Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 March 13, 2013

Ashraful returns to ODI squad


Injuries to several players have forced the Bangladesh selectors to make four changes to the ODI squad for the tour of Sri Lanka. Mohammad Ashraful, Nazmul Hossain, Abul Hasan and Mosharraf Hossain have been drafted in to replace the injured trio of Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam and Naeem Islam, while Elias Sunny has been dropped.

Mortaza and Naeem had not recovered sufficiently from injuries suffered during the Bangladesh Premier League, while Shafiul suffered a side-strain during the pre-tour camp earlier this month. Mortaza took a blow to his heel in the BPL final, sustaining a contusion injury that hampers his landing during delivery stride. Naeem was injured in the second week of February after he stepped on a ball during fielding, but he aggravated the injury by playing a few matches immediately afterwards, according to the Chittagong Kings physio. Shafiul picked up his injury while playing a league match in his hometown in Bogra.

Abul and Nazmul were straight swaps for Mortaza and Shafiul. Nazmul has been in and out of the side for the last two years, having last played ODI cricket in the 2012 Asia Cup. He is the more senior of the two returning players; Abul has played just two ODIs. Rubel Hossain is the other pace bowling option in the squad.

Mosharraf, a left-arm spinner, has been recalled after five years. His domestic form was impressive in the last two seasons, and he was the Player of the Match in the BPL final. Bangladesh no longer has List-A cricket, so his last performance in one-day format was good too. Mosharraf took 28 wickets for Victoria Sporting Club in the Dhaka Premier League and was the second highest wicket-taker behind Shakib Al Hasan, who is still recuperating from an operation on his leg to reduce the strain on his shin.

Bangladesh play the first two ODIs in Hambantota on March 23 and 25 before playing the final game of the series in Pallekele on March 28.

ODI squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Jaharul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mosharraf Hossain, Abul Hasan, Ziaur Rahman.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Enamul on March 16, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    first_slip@@ Chris Gayle,Kieron Pollard,Simon Katich,Luke Wright,TM Dilshan,David Miller,Shaun Tait,Owaish Shah,Shiv N Chanderpaul,Ravi Bopara,Brad Hodge,Lou Vincent,Suleiman Benn,Dwyne Smith,Ben Edmondson,Jehan Mubarak,Dimitri Mascarenhas,James Pattinson,Cameron Borgas,Alfonso Thomas,Chamara Kapugedara,Dilshan Muneevera,Azhar Mahmood, Kabir Ali,Fidel edwards,Jacob Oram,Danza Hyatt,Daniel Harris,Samuel Badree,Keving o'Brein,Rayan Tendoeschate,Elton Chigumbura,Hamilton Masakadza,Shapoor Zardan,Kevon Cooper, Brendon Taylor,Joe Denly,Daniel Smith,Krishmar Santokie,Riki Wessels,Shane harwood,Charles Coventry,Alex Hales,Rizwan Cheema,SM ErvineJason etc. are the BPL 2013 players,. CAN YOU PLZ TELL ME how many test cap you find ???

    You should ask ICC if a first class tournament is world class or no, by the way BD has two FC leagues.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Please stop talking about Taskin, taskin, taskin. He has been impressive but that does not mean he is ready. Give the guy time and coaching. Our pace bowling is Alright for ODI's, GOOD ENOUGH for T20 but hopeless in tests. Shahadat Hossain was impressive at the beginning (he took 6/27 v SA in BANGLADESH) but see what is happening now to him. We dont want that to happen to Taskin!

  • Ken on March 14, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    my odi XI: tamim, anamul, ashraful, nasir, mushfiqur, riyad, ziaur, razzak, gazi, rubel hossain, nazmul

    i really think ferad reza should be given a chance becuase he's a decent opening bowler who can swing the bowl, plus can bat a bit as well. really need shafiul to come back soon though.

  • Md. on March 14, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Nafees and Samsur Should be in the squad instead of Jahrul and Ziaur.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    MY Best 11 for BD ODI squad: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Ashraful, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Mosharraf Hossain

  • Chris on March 14, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    The only thing Sri Lanka fans have been dreaming that they will thrash Bangladesh all by an innings in 3 days but didn't happen. Excuse - flat pitch! :)

  • Lakpriya on March 14, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    @ TheRisingTeam Ok good luck and keep dreaming mate, but make sure you wake up on 29th of march just to realize that you have been part of a sweet dream

  • Farhana on March 14, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    i don't want to see ash98 at no.3 in odi x1, i want to see ash98 in test at no.3, in odi&t20 at no.2/4&2

  • Shipu on March 14, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Actually Taskin took the wicket of Dilshan TWICE in the short matches he has played but it doesn't matter who is missing from our line-up, we still going to win the ODI series 3-0 and show who are the new minnows.

  • Prbath on March 14, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    @Third_Gear, is bangladesh FC Tournament is International Standard? i didnt know that, if that is the case how bangladesh won only 3 test matches out of 75 and those 3 matches are also against Zimbabwe and depleted WI? about BPL, i did not see nay Test player playing in BPL apart from Dilashan and Katich (correct me if i am wrong) and i have not seen any class from The guy you are talking about, and i dont think anyone else (apart from you) saw the class in him. if people (Bangladesh selectors) saw class from him why he is not in Bangla test team? is it because Bangladesh team have too many class fast bowlers? like to know your thoughts. mate

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