Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 February 18, 2013

Junaid, Nazimuddin dropped from preliminary squad for SL


Bangladesh batsmen Junaid Siddique and Nazimuddin, who opened in a Test each against West Indies and scored 31 runs together, have been dropped from the preliminary squad of 25 for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka. A few recent performers like Marshall Ayub and Shamsur Rahman were named in the squad.

Bangladesh chief selector Akram Khan doesn't anticipate making too many changes to the Test side, but he admitted to the scarce choices for opening batsmen and pace bowlers.

"We don't have too many options [for the openers], and not many have done well in the recent past," Akram said. "We are also on a blind spot with pace bowling, unfortunately. We cannot consider them by what we have seen of them so far. It is very difficult to ascertain a fast bowler's performance by just seeing four overs in the BPL."

Tamim Iqbal hasn't had a regular opening partner in Tests for the last two years. Nazimuddin and Imrul Kayes have played three Tests each while Junaid played just one against West Indies earlier this season. Anamul Haque could get a chance after playing all five ODIs against West Indies, in which he scored a century. The selectors have also kept Shamsur in the mix.

Among the pace bowlers, Rubel Hossain's new-ball partner could be any one out of Shafiul Islam, Abul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Nazmul Hossain and Rabiul Islam. Shafiul got back to international cricket recently after a lengthy injury break, while Abul and Shahadat got only a wicket between themselves in the Tests against West Indies.

The Bangladesh middle order has been a settled one for quite a long time with Naeem Islam likely to continue at No. 4 followed by Shakib Al Hasan (pending recovery from shin injury), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain.

As a result, Akram has all but ruled out any new faces and either one or two of Marshall, Anamul and Mominul Haque are strong cases for inclusion. Marshall has averaged 81.38 in ten first-class matches this season, scoring 1058 runs with four centuries including his highest score of 289 for Central Zone in the Bangladesh Cricket League.

"We haven't thought about new faces because Bangladesh have done well against West Indies recently. I don't have too many options too, except for some competition among the left-arm spinners.

"Marshall has been doing well and is in good form, so this is the right time to pick him. In case of [Anamul Haque] Bijoy and Mominul [Haque], we are keeping them in our mind but we have several players in a few positions," Akram said.

The Test squad is set to be named on either February 22 or 23 for the two-match series which will begin on March 8 in Galle.

Bangladesh preliminary squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Elias Sunny, Ziaur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abul Hasan, Jahurul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Anamul Haque, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Mominul Haque, Shahriar Nafees, Shahadat Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Robiul Islam, Sohag Gazi, Naeem Islam, Enamul Haque jnr, Shamsur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Marshall Ayub.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Javed on February 21, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    @Htc-Android: You have no idea about Bangladeshi players. Tamim doesn't even consider as a top five players in current Bangladesh team. Here are the top five players in Bangladesh. 1.Nasir Hossain, 2.Mushfiqur Rahim,3.Sohag Gazi 4.Mahmudullah 5.Shakib. FYI: Bangladesh recently won the series against WI without Shakib. Tamim was never consistent. Bangladesh team no longer depends on Tamim and Shakib.

  • Rahim on February 20, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    My test XI: Tamim, shahriar Nafiz, Nasir, Musfiq, shakib, Marshall, Riyad, Sohag, Rubel, Razzak.Abul hasan. Instead of Shakib( Injury) Nayeem/ Shamsur.

    My ODI XI: Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Nasir, Shakib (or jahurul l if Shakib is injured), Mushfiq, Riyad, Musaraf rubel, Sohag, Mash, Nazmul.

  • Smith on February 20, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Taskin is definitely not ready for Test Cricket don't care how good he is with the ball lets not rush him and maybe next year, he may get a chance. But I see no reason why he cannot be part of our T20 squad even ODIs and selectors should consider him for those to boost up our pace choices. If Shakib is fit to play then this should be the 11 for tests:-

    Tamim, Marshall, Anamul, Shahriar, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe, Gazi and Rubel. Or they can take away 1 batsman i.e. Shahriar and put in an extra seamer i.e. Shafiul who has the ability to swing the ball both ways.

    If Shakib not playing then:- Tamim, Marshall, Anamul, Shahriar, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe, Gazi, Rubel and Enamul. Enamul is Bangladesh's best left arm spinner better than Shakib but it will mean this line-up will have to work extra hard because Shakib can bat but Enamul can't so we're losing on average 40 runs without Shakib.

  • Syed on February 20, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    Shamsur/ Jahrul in for 2nd spot. Tamim needs to learn that if he keeps failing he will lose his place. Marshal Ayub MUST be in test team! Please no Abul, he wont score a hundred all the time and you cant call him a pace bowler (like all our pacers, and to an extent Mashrafee). Abul apparently has pace but pace is good at youth level but in international you need variation and clever strategy.

  • nathaniel on February 20, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    I agree with TheRisingTeam . Taskin Ahmed is a huge prospect for BD and we all know BD desperately needs to develop its fast balling depertment. But the only way for Taskin to learn, improve and develop/grow is playing either in bpl or national side. He may not do well right at the beginning playing in national side but he will definitely improve fast and bd will strenghen its pace attack very significantly soon.

  • Sami on February 19, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    As long as we can get our 11 right, I actually see no reason why we cannot beat Sri Lanka in any series including tests. Sri Lanka team is different now and don't have the likes of Murali, Vass, De Silva etc with them anymore. The thing that I worry about our team is whether we can change from T20 mode to Test mode quickly but that looks quite unlikely given how Bangladesh played against the West Indies in test series like it was a one day match. Regardless, Sri Lanka have everything to lose.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    For the first time selectors did right thing without prejudice keeping country's interest in mind. This team is expected to do wonder with spirit. There will be no rat to dig underneath. Everybody will feel safe about their position and will work harder and harder in each game. Message is clear for all of them. If their performance is up to the expected standard- they have nothing to fear even if they loose the match ultimately. Cricket is no longer one man show. Unity is needed in all departments for success. This team will go without fearing about stabbing from the back as happened to Shakib and Tamim during last tour (WI & ZIM) abroad. Mushi is luck indeed. Today, every member of Dhaka Gladiators were present in the Prize distribution ceremony. Have any one of you seen Ashraful in the photo session? The answer is big NO. Why? Because it's his typical jealousy as he has shown many times in the past. His talent is stained badly with malicious attitude. He should recover quickly.

  • Shipu on February 19, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    I really want to see Taskin Ahmed the 17 year old teenager to come in place for Abul because not only he's very talented with the ball but will do wonders in the fast bowling department than the likes of Shahadat, Robiul or Abul who in my view are ordinary bowlers. This guy bowled out Dilshan with ease so I really hope there will be a u-turn by the selectors in including him for the whole tour. Here's my final 16 XI -

    Tamim, Marshall, Anamul, Shahriar, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe, Gazi and Rubel...5 reserves...Naeem, Enamul jr, Shafiul, Taskin and Nazmul.

  • Ken on February 19, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    My test XI: Tamim, Shamsur/Jahrul, Nayeem, Marshall, Nasir, Shakib, Mush, Riyad, Sohag, Rubel, Shafiul

    Anamul needs more experience otherwise i would have selected him. Also, wanted to pick Enamul but couldnt find a place for him.

    My ODI XI: Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Nasir, Shakib (or Mominul if Shakib is injured), Mush,Riyad, Razzak, Sohag, Mash, Nazmul

    I wanted to pick Ziaur but im not sure who i would drop.

  • Tapash on February 19, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I strongly criticize for not including Ashraful in the squad. Ashraful is much needed cricketer for this tour. His recent form is fantastic and has been playing wonderful home cricket last couple of years. I don't understand why selector panel did not select him. I can certainly say, Ashraful will do better than many players who have been selected, specially better than Tamim Iqbal. This type of decision is not good for our cricket.