Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 February 25, 2013

Injured Enamul, Naeem out of SL tour

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A day after he made the Test side for the first time in more than three years, Bangladesh left-arm spinner Enamul Haque jnr has lost his spot on the tour of Sri Lanka because of a hamstring injury suffered during training on Monday. Middle-order batsman Naeem Islam was also ruled out with a right quadriceps tear.

The selectors named uncapped batsman Marshall Ayub and left-arm spinner Elias Sunny as replacements. It is the first time Marshall was picked in the senior side. He was always a likely call-up but Sunny's selection is confusing, especially in light of what chief selector Akram Khan said the previous day while announcing the 15-man squad.

Enamul had close competition from left-arm spinners Mosharraf Hossain and Saqlain Sajib, but the selectors went for Sunny after it was ascertained that Enamul's injury would keep him away from the Test series. "Enamul complained today morning of left hamstring pain," Bangladesh's physio Vibhav Singh said. "After assessment it was found he has a grade one hamstring tear. This will see him receiving physiotherapy and rehabilitation for about seven to ten days."

Naeem suffered his injury while trying to stop a ball with his foot during a BPL match for Chittagong Kings. He stepped on the ball carelessly and slipped. He was carried off on a stretcher, though the Kings management played down the injury at the time.

Naeem missed four BPL matches after that before playing the second semifinal against Sylhet Royals. He later appeared for North Zone in the BCL final, so it is uncertain who made the decision for him to play despite hurting his quadriceps. "Naeem has a grade two quadriceps tear of the right leg," Vibhav said. "He has pain and weakness on testing. He will need to have physiotherapy and rehabilitation for at least two to three weeks."

Naeem's replacement Marshall scored more than 1000 runs in the first-class season. He is the highest run-scorer in the NCL - 604 runs in seven matches - and BCL - 465 runs in three matches - and scored a double-century both the two first-class competitions. Sunny played three NCL matches this season, taking 10 wickets, as he was busy with the senior team at the time. He took 13 wickets at an average of 37.15 in the BCL.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • ziggy500 on February 27, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Isn't Enamul just gone for 8 days, if so he can be back for the second test, if not ODI's. He should at least be fully fit for 2nd ODI not the whole tour. Haven't heard extent of Naeem though.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    What ever may be the team selection, the results will be same as old!

  • ExtremeSpeed on February 26, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Sunny is experience and confident which is why he got the nod compared to all the other SLA bowlers we have plus can bat a bit.

  • TheRisingTeam on February 26, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    BD XI - Tamim, Marshall, Anamul, Shahriar, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Abul, Gazi, Sunny and Rubel. Please no Mominul, Shahadat or Robiul in this series.

  • SarfBD on February 26, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @ NAD_SriLankanBoy, Yeah, he is a match winner in his day. But no one knows when his day might come. Had a poor FC season with just a single ton and no fifty...

  • SarfBD on February 26, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Shamsur is a good prospect. But 4 new batsmen are too much for Bangladesh. Besides, he had a moderate FC season with an average of 35 and was the 14th highest run scorer. You can't select someone for Tests based on his Twenty20 performance. I hope Shamsur can carry on his form and have a good FC season. Our pipeline seems very promising!

  • saifur.raffael on February 26, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Just don't understand why are everyone so much eager to include Shamsur in the Bangladesh team??? And that too in the test squad !!!! He is a decent player and had good BPL no doubt but that doesn't mean right at the very moment he will also be good in the national colors too. Just check out his BCL & NCL records this season you guys will get the point why. He is averaging 39.6 & 29 respectively, which is not good enough considering other batsman's average in Bangladesh Domestic arena this season. It will be more than justice if the selectors give him a chance in the T20 team. I hope everyone should now stop demanding his inclusion in the squad and let him be as an emerging player. I am sure if he performs like this in every format and in the A Team then there might be a great opener waiting for BD in the future. Full stop.

  • britishcricketfan on February 26, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    my BNG test xi: tamim, shamsur, jahrul/ayub,anamul, nasir, mushfiqur, riyad, sohag, sunny, rubel, abul

    too early for mominul. shamsur dealt with short ball well during BPL. Jahrul is experienced and dependable. ayub deserves his chance. anamul is future no.3 batsman, but still too early. pace bowling is a big worry. rubel has to play cos he can reverse swing and had decent BPL. shahadat has had his time. unfortunate that shafiul and nazmul aren't selected, would have been much more confident for BNG.

  • NAD_SL on February 26, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    why isnt ashraful in the Bangladesh side? he's a good player you know..

  • on February 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    After shock of BPL! Embrace it now! BCB could have at least ask the franchises to release its centrally contracted players at least 25 -30 days before a series starts. It's not just these two players, a lot of players will be carrying injuries now. Good, get mentally prepared for innings defeats.

    Why the decision to send Shakib to Aus was taken so late ? Why steps were not taken to diagnose it earlier ? Do BCB even care about Test matches ? This series will actually reveal if the BPL governs BCB or the other way around.

  • ziggy500 on February 27, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Isn't Enamul just gone for 8 days, if so he can be back for the second test, if not ODI's. He should at least be fully fit for 2nd ODI not the whole tour. Haven't heard extent of Naeem though.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    What ever may be the team selection, the results will be same as old!

  • ExtremeSpeed on February 26, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Sunny is experience and confident which is why he got the nod compared to all the other SLA bowlers we have plus can bat a bit.

  • TheRisingTeam on February 26, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    BD XI - Tamim, Marshall, Anamul, Shahriar, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Abul, Gazi, Sunny and Rubel. Please no Mominul, Shahadat or Robiul in this series.

  • SarfBD on February 26, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @ NAD_SriLankanBoy, Yeah, he is a match winner in his day. But no one knows when his day might come. Had a poor FC season with just a single ton and no fifty...

  • SarfBD on February 26, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Shamsur is a good prospect. But 4 new batsmen are too much for Bangladesh. Besides, he had a moderate FC season with an average of 35 and was the 14th highest run scorer. You can't select someone for Tests based on his Twenty20 performance. I hope Shamsur can carry on his form and have a good FC season. Our pipeline seems very promising!

  • saifur.raffael on February 26, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Just don't understand why are everyone so much eager to include Shamsur in the Bangladesh team??? And that too in the test squad !!!! He is a decent player and had good BPL no doubt but that doesn't mean right at the very moment he will also be good in the national colors too. Just check out his BCL & NCL records this season you guys will get the point why. He is averaging 39.6 & 29 respectively, which is not good enough considering other batsman's average in Bangladesh Domestic arena this season. It will be more than justice if the selectors give him a chance in the T20 team. I hope everyone should now stop demanding his inclusion in the squad and let him be as an emerging player. I am sure if he performs like this in every format and in the A Team then there might be a great opener waiting for BD in the future. Full stop.

  • britishcricketfan on February 26, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    my BNG test xi: tamim, shamsur, jahrul/ayub,anamul, nasir, mushfiqur, riyad, sohag, sunny, rubel, abul

    too early for mominul. shamsur dealt with short ball well during BPL. Jahrul is experienced and dependable. ayub deserves his chance. anamul is future no.3 batsman, but still too early. pace bowling is a big worry. rubel has to play cos he can reverse swing and had decent BPL. shahadat has had his time. unfortunate that shafiul and nazmul aren't selected, would have been much more confident for BNG.

  • NAD_SL on February 26, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    why isnt ashraful in the Bangladesh side? he's a good player you know..

  • on February 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    After shock of BPL! Embrace it now! BCB could have at least ask the franchises to release its centrally contracted players at least 25 -30 days before a series starts. It's not just these two players, a lot of players will be carrying injuries now. Good, get mentally prepared for innings defeats.

    Why the decision to send Shakib to Aus was taken so late ? Why steps were not taken to diagnose it earlier ? Do BCB even care about Test matches ? This series will actually reveal if the BPL governs BCB or the other way around.

  • on February 26, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    My Test Xi Tamim, Shamsur/Anamul (Shamsur Over Anamul), Marshal,Mushfiq,Nasir,Riyad, Mominul, Gazi, Sunny , Shahadat, Rubel/Abul ( Rubel over Abul).

  • on February 26, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Mosharraf and Sajib proved their worth in BPL so why choose sunny? Sunny is good but they should have picked up the one who is in FORM right now -__-. Anyway good to see Marshal on the squad. Badluck to Nayeem and bad luck to Us for losing shakib and enamul ( our main spin attack.) I hope they don't pick up Abul for the main IX. I know he has a test century but he is a failure. Predicting a 2-0 favouring srilanka. If lucky 1-0.

  • SportyKid97 on February 26, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    My Lineup for Test 1:

    Tamim, Anamul, Nafees, Marshall, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Nasir, Gazi, Sunny(UGH -_-), Shahadat, Rubel . Shahadat is the best we can offer in Tests as a bowler. Abul and Robiul has no class. Someone please explain to BCB about not involving politics with cricket. Wait for the week to end and Enamul would be all fit. Please BCB? :)

  • on February 26, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Would love it if BCB would wait for Enamul to recover within the next week or 10 days. He will be a class act in Sri Lanka pitch. Would love to see him gather up some wickets. Can't wait to see Naeem and Shakib return for either the ODI's or Zim series :D If Enamul is to be left out, I think Razzak would be much better of a choice then Sunny :)

  • DontKillCricket on February 26, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Elias Sunny's inclusion is really confusing! Sakib is a great miss for us as in his absense it's very hard to pick 7 genuine batsmen. Now, there is no choice but to pick Sunny as he is only lefty left to join shohag gazi. Mossarraf/razzak could have easily picked in place of S,Nafees and Taskin/Shafiul in place of Robiul..Anyway my team is: Tamim,Anamul,Marshal,Musfiq,Mahmudullah,Nasir,momiul,shohag,sunny,Rubel,Shahadat. If this team is picked, batting looks very strong(hopefully, Nafees will not be picked), but bowling looks pretty weak. though, I don't like Shahadat, but now he has to be picked as he is a better test bowler than Robiul and Abul. shooot..bowling looks very weak. Hopefully, shohag will shine..batting is good enough if my team is picked(with riad, nasir and mominul as a backup bowler). Selectors please pick my team. Good luck to both teams and Srilanka has always been my most favorite team after Bangladesh.

  • on February 26, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    From the Chief of Selectors,Mr. Akram Khan up to the whole of the BCB network are intoxicated with confusion.They make simple task look very hard.

    If their true loyalty is to the betterment of Bangladeshi Cricket,then there would be no room for complacency,favouritism,political interference,confusion and they would be happy to step aside for someone better.

    There are thousands of true loyal cricketers,coaches,support staffs who are working for peanuts and millions of dedicated fans who deserve better.

  • SportyKid97 on February 25, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Really an embarrassing moment of BD Cricket. Naeem was in the form of his life in WI tests. Enamul Haque Jr. is a great test specialist and would be a great potential to beat SL in the Tests. I really hope he and Naeem and Shakib recovers in time for SL ODI and ZIM Series. They are potentials of BD Cricket. Marshall is good too. Good Luck to him. Get healthy and come back to rock in ODI and ZIM Series Shakib, Naeem and Enamul :D

  • on February 25, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    It's a good decision from BCB Selection Team. Enamul can play One day Match.

  • niaz_bd on February 25, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, between 2001-2009...total 11 tests were played...top 2 leading run scorers are Kumar Sangakkara (876) & Mahela Jayawardene (860), as expected! 3rd man in that list is Ashraful with 858 runs! out of ash's 5 test centuries, 4 are against SL!

    I know his average is 22 in test cricket, but its 40 against SL...historically he plays well in SL...i know he doesn't deserve a place in our test side, but still feel, he should be there with team to play tests in SL...:(

    Marshall Ayub is currently enjoying the form of his life, he should have been in for the initial 15...ash could be there in place of mominul.

  • on February 25, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Itz really a good inclusion in the case of Marshall, but I wanna see at least two left hand spinners in the squad, coz its the main strength of BD cricket team...I have found no clue of inclusion Mr. Robiul in the team...

  • cric-07 on February 25, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Finally, justice done to marshall's talent. Although i would prefer mosharraf over sunny. Hopefully marshall will play the first test :D

  • on February 25, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    naeem is useless...doesnt matter much whether he is in the squad or not

  • The_Ashes on February 25, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Naeem is clueless when the ball spins so he's not playing won't make a difference. Marshall is interesting and deserves to be in the squad. Sunny he's very very dangerous when the wicket is offering turn but hopeless when its seaming. Its important Rahim and coach read the conditions very very carefully before choosing the final 11.

  • on February 25, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    It sad specially for Enamul. But I hope he will not be out focused in a few days....and of course right decision to include Marshall.... We also want to say dont just make him play this series only...let him play for a while....

  • on February 25, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    its a good replacement marshal place of naeem but place of enamul mosharaf should get chance .any way best luck for bouth of them , one thing we need to wait for enamul becoze he will recover in 10 dayes , at least he can play second test .

  • SarfBD on February 25, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    I think Sunny's inclusion is going to backfire. As the only left arm spinner in the squad, he is surely going to play in absence of Shakib. But he averaged 33 in the last FC season, where the likes of Abdur Razzak, Mosharraf Hossain and Saqline Sajib averaged less than 23. I'd love to see Mosharraf bowling in Sri Lanka...

  • AzAb12754 on February 25, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Enamul is an ordinary spinner, averaging 40 in tests and is even worse if you remove the stats of his against Zimbabwe. Fact is 12 years of Test Cricket and we still don't have a batsman that averages over 40 (minimum 25 innings) and a bowler averaging below 30 (minimum 25 innings). Our team is an embarrassment when it comes to Tests.

  • AzAb12754 on February 25, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Its funny do our young Bangladesh men even know or watch Rugby? injuries far worse in these sports but they still play. This just shows that they do not do enough stretching exercise and probably not take it seriously. Its time for Bangladesh management to be strict and professional for once this has become a joke. Giving Bangladesh a bad name our players and staff.

  • SarfBD on February 25, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Really sad for them. Specially for Enamul. He did everything to get a call in past two years. Hope he can recover soon. Congrats to Marshall. He deserves this chance after a fine season. I am really confused about Sunny. He is totally out of form recently. Rather Abdur Razzak, Mosharraf Hossain or Saqline Sajib would be a better replacement. Even we could wait for Enamul as he is expected to fully recover within seven to ten days. Enamul is really a class act...

  • wiseshah on February 25, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    marshall ayub is great addition but doubt about sunny, i think mosharraf rubel should be good inclusion

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  • wiseshah on February 25, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    marshall ayub is great addition but doubt about sunny, i think mosharraf rubel should be good inclusion

  • SarfBD on February 25, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Really sad for them. Specially for Enamul. He did everything to get a call in past two years. Hope he can recover soon. Congrats to Marshall. He deserves this chance after a fine season. I am really confused about Sunny. He is totally out of form recently. Rather Abdur Razzak, Mosharraf Hossain or Saqline Sajib would be a better replacement. Even we could wait for Enamul as he is expected to fully recover within seven to ten days. Enamul is really a class act...

  • AzAb12754 on February 25, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Its funny do our young Bangladesh men even know or watch Rugby? injuries far worse in these sports but they still play. This just shows that they do not do enough stretching exercise and probably not take it seriously. Its time for Bangladesh management to be strict and professional for once this has become a joke. Giving Bangladesh a bad name our players and staff.

  • AzAb12754 on February 25, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Enamul is an ordinary spinner, averaging 40 in tests and is even worse if you remove the stats of his against Zimbabwe. Fact is 12 years of Test Cricket and we still don't have a batsman that averages over 40 (minimum 25 innings) and a bowler averaging below 30 (minimum 25 innings). Our team is an embarrassment when it comes to Tests.

  • SarfBD on February 25, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    I think Sunny's inclusion is going to backfire. As the only left arm spinner in the squad, he is surely going to play in absence of Shakib. But he averaged 33 in the last FC season, where the likes of Abdur Razzak, Mosharraf Hossain and Saqline Sajib averaged less than 23. I'd love to see Mosharraf bowling in Sri Lanka...

  • on February 25, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    its a good replacement marshal place of naeem but place of enamul mosharaf should get chance .any way best luck for bouth of them , one thing we need to wait for enamul becoze he will recover in 10 dayes , at least he can play second test .

  • on February 25, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    It sad specially for Enamul. But I hope he will not be out focused in a few days....and of course right decision to include Marshall.... We also want to say dont just make him play this series only...let him play for a while....

  • The_Ashes on February 25, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Naeem is clueless when the ball spins so he's not playing won't make a difference. Marshall is interesting and deserves to be in the squad. Sunny he's very very dangerous when the wicket is offering turn but hopeless when its seaming. Its important Rahim and coach read the conditions very very carefully before choosing the final 11.

  • on February 25, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    naeem is useless...doesnt matter much whether he is in the squad or not

  • cric-07 on February 25, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Finally, justice done to marshall's talent. Although i would prefer mosharraf over sunny. Hopefully marshall will play the first test :D