Bangladesh in West Indies 2014 July 24, 2014

Rubel, Kayes back for West Indies ODI series


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Isam: Shakib absence a big blow

Imrul Kayes and Rubel Hossain have returned to the Bangladesh ODI squad for the three-match series against West Indies next month. Shakib Al Hasan's six-month suspension means he isn't part of the 15-man squad. Seam-bowling allrounder Ziaur Rahman has also missed out.

Shakib and Zia were part of Bangladesh's last ODI assignment, the three-match series against India which they lost 2-0 in June. Ziaur made just two runs in two innings and didn't pick up a wicket in the series.

The Faruque Ahmed-led selection committee decided to revert to Rubel, who was surprisingly dropped for the India series. The pace bowler is the team's second-highest wicket-taker this year, though he did run out of steam during the World T20.

Imrul on the other hand has made the best of the two opportunities he got this year, scoring a hundred in his comeback Test against Sri Lanka and a fifty against Pakistan in his only ODI this year. He was also Bangladesh A's highest scorer during their tour of the West Indies last month.

As Faruque suggested on Wednesday, Bangladesh have selected a back-up opener in case Tamim Iqbal's form doesn't improve. Apart from Tamim, Bangladesh have three other openrrs in their squad in Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman and Imrul.

Meanwhile, the squad ended training on Thursday for their Eid break and will rejoin on August 2. According to coach Chandika Hathurusingha, they will focus on planning and technique after spending the last few weeks on skill development.

"The camp has been all about developing skill level which we did in the last few weeks," Hathurusingha said. "We were focusing on basic skills, especially for the batters to improve and understand. They worked in their own game, finding out what they do best, watching videos and identifying areas to improve.

"Bowlers are also working on individual skills - stock ball, variations and stuff like that. We haven't gone into the analysing part, so when we come back after Eid, we will probably work on specific game planning."

Much of the focus on Thursday however remained on Shakib. In a final reply to the unending query about how the team is going to cope without the allrounder, Hathurusingha said: "Any team will miss player of that caliber. What can we do? That is the reality we have to face. So we are looking forward."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    BCB should consider Shakib anyhow. he is the best player for Bangladesh team.

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Why isn't Tamim dropped? He needs a break and let him get his groove back. Other players can be tried out as well. Instead the selectors keep taking Tamim and he never fails to FAIL. What are these selectors thinking?

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    mortaza needs to be captain

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Oh finally Kayes got selected. I'm hoping to see Kayes bat at number 3 position. This is my XI: Anamul,Shamsur/Tamim,Kayes,Mominul,Mushfiq,Nasir/Mithun,Mahmadullah,Mashrafe,Razzak/Gazi/Alamin,Taskin.

    Tamim,Razzak (le seniors) should play the first match. If they fail they should get replaced by shamsur/gazi respectively. If the pitch favours pace bowling. Alamin should bowl instead of Razzak/Gazi. Mithun can get a chance if Nasir fails again.

    This team badly requires a genuine spinner since we need to cover shakib's space. Arafat Sunny would have been a great choice

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    The Caribbean tour will be very difficult and a challenging one for the tigers without their mot valuable mate (Shakib). I would suggest the team selectors to give number four slot in the batting line up to Kayes just before the captain.

    I'm also eagerly waiting to watch the young aggressive fast bowler Taskin in the bouncy track in the Caribbean.

  • Tapa on July 25, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Believe is time to find some tall players for BD team. Except Mushi none of the shorties has good batting record overseas. Also with the Rubel's constant short pitch balls in recent past hurt BD team several times. Despite his poor form Tamim perhaps the only player who has better record overseas. Shakib is a big stake of the team and his absence will merely be covered by chosen's. However it is a team game and the match is won by all members' equal efforts utilizing the expertise they are crowned for. Furthermore as a short batsman it is hard to convert dot balls to single, a single to 2's, and avoid outside stamp ball to deliver shot when not needed (It may varies for openers).

  • Android on July 25, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    If the BCB thinks about this tactically here is a great lineup that could win us games. 1. Tamim 2. Bijoy 3. Mominul 4.Kayes 5.Mushy 6. Nasir 7. Gazi 8.Mashrafe 9.Taskin 10.Razzak 11. Al Amin Since it is a spin ground, Razzak, Mominul, Nasir,Gazi will play huge parts in those conditions. alongside that, Mashrafe and Taskin have done great deal of work as opening bowlers and there is no reason to switch them. Al Amin could be inserted although I don't want Riyad but his bowling his generally been impressive. Hope selectors will understand this

  • Alex on July 24, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    could have picked shuvagata hom or naeem islam or even youngsters like shabbir or mosaddek considering who's actually in the squad, taijul should have got a go and arafat sunny would have been a decent pick.

  • sohail on July 24, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    It will sound weird but Tamim Iqbal should come at number 6 or 7 in the batting order considering his constant failure as opener. He might score some runs in this way.May be even at 3 or 4 down but not in opening. Watching him for years loosing his wicket recklessly simply states that he is no longer good and dependable as a opening batsman so why not use his once in a blue moon firepower in the middle or lower the batting order!

  • sohel on July 24, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Bangladesh have no balance without the best all rounder, BCB please bring him back for the sake of the nation

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