Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2016-17 March 26, 2017

BCB president behind Mehedi Hasan's inclusion for ODIs

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Nazmul Hassan: 'Miraz had been bowling well in the Tests and this is a very important series for us' © AFP

Ten days after announcing that it was his decision to drop Mahmudullah for the Colombo Test, BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said he was behind the decision to pick Mehedi Hasan for the ODIs against Sri Lanka.

Mehedi had returned to Dhaka from Colombo on March 20 with the other Test players who were not part of the ODI squad that was announced the previous week. But three days later he was added to the ODI side, for the first time in his career.

Hassan said that he first called chief selector Minhajul Abedin, telling him to include Mehedi in the ODI squad, before calling the player himself to ask him to make plans to return to Sri Lanka. He said Mehedi's inclusion in the playing XI for the first ODI was only decided on only after the team arrived at the Dambulla ground; there was discussion around whether left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam could be added to the XI instead.

"I called up [Minhajul Abedin] Nannu to send over [Mehedi Hasan] Miraz," Hassan said. "I found out he is in Khulna, and told him that he must get back to Sri Lanka. Basically we wanted to keep him as an option because they have a number of quality left-hand batsmen. Miraz had been bowling well in the Tests and this is a very important series for us. But when I sat with the team that morning [of the ODI], it still wasn't decided if Miraz or Sunzamul [Islam] would be playing. It was finalised after coming to the ground."

Mehedi opened the bowling in the chase of 325 in Dambulla, sending down all ten over for figures of 2 for 43.

Last week when Hassan had spoken about his role in the Mahmudullah exclusion, he said that he takes "all the decisions". He has been vocal about selection decisions since the Afghanistan ODI series last September, and during the Bangladesh Premier League too. Incidentally, in June 2016 Hassan had said that the revamped selection committee would cut down his role in selection decisions.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • M.G. on March 27, 2017, 11:54 GMT

    @AMBITIOUSSTROKE: This showing off from this man Hasan may backfire some day. Your arguments are silly; Beximco director or president's son has nothing to do with cricket knowledge, which seasoned cricketers in the selection board has. What Hasan did is unprofessional, inappropriate and uncalled for. Nothing against Miraz, but with or without him the result most likely would have been the same.

  • Mahmudul on March 27, 2017, 8:53 GMT

    @DHUTUGEMUNU despite his talk nazmul hasan is a successful individual he is one of the directors of largest stock holding com. Beximco group in Bangladesh. He is son of former Late president Jillur Rahman. He comes from a very respected family , his credibility has no doubt as board president unlike Mr. Mostafa Kamal who was big disappointment . Nazmul Hasan, Mashrafi and Hatura are equally responsible for Bangladesh success in cricket. They are the real think tank behind everything.

  • Arnab Anwar on March 27, 2017, 7:49 GMT

    Really bad for our cricket, I can tell these things would be the downfall of BD cricket. We pamper our leaders a lot because we like to keep our positions intact. Otherwise look at what happened to Faruk Ahmed. Our leaders fail to realize that some things should be kept for the experts. We forget very easy, we no more remember what the previous President did with Sakib. Now, excluding Mahmudullah was one of the stupidest decision. He has been lucky cause someone like Musaddek made it count. Mark my words no one would stand up to him when he would start causing disasters, only our cricket would suffer.

  • Fahria on March 27, 2017, 5:26 GMT

    Miraz still needs a lot of work in his flights. He bowls too quick for Test Matches. Playing him in ODIs may induce the problem more. So I would suggest BD to stick with Mosaddek's offies than using Miraz too often.

  • Ahmed Yousuf on March 27, 2017, 5:16 GMT

    It's still to early to play Miraj in ODI. He may loose his sharpness in Test bowling with such early inclusion. He has still a long way to go. Exposing promising players before his maturity and then realizing that after his failure have been a tradition in our cricket. The big problem is they don't think of the player for long term. We had almost lost Fizz (yet his return is not that sharp as he was before) due to this. The PL world will grind the newcomers and leave them vulnerable to further injury. Let's hope he doesn't become yet another example of it. The problem is intensified here with his successful debut.

  • Amila on March 27, 2017, 2:54 GMT

    Is this guy taking credit for everything in BD Cricket? Removal of Mahmadullah from 100th Test. Inclusion of Mehedi Hasan for ODIs. However those decisions worked in favor of BD.

  • Abu on March 26, 2017, 22:03 GMT

    He should stop making decisions and let everyone do their jobs properly. No one cricketing nation works the work he is doing now. This is U-N-P-R-O-F-E-S-S-I-O-N-A-L.

  • M.G. on March 26, 2017, 19:24 GMT

    It's a double whammy. If one does an inappropriate thing, one at least keeps silent. And here, doing the inappropriate influence, he is bragging of his decision. This is shameful and unprofessionalism at its zenith. Only in Bangladesh I suppose.

  •   Shakib S Rahman on March 26, 2017, 18:43 GMT

    It worked, Right?? So what's the big deal? Team management prefer Hom over Miraz then you got to react someway or another.

  •   BahrumRocky on March 26, 2017, 18:35 GMT

    To be honest, I am not a fan of Papon. But his role with BCB last few years has been fantastic. Everybody talks about BD's improvement by somebody but I think it is Papon who forces immature and biased selectors to select the ideal players. As a result, we have the expected results. It's not coach or anybody, Papon's honest approach selecting talented players is paid off. However, Some good players, like-Nasir etc. are still outside the squad need to be monitored.

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