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Ashraful recalled for Zimbabwe T20s

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May 31, 2012

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Mohammad Ashraful plays one behind square on the off side, Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Asia Cup, Dambulla, June 16, 2010
Mohammad Ashraful makes a return to the Bangladesh squad © Associated Press

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful and opening batsman Junaid Siddique have been recalled for the unofficial Twenty20 tri-series against Zimbabwe and South Africa next month after reasonable performances in Bangladesh Premier League. They replaced Nazimuddin and Jahurul Islam, both of whom were in the top-order during the Asia Cup in March.

The Akram Khan-led selection panel also left out Shahadat Hossain and Imrul Kayes and included allrounders Farhad Reza and Ziaur Rahman. The selectors have also retained uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Anamul Haque and fast bowler Abul Hasan, who replaced Shafiul Islam midway through the Asia Cup after Shafiul had hurt his shoulder.

This season, Ashraful and Junaid have batted like they used to in the early part of their careers in the Twenty20 format. Ashraful has the most runs in T20Is for Bangladesh and was the second highest scorer among country's batsmen in the BPL with 258 runs at a strike-rate of 112.66 including a fifty. Junaid scored 238 runs in the BPL and had been in good form in first-class cricket. He played his last T20I in August 2009 against West Indies.

"Junaid [Siddique] has a very good reputation as a Twenty20 player and most importantly, he played well in BPL and in the later part of the National Cricket League," Akram said.

"Ashraful also looked good in the domestic competition as he always does. It is also true that he cannot fulfill our expectations, but we want to keep faith in him because he is a very good option for Twenty20 cricket," he added.

Ashraful is currently playing for Blackheath Club in the Kent Premier League and will return to the country on June 8.

But many will closely follow how Ziaur steps up to the bigger stage in his first recall since being named in the provisional squad for the inaugural World Twenty20 five years ago. A 25-year-old allrounder, Ziaur's medium-pace bowling has been overshadowed by his big-hitting capabilities.

Ziaur tapered off during the intervening period but has had a much better season for Khulna, his first-class side, before making important top-order contributions for Chittagong Kings in the BPL. In the country's top one-day league, the Dhaka Premier League, Ziaur has been instrumental in Old DOHS Sports Club's stay at the top of the table with some quick runs during the Powerplays.

  • IN: Junaid Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Farhad Reza and Ziaur Rahman
  • OUT: Imrul Kayes, Jahurul Islam, Nazimuddin, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain

Imrul Kayes could consider himself unlucky as he has had very few chances since being sidelined during the Asia Cup. He had made it into the squad after finding some form in domestic cricket but lost out to Nizamuddin as Tamim Iqbal's opening partner. Now Imrul, Nizamuddin and Jahurul have been cast aside.

"[Jahurul Islam] Omi is unlucky because as a back-up wicketkeeper-batsman [Anamul Haque] Bijoy impressed us the most. Bijoy has been in good touch and performed well in all levels of domestic cricket. He is a good prospect," Akram said. "On the other hand Imrul [Kayes] is a good opening batsman but he is suited for the 50-overs game."

It would be the first opportunity for skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and the team management, led by newly-appointed coach Richard Pybus, to assess resources in the Twenty20 format. Akram too sees this as the first of three opportunities to put together a balanced line-up for the ICC World Twenty20s in September.

"We have good opportunity to find out the right combination for the Twenty20 World Cup. We are scheduled to play in Zimbabwe, Trinidad & Tobago and Ireland and thought we are not in favour of making changes, we always want to recognise performances," Akram said.

Bangladesh arrive in Harare on June 13 and take on Zimbabwe in the first game of the tournament on June 17.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah (vice-capt), Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Mashrafe Mortaza, Farhad Reza, Nazmul Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Abul Hasan


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Posted by Tawhidul on (June 3, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Bad Decision taken by BCB. Poor Ashraful is again in the squad! This man never proves his potentiality for BD team. He made few cameo innings by playing huge no. of innings and have lack of consistency. But again & again he returns in the team for his back-up(!?!). Good to see that Nazimuddin is not in the squad and proves that he is not for International cricket. Imrul Kayes, Jahurul Islam must be in squad because they were in the Asia Cup 2012 but any match (Imrul Kayes) or few match (Jahurul Islam). They are thrown without giving them any chance to perform, although they were included by their performance. Inclusion of Ziaur Rahman is a good steps but late decision

Posted by Smith on (June 3, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Bangladesh are a team that is on the rise and I feel the selectors have got it right for once. The only player they have mistakenly selected was Farhad Reza as he is not that good and performed badly in his last International encounter. Mominul Haque should have been chosen instead of him.

Posted by Muhammad Rakibul on (June 3, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

@ me.nuralam: Aftab's per4mance in recent years is vulnerable. His poor form in Domestic circuit puts him out of selectors plan. So wrong choice met.

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 3, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Shafiul has a very good economy rate in t20 international (6.56) which is very good for any country.Farhad is very expensive and out of form for long time.Junaed is one of the best t20 batsman of the country.my team- 1.tamim 2.Junaed 3.Ashraful 4.sakib 5.nasir 6.mushfik 7.mashrafi 8.mahmdullah 9.razzak 10.nazmul 11.Elias I don't want Mahmudullah because he is not suitable for t20(past record poor) but there is no option left.Mominul,Sabbir and Milon could be in the squad because they are the top t20 player of the country.

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 3, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

THE playing 11 shud be: 1.tamim 2.anamul 3.Ashrafoool 4.sakib 5.nasir 6.mushfik 7.mashrafi 8.mahmdullah 9.razzak 10.nazmul 11.abul hasan no need for junaid cos we already hav tamim as the lefty opener and he might break -the left-right openin combination so anamul cud b a gud RIGTHY opener. -ash is gud in t20s i believe...n i think he wont disappont us in t20s this tym -abul hasan shud be the 3rd pacer cos zim pitches r not slow lyk bd n BD played 3 pacers in asia cup too!! best of luck BD :) our prayers r with u

Posted by KH. RAFIQUE on (June 3, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

@legaleagle on (June 01 2012, 11:26 AM GMT) if you think that BAN is ordinary then why are you wasting your precious time on commenting???? ASH might be a good choice for T20 opening (Though i really doubt).......But why ordinary players like Forhad Reza and Mahmudullah is being called????No way they suit T20......Otherwise the whole team is quite balanced...........

Posted by Nur on (June 2, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Good selection, but would like to see T20 special batsman Aftab Ahmed & Alok Kapali back into the squad. And all the best for Ashraful. Ash please do something better this time.....plzzzz plzzz and plzzz

Posted by kamrul on (June 2, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Farhad reja good choice but jahirul out is not good.....i think alok and aftab need for long term view.....

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 2, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

consistently most inconsistency performer the great Ash.Best of luck to him.

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 2, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

mominul haque and subsequently sabbir rahman should come to the squad instead of ashrafulllllll and forhad reza.mominul as batsman and sabbir legi allrounder

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