhad gives us a batting option down the order apart along with his role as a seamer."

Nazmul went wicketless in the two games he played during Bangladesh's tour of Europe last month. Abul Hasan, who also didn't pick a wicket in Ireland and the Netherlands, was preferred due to his extra pace. Farhad could have been chosen as a backup for Ziaur Rahman as it is unlikely for the team management to pick more than two seamers in Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh toured Zimbabwe in June and Europe in July and played ten matches against Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands, giving the selectors ample opportunity to assess the T20 side. They picked new faces like Ziaur, Hasan and Anamul Haque while the team management also experimented with the batting order.

Ziaur, who bowls fast-medium, was promising with his ability to play as a big-hitting floater in the middle order, as he showed during a quickfire 40 against Ireland. Mohammad Ashraful's strike-rate - 91.20 in four matches in Europe - remains a worry but he did score enough runs to convince the selectors to retain him as an opener alongside Tamim Iqbal.

Bangladesh's fortunes will depend heavily on Shakib Al Hasan, who will continue to bat at No. 3 as he had done during the Europe tour. Shakib is currently recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him from the SLPL. He has started bowling in the nets and will be working closely with Saqlain Mushtaq, who has joined the Bangladesh coaching staff for four months as the spin-bowling consultant.

Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny will be facing his first major Twenty20 challenge, having made a record-breaking debut against Ireland last month while Mashrafe Mortaza will have a key role to play as the most experienced seamer in the bowling attack.

Bangladesh will take on New Zealand on September 21 before meeting Pakistan on September 25. Both matches will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • dummy4fb on August 19, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    not a good decision....they could choose Naiem islam.

  • red_bd on August 19, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Asian wicket always suits spin attack..why they are so foolish.... naiem islam could be an effective player..

  • hasib9 on August 19, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    I'm not seeing Nafees in the list but Siddique still managed a place. Ashraful but no Naeem Islam?

  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    the pace department of Bangladesh is very poor and no variation,no line length. BCB SHOULD HIRE FAST BOWLING COACH IMMEDIATLY from Westindies, Australia and South Africa.

  • TheBlackMonk on August 18, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Good to see Reza back, he's a decent bowler and hope will leak lesser run than Abul. Make sure he gets enough chance of proving himself, dropping him after a match or two won't say much of his caliber, hope this time selectors will think otherwise.

  • Mad_for_Shakib on August 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    lulz...Abulla going to paly t20 worldcup

  • bdsmaruf on August 17, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    its really a funny decision, abul hasan is in squad in stead of nazmul. it will be costly..... mark it.

  • Raiyan24r on August 17, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    nayeem islam is on a splendid run.his recent form is outstanding.he should have been taken in place of abul.taking reza is not a problem but excluding nazmul instead of abul is a crime.anamul,nayeem,enamul etc are all in line before reza.

  • reyme on August 17, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Mahinder Amarnath once called the Indian selectors as "bunch of jokers". I wonder what he will say about these "selectors". Being selectors in BD means make handsome money doing nothing. And everytime they win, same XI is retained, for the sake of "winning combination". Why do you need selectors if same set of players will play regardless? On top of it, they have to mess things up every single time.

  • dummy4fb on August 17, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    The selectors are stupid its very dissapointing to see nazmul get droped he does good lenght bowling and he doesnt leak run so what if he bowls slow as long as u dont leak runs. and farhad reza isnt good enough we neeed Shvagota hom what happend to him hes perfect

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