ICC World Twenty20 2012

Farhad Reza named in Bangladesh squad for World T20

Mohammad Isam

August 16, 2012

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Farhad Reza gets rid of Chamara Kapugedera, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Colombo, July 25, 2007
Farhad Reza has been picked for the World T20 © AFP
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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 squad for World Twenty20

  • Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Elias Sunny, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Farhad Reza, Abul Hasan.

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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Posted by   on (August 19, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

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

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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?

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by Mad_for_Shakib on (August 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

lulz...Abulla going to paly t20 worldcup

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 2:08 GMT)

I dont understand how the selectors can be called selectors! Abul instead of Nazmuk this is funny. Abul couldnt take wickets against associates and still got demolished even in friendly seam conditions. However Reza and Abul wont get any games.

Posted by Meety on (August 17, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster - Wow! Has someone hacked your account? That is the best comment I've seen you make on the topic of Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

haha...This is why the Bangladesh selectors had to select Farhad Reza. In his 8 T20 matches, his economy rate is well over 10 and batting average under 10 yeap he's definitely going to benefit the Bangladesh side yeah right! instead of Farhad and Abul, should've instead swapped them for Nazmul and Enamul .

Posted by Raiyan24r on (August 16, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

anamul should have been taken in place of jahurul.it would have been a great opportunity for anamul to gain experience .afterall,he is the future aspect ,captain of BD cricket.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

relax all bangladeshi fans......I think it has only to do with the team balance thats all....selectors picked reza because they wanted to pick an alternative all-rounder thats all.....he isnt gonna get game for sure if nobody is injured,,,,,,,,

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 16, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I wish Bangladesh good luck for World T20. They can really do some damage to other big teams. It's the shortest format of the game and anything can happen. SL conditions are similar to conditions anywhere else in the subcontinent so it would be foolish to write them off. Besides, it would be refreshing to see Bangladesh lift the trophy. That could kick start a new sense of belief in the whole Bangla nation. Good luck.

Posted by Raiyan24r on (August 16, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

nazmul shouldn't have been left out.now who's gonna partner mash in bowling.shafiul, he is out of form and just came out of injury.reza, he is not that bad in bowling but still leaks away runs. abul, I don't know what the selectors find in this. my guess his favourite bowler is Lee. he doesn't even have good age group performance.u don't need fast bowlers in t20 u need tight bowlers in t20.

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (August 16, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

These Selectors are Still Joking.....I Mean They Should have Replaced Abul with Reza Not with Nazmul....Nazmul is Bangladesh's 2nd Best Fast Bowler....Any Way I dont Want to see Abul in Playing XI....but if Shafiul is bowling badly then i would want to see Reza replacing him in XI....and if Ashraful is not doing well then i would say replace him with Junaid in XI otherwise the the XI should be the Same

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Decent choice by selectors, tried to keep same squad. But as my view they could try Naeem Islam and Shahadat Hossain instead of Farhad Reza and Abul Hasan where records speak for themselves. My preferred XI : 1.Tamim, 2.Ziaur, 3.Ashraful, 4.Shakib, 5.Nasir, 6.Mushfiqur, 7.Mahmudullah, 8.Mashrafe, 9.Razzaq, 10.Sunny, 11.Shafiul. Go Ahead Tigers .....!!!

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

tanstell87...haha...mate nobody knows the future a bit premature of you predicting results I mean what happens if you're wrong? Maybe I might remind you with the link if Bangladesh did win and if I seem to recall it, when people probably you as well were predicting a 3-0 thrashing from Ireland recently it turned out to be the complete opposite. You might be right but might also be wrong good luck! :))

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

sanga_cricket_fan@...You know what? I don't really mind where Rahman bats be first or last because it usually depends on the situation but there's a reason why I deliberately selected him as an opener and that's because its in Powerplay overs and because he hits so big, the chances of him getting 6s and settling himself in as well will give Bangladesh a great boost whereas in the end, fielders are outside the circle scattered all over the place so the chances of him getting out is considerably high plus there's not much time to get yourself in and that's why I advised the management to use him as an opener. Jahurul can also score quick and hit and really to me he's just backup should unfortunately Bangladesh collapse. I selected this squad based on my analyses on the tour to Zimbabwe and Europe recently and believe this squad is good enough to take Bangladesh past the group stages at least.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Where is Rubel Hussain? Is he injured,or retired?

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 16, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

@ Ahmed hussain. if if Ziaur rahman opens the innings who is going to do the finishing role in the death overs. specially when bang needs 40 or 45 odd runs in 4 overs. so its not a good idea to open the innings with rahman. there is noway jaharul is going to do the finishing role. rahman is the perfect man to bat at no.7 they should ask someone like junaid or ashraful to open the innings. bcoz if they occupy the crease they can play some big shots.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Again Ashraful? Ashraful is not accurate for T20. over it's world cup.....

Posted by Raiyan24r on (August 16, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

why? ?????didn't the selectors see abul's performance recently.there is no point in taking inexperienced players for a big tournament like this. previously I had stared in a comment that the problem with BCB is that they don't allow the players to get experienced domestically.u have done well in age levels so u r in the team. yes, u can take him in the team if he has done really well. but abul's performance isn't even that good that he can be take on the team right away.e. g ashraful,started playing at 17 didn't have that much of domestic experience .he can play every shot in the book but doesn't when to play which shot due to inexperience in domestic.playing domestic now and correcting them won't work as it will not change what he has learned earlier.taking reza isn't a problem.but keeping abul is. besides anamul should be taken instead of jahurul.cause he has experience.and has a lot of hope also can b e the reserve wc.

Posted by dr.sakil on (August 16, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

we will be in super 8........its a challange..

Posted by dr.sakil on (August 16, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

why every one forget ziaur rahman?? yesterday i saw him at mirpur stadium....i think he will be the real hero in t20 wc for bangladesh....have a gaint figure with blastic stamina with hitting power in his arsenal......i 'm going for him and johurul islam omi as a part time doctor in bangladesh cricket board...............

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

its not a good decession selector should drop abul give chane to nazmul

Posted by nazmulrana on (August 16, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

farhad is an ordinary allrounder. in t20 there is no need to take too many allrounders.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

hoping to get admitted in super 8... funny! as a bangladeshi it seems like this..

Posted by tanstell87 on (August 16, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

oh common they are not going to super eights...Pakistan & New Zealand will trash them...anyways i would look forward to Mortaza & Ashraful

Posted by S.S.Sagar on (August 16, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Farhad Reza AGAIN!! :| Dear SelectorS, PlS Contact A PSychiatriSt, Immediately. That LookS Like A 13 Men Squad, Actually. Abul & Reza Will Never Be in BeSt 11, If BD WantS to Win. Squad Should Be Like ThiS: 01.Tamim, 02.Ash, 03. Shakib, 04.Nasir, 05.Rahim, 06. Mahmudullah, 07.Zia, 08.Mortaza, 09.Razzaq, 10.Sunny, 11.Shafiul [Include Jahurul in Place of Shafiul, If BD WantS A Stronger Batting Line Up, Which They Need About in Every Other Match! :P]

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Politics is in cricket !i guess they (selectors) were influenced by some other back side facts that push them to pick farhad reza who cant score or bowl well even in clab level cricket but they are giving him chance again and again. Nazmul was a promising bowler, selectors just finished his career without giving him reasonable chance who always considered himself as a backup bowler only !

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

I think Abul is only there as an understudy. Very unlikely that he will get a game.

Posted by Meety on (August 16, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

@asiacricket1234 - I find your assessment of Reza appalling. Bangladesh's biggest weakness is their pace bowling, Reza is slow but he would be a great foil for Mortaza (not exactly express either), most other Banga pacers get carted. So you may as well have a bloke who has a FC ton, & ODI 50 to his name coming in at #9 or #10 in the batting line up! == == == Main Banga side would be 1. Tamim, 2. Rahim, 3. Nasir, 4. Shakib, 5. Mahmudullah, 6. J Islam, 7. Siddique, 8. Sunny, 9. Mortaza, 10. Reza, 11. Razzaq. I'd change the order to suit the occasion, should Bangladesh be chasing a lower score, I'd bring Siddique & Islam up the order to control things.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (August 16, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

R selectors kidding? It's not Test Cricket, it's T20! There's no value of extra-pace if a bowler leaks away runs with odd economy rate in T20! Nazmul is an experienced bowler with better economy rate. Yes, Nazmul has less speed with ball unlike Rubel or Shahadat. Selectors seem to seek a pacer who can b a replacement of Injured RUBEL. But picking an inexperienced guy is just a big mess. Coz Abul has speed like Rubel but not the skill.

Posted by Refat on (August 16, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Its really disappoinging that mominul isnt in squad.He is very nice form in t20 fomat.instead of abul hassn they could give chance allaudin babu, he also a good bowler.management should rethink about that.dont be favouritism for the national interest.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

We will miss Nazmul, whatever we want a good result from TEAM BANGLADESH.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

hahaha...Unbelievable! I agree with those who are saying Abul Hasan is a big mistake and for some silly reason, the Bangladesh management has still not learned from his performances during the Zimbabwe and Europe tour. Abul Hasan yes fast but so undeveloped and definitely not suited for that format and should be considered in the longer forms and if he is selected in the 1st 11 then Bangladesh will simply regret it because he's just too expensive infact I think in that T20 game against South Africa, he bowled 4 overs for about 50 runs I think so I'm not happy about this inclusion. Again why Farhad Reza? he simply can't play Cricket as his poor stats suggests. Right! based from this squad, this is how I think the first 11 should be - 01.Tamim, 02.Rahman, 03. Nasir, 04.Shakib, 05.Rahim, 06. Mahmudullah, 07.Jahurul, 08.Mortaza, 09.Razzaq, 10.Sunny, 11.Shafiul besides I think Rahman can bowl medium paces and his slower delivery is very deceiving so need of Farhad.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

what da ??!! abul still in & no nazmul.. you've gotta be kidding me , SELECTORS !!! :S :S

Posted by CricketRobin on (August 16, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

i would like to see anamul hoque in plzce of jahrul islam......because anamul is performing well but not getting enough change....

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (August 16, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

This is Redicoulas. Abul hasan isnt fast at all and if he bowl he will win the match for other team by himslef. He give away so much run. Nazmul didnt get wicket but atleast he doesnt give away that many run. I wonder what Selectors saw in this new kid. As for Farhaz reza he is good for nothing, Cant bat and have no hope as a bowler. I think even Abdur Razzaq Bowl faster than him. His selection doesnt make sense :/

Posted by bcric12 on (August 16, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

abul!!!!!! again!!!! ridiculous

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

This squad is for U-19 world cup?

Posted by Hattrick_Capes on (August 16, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

No Nazmul Hossain, but they're keeping Abul Hasan. Oh wow.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

What is the value of extra pace if Abul leaks away runs? In T20's, you need controlled bowling and Nazmul provides that. Reza should have been picked in place of Hasan. I mean Abul Hasan

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

It is disappointing that despite has match-winning performances, Nazmul is regularly dropped while Farhad has been picked despite his poor record! We will miss Nazmul in the "knock-out" match against New Zealand in the World T20!

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