Bangladesh news February 16, 2014

Fit-again Abdur Razzak replaces Arafat Sunny

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh have gone for the tried and tested in their 15-man World Twenty20 squad, as there are no major inclusions or exclusions. Mushfiqur Rahim will lead the best available team with a proper spread of allrounders, as well as specialist batsmen and bowlers.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has called the inclusion of Sabbir Rahman, who made his debut against Sri Lanka by scoring 26 in the second Twenty20, as an opportunity for someone with potential in this format. Sabbir gets his chance after hitting six T20 fifties in the domestic competition last season.

"The Bangladesh team is a blend of experience and youth," Faruque said. "We have considered the fact that this was a world event and experience was necessary as well as giving opportunity to youngsters like Mominul Haque and Sabbir Rahman who have the potential to excel in the shortest format.

"Someone like Arafat Sunny, who has impressed everyone and had been performing consistently at domestic level, had to miss out because we needed to have that balance."

Sunny misses out because Abdur Razzak, the senior left-arm spinner, has been deemed fit enough to play the tournament after he had suffered a hamstring injury earlier this month.

"We have a lot of depth in our bowling. There are three pace bowlers and a seaming all-rounder. However, in our conditions spin will be the main strength and we are well covered in that area with Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak and Sohag Gazi.

"I also believe this is an excellent fielding side and that was evident in the recent Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka."

Bangladesh open their World T20 campaign against Afghanistan on March 16, in the first round of the competition.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Farhad Reza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain.

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  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    a balanced team!! i loved it

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    its not test cricket , its t20 why Mahmudullah are bd t20 team

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    BD chief selector must need to do a better job. Rubel Hossain & Mahmudullah must need to be dropped from all format of cricket. These two do not belong to international arena. Farhad Reza & Gazi should not be considered for T20. Mominul is a fine player who will excel in Test & ODI but should not be experimented with T20. I think BD fans at back home should raise their voice about selection process.

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    I want to need for taskin Ahmed . He is very very good for you can use with you hear you doing this to you?

  • Hasib on February 17, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Again, another horrific decision by the selectors. When you have 3 world class left arm spinners, why not pick all 3? Gazi shouldn't be in T20, I have been saying that from the beginning of his career. Is Rubel Hussain related to anyone in the management, or a close friend/buddy? Shafiul just happens to be such a great death bowler. I will never understand Faruk.. I'm actually missing Akram Khan. Zia's bowling in the T20 is also pretty good.. Reza is more of a test or ODI player.. Sunny just looked impressive with the new ball and wanted to see him tested at the death overs.. just like Razzak was groomed during Rafiq, Sunny needs to be groomed during Razzak..

  • Rizwan on February 17, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @neanderthal, actually BD is good in ODIs compared to T20 or Tests, if you go through stats. I don't think T20 isn't a format that gives less skillful team better chances. It just requires different skill-set, strategy & planning. Also it's still relatively young.

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Why they select Forhad Reza whearas we got better option like Ziaur Rahman & Muktar Ali. They hit the ball with their free arms and slow medium will be very useful in our pitches ... Mominul shouldn't consider in T20 format.. We should preserve him for TEST & ODI. Al-Amin is too young for any World Cup. Shafiul should replace him In my Eyes Squad should be: 1.Tamim 2. Anamul 3. Shamsur 4. Sabbir 5. Shakib 6. Mushfiq 7. Nasir 8. Mahmudullah 9. Mashrafee 10. Razzak 11. Rubel 12. Ziaur Rahman 13. Muktar Ali 14. Arafat Sunny 15. Junaid Siddike

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    @ justanotherfan13 it looks you only know cricket better thats why you are complaining about others comment instead just writing your view. If we can bowl 12 over with our spinner and with our home condition and keep opponent team inside a marginal score then why not! as our record says that we lost last 10 match and win only two among 12. So what works and suits best that BD should take as a strategy. Shakib is the best t20 bowler for his experience. He is a automatic choice. and now come Razzak or Arafat. My point is If selectors want to play three spinners then Arafat is much useful than Gazi specially in this format. We already have two pacers and a so called pace alrounder Reza. i have a doubt about your cricket knowledge.

  • Kaustav on February 16, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Shorter the game, more chances less skillful teams have against strong oppositions. T20 should be best place for BD.

  • Tonmoy on February 16, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    Selectors should include zia replacing reza. And what about shafiul. If he is fit enough, and perfom in coming days, then also think about him for the aquad. If mash don't perform in next series, please drop him, because, his pace lacked speed. Bedt of luck for the TIGERsss.

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