Bangladesh news February 16, 2014

Fit-again Abdur Razzak replaces Arafat Sunny

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Bangladesh have gone for the tried and tested in their 15-man World Twenty20 squad, as there are no major inclusions or exclusions. Mushfiqur Rahim will lead the best available team with a proper spread of allrounders, as well as specialist batsmen and bowlers.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has called the inclusion of Sabbir Rahman, who made his debut against Sri Lanka by scoring 26 in the second Twenty20, as an opportunity for someone with potential in this format. Sabbir gets his chance after hitting six T20 fifties in the domestic competition last season.

"The Bangladesh team is a blend of experience and youth," Faruque said. "We have considered the fact that this was a world event and experience was necessary as well as giving opportunity to youngsters like Mominul Haque and Sabbir Rahman who have the potential to excel in the shortest format.

"Someone like Arafat Sunny, who has impressed everyone and had been performing consistently at domestic level, had to miss out because we needed to have that balance."

Sunny misses out because Abdur Razzak, the senior left-arm spinner, has been deemed fit enough to play the tournament after he had suffered a hamstring injury earlier this month.

"We have a lot of depth in our bowling. There are three pace bowlers and a seaming all-rounder. However, in our conditions spin will be the main strength and we are well covered in that area with Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak and Sohag Gazi.

"I also believe this is an excellent fielding side and that was evident in the recent Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka."

Bangladesh open their World T20 campaign against Afghanistan on March 16, in the first round of the competition.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Farhad Reza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain.

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  • on February 22, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    a balanced team!! i loved it

  • on February 19, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    its not test cricket , its t20 why Mahmudullah are bd t20 team

  • on February 18, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    BD chief selector must need to do a better job. Rubel Hossain & Mahmudullah must need to be dropped from all format of cricket. These two do not belong to international arena. Farhad Reza & Gazi should not be considered for T20. Mominul is a fine player who will excel in Test & ODI but should not be experimented with T20. I think BD fans at back home should raise their voice about selection process.

  • on February 18, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    I want to need for taskin Ahmed . He is very very good for you can use with you hear you doing this to you?

  • hasib9 on February 17, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Again, another horrific decision by the selectors. When you have 3 world class left arm spinners, why not pick all 3? Gazi shouldn't be in T20, I have been saying that from the beginning of his career. Is Rubel Hussain related to anyone in the management, or a close friend/buddy? Shafiul just happens to be such a great death bowler. I will never understand Faruk.. I'm actually missing Akram Khan. Zia's bowling in the T20 is also pretty good.. Reza is more of a test or ODI player.. Sunny just looked impressive with the new ball and wanted to see him tested at the death overs.. just like Razzak was groomed during Rafiq, Sunny needs to be groomed during Razzak..

  • Praxis on February 17, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @neanderthal, actually BD is good in ODIs compared to T20 or Tests, if you go through stats. I don't think T20 isn't a format that gives less skillful team better chances. It just requires different skill-set, strategy & planning. Also it's still relatively young.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Why they select Forhad Reza whearas we got better option like Ziaur Rahman & Muktar Ali. They hit the ball with their free arms and slow medium will be very useful in our pitches ... Mominul shouldn't consider in T20 format.. We should preserve him for TEST & ODI. Al-Amin is too young for any World Cup. Shafiul should replace him In my Eyes Squad should be: 1.Tamim 2. Anamul 3. Shamsur 4. Sabbir 5. Shakib 6. Mushfiq 7. Nasir 8. Mahmudullah 9. Mashrafee 10. Razzak 11. Rubel 12. Ziaur Rahman 13. Muktar Ali 14. Arafat Sunny 15. Junaid Siddike

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    @ justanotherfan13 it looks you only know cricket better thats why you are complaining about others comment instead just writing your view. If we can bowl 12 over with our spinner and with our home condition and keep opponent team inside a marginal score then why not! as our record says that we lost last 10 match and win only two among 12. So what works and suits best that BD should take as a strategy. Shakib is the best t20 bowler for his experience. He is a automatic choice. and now come Razzak or Arafat. My point is If selectors want to play three spinners then Arafat is much useful than Gazi specially in this format. We already have two pacers and a so called pace alrounder Reza. i have a doubt about your cricket knowledge.

  • neanderthal on February 16, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Shorter the game, more chances less skillful teams have against strong oppositions. T20 should be best place for BD.

  • NokshiKatha on February 16, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    Selectors should include zia replacing reza. And what about shafiul. If he is fit enough, and perfom in coming days, then also think about him for the aquad. If mash don't perform in next series, please drop him, because, his pace lacked speed. Bedt of luck for the TIGERsss.

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    a balanced team!! i loved it

  • on February 19, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    its not test cricket , its t20 why Mahmudullah are bd t20 team

  • on February 18, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    BD chief selector must need to do a better job. Rubel Hossain & Mahmudullah must need to be dropped from all format of cricket. These two do not belong to international arena. Farhad Reza & Gazi should not be considered for T20. Mominul is a fine player who will excel in Test & ODI but should not be experimented with T20. I think BD fans at back home should raise their voice about selection process.

  • on February 18, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    I want to need for taskin Ahmed . He is very very good for you can use with you hear you doing this to you?

  • hasib9 on February 17, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Again, another horrific decision by the selectors. When you have 3 world class left arm spinners, why not pick all 3? Gazi shouldn't be in T20, I have been saying that from the beginning of his career. Is Rubel Hussain related to anyone in the management, or a close friend/buddy? Shafiul just happens to be such a great death bowler. I will never understand Faruk.. I'm actually missing Akram Khan. Zia's bowling in the T20 is also pretty good.. Reza is more of a test or ODI player.. Sunny just looked impressive with the new ball and wanted to see him tested at the death overs.. just like Razzak was groomed during Rafiq, Sunny needs to be groomed during Razzak..

  • Praxis on February 17, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @neanderthal, actually BD is good in ODIs compared to T20 or Tests, if you go through stats. I don't think T20 isn't a format that gives less skillful team better chances. It just requires different skill-set, strategy & planning. Also it's still relatively young.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Why they select Forhad Reza whearas we got better option like Ziaur Rahman & Muktar Ali. They hit the ball with their free arms and slow medium will be very useful in our pitches ... Mominul shouldn't consider in T20 format.. We should preserve him for TEST & ODI. Al-Amin is too young for any World Cup. Shafiul should replace him In my Eyes Squad should be: 1.Tamim 2. Anamul 3. Shamsur 4. Sabbir 5. Shakib 6. Mushfiq 7. Nasir 8. Mahmudullah 9. Mashrafee 10. Razzak 11. Rubel 12. Ziaur Rahman 13. Muktar Ali 14. Arafat Sunny 15. Junaid Siddike

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    @ justanotherfan13 it looks you only know cricket better thats why you are complaining about others comment instead just writing your view. If we can bowl 12 over with our spinner and with our home condition and keep opponent team inside a marginal score then why not! as our record says that we lost last 10 match and win only two among 12. So what works and suits best that BD should take as a strategy. Shakib is the best t20 bowler for his experience. He is a automatic choice. and now come Razzak or Arafat. My point is If selectors want to play three spinners then Arafat is much useful than Gazi specially in this format. We already have two pacers and a so called pace alrounder Reza. i have a doubt about your cricket knowledge.

  • neanderthal on February 16, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Shorter the game, more chances less skillful teams have against strong oppositions. T20 should be best place for BD.

  • NokshiKatha on February 16, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    Selectors should include zia replacing reza. And what about shafiul. If he is fit enough, and perfom in coming days, then also think about him for the aquad. If mash don't perform in next series, please drop him, because, his pace lacked speed. Bedt of luck for the TIGERsss.

  • justanotherfan13 on February 16, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    @ Tariqul Islam Mir: Your team does not include Mushfiqur, the captain or Anamul Haque- the highest scorer in the recent t20 series. Think twice before commenting. @ Shahed Ahmed: Your cricket knowledge sums up with the statement ' Zia is better than Tamim". Shakib was not given the last over against Sri Lanka because the ground was wet and its difficult for a finger spinner to grip a white ball. @ Mehdi Rahi: Do you expect a team winning a 20 over game with similar 12 overs from left arm orthodox? T20 requires a lot of variations. Do you watch cricket?

  • Alexei on February 16, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    My 11: Tamim, Shamsur Rahman, Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur, Shakib, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Farhad Reza/Shabbir, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza and Abdur Razzak

  • on February 16, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    My 11 Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain,

  • on February 16, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    I agree with all of you. Zia is a t20 specialist, which was told by the BCB itself when he was included in the team. Zia does good in ODIs and t20s whereas Farhad does good at tests. However, BCB is walking in the opposit direction. What a crazy drama here. Zia can bowl and hit the ball with free arms. To me he is better than tamim too. please selector think about the squad and select Zia over Farhad. Zia has more experience too. If the experience matter then why Farhad reza was given the last over instead of shakib in the last t20???????????? BCB selectors always come up with weird reasons for their selections. Sunny would be better than Gazi and Razzak.

  • on February 16, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    To Selectors: Please replace Forhad Reza with Zia or Arafat Sunny. We lost the game coz of him. Domestic cricket and international cricket are not the same. Thanks for your understanding.

  • on February 16, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Not very sure about reza's inclusion but zia is better than him. Mash himself is very expensive in this format but he is perfect for ODIS. I think the selectors should Bring in Zia Ur Rahman.

  • on February 16, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    I second Mr. Mehdi Rahi. Gazi is not a t20 bowler and Arafat DESERVES to be in the squad. Please take in Arafat Sunny.

  • saymon1 on February 16, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Replace gazi with sunny and farhad with zia -_- smh ,

  • on February 16, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Gazi was never a T20 bowler. Selectors were not right about his inclusion. Arafat Rahman should get his opportunity. He could be our mystery bowler. Left arm spinners are our main strength in this coming world cup.

  • on February 16, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Dear selectors, if you do not give opportunity to young star like Arafat Sunny then why you choose him for double T20 against Srilanka. Gazi was never a T20 specialist or bowler. his performance in this format is very poor. Razzak is good in shorter format of the game. and his experience is important. Arafat Sunny should include in the coming world T20 tournament. two advantage, one he is comparatively new and other teams have little knowledge about him and he is a good performer specially in this format of the game. our left arm spinners like Shakib, Razzak and Arafat can be very useful with their perfect line. variation and help from the pitch. Gazi needs to improve and he is vital for one day and test matches. We specially need a spin coach permanently. Mominul is not very necessary for T20 world cup. Selectors should give him less pressure and fully concentrate on oneday and test. Sabbir and Bijoy is a good replacement for him. those who are in good touch, select them.

  • SamWintson92 on February 16, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    1. Cant understand in which scale Farhad Reza was picked ? He doesn't have any decent T20 stats & already lost a match for Bangladesh. Ziaur Rahman would have been the best bet in place of him or even Arafar Sunny. 4 spinners in the squad not a problem in sub-continent. 2. Other than that fair squad. But please no Farhad Reza in the XI.

    My starting XI: 1 Tamim 2 Shamsur 3 Anamul 4 Shakib 5 Mushfiqur (C+WK) 6 Nasir 7 Shabbir 8 Gazi 9 Razzak 10 Mashrafe 11 Al-Amin

  • Bdcricketdebator on February 16, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @Therissingteam,farhad reza bowled very well in the last match.the silly bouncer which you r talking about was a silly plan of mashrafe.didnt you read that article?

  • ashqarmahi on February 16, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    farhad reza is not bowling all rounder or batting all rounder...i dont know why selector picking him....arafat sunny should get a chance....as he already proved that he can bowl in this slow track...!!

  • siponus2007 on February 16, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    i see best team out of it would be should be lyk this 1#tamim 2#shamsur 3#anamul 4#sakib 5#musfiq 6#nasir 7#mahmudullah 8#gazi 9#mashraffie 10#razzak 11#rubel/al amin this should make the best team out of this

  • on February 16, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Please dont include Reza and Rubel in the XI please... doesnt the management ever learn from mistakes? Ziaur should have replaced reza as he can bat at international level to a decent standard and can bowl well. My 11: Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Shakib, Mushi, Sabbir/Mominul, Nasir, Mahmadullah/Gazi (Gazi against weak players vs Spin whilst Mahmadullah can go up order if needed), Mash, Al Amin, Razzak. Team at home good enough to go quite far.

  • sapnil2000 on February 16, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    razzaq is a good inclusion but arafat sunny should replace sohag gazi and mashrafe should be replaced by ziaur rahman. squad should be: 1. shamsur 2. tamim 3. anamul 4.shakib 5. mushfiq 6. nasir 7 mahmudullah 8.sabbir 9. razzaq 10. alamin 11. rubel. extra: mashrafe, sohag gazi, mominul, farhad reza

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 16, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Give me a break , sunny is much better than rubel hossain and forhad reza . Even sohag gazi is out of touch and sunny seems better than him too.

  • TheRisingTeam on February 16, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Cannot believe Farhad Reza was picked. This guy bowled a silly bouncer with his pace costing us the last T20 game. Rahman would've made far more sense than him. Mortaza has to bowl all his quotas before the 12 over and Shakib and Al-Amin the last if possible otherwise we could be having a disappointing tournament possibly early exit.

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  • TheRisingTeam on February 16, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Cannot believe Farhad Reza was picked. This guy bowled a silly bouncer with his pace costing us the last T20 game. Rahman would've made far more sense than him. Mortaza has to bowl all his quotas before the 12 over and Shakib and Al-Amin the last if possible otherwise we could be having a disappointing tournament possibly early exit.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 16, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Give me a break , sunny is much better than rubel hossain and forhad reza . Even sohag gazi is out of touch and sunny seems better than him too.

  • sapnil2000 on February 16, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    razzaq is a good inclusion but arafat sunny should replace sohag gazi and mashrafe should be replaced by ziaur rahman. squad should be: 1. shamsur 2. tamim 3. anamul 4.shakib 5. mushfiq 6. nasir 7 mahmudullah 8.sabbir 9. razzaq 10. alamin 11. rubel. extra: mashrafe, sohag gazi, mominul, farhad reza

  • on February 16, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Please dont include Reza and Rubel in the XI please... doesnt the management ever learn from mistakes? Ziaur should have replaced reza as he can bat at international level to a decent standard and can bowl well. My 11: Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Shakib, Mushi, Sabbir/Mominul, Nasir, Mahmadullah/Gazi (Gazi against weak players vs Spin whilst Mahmadullah can go up order if needed), Mash, Al Amin, Razzak. Team at home good enough to go quite far.

  • siponus2007 on February 16, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    i see best team out of it would be should be lyk this 1#tamim 2#shamsur 3#anamul 4#sakib 5#musfiq 6#nasir 7#mahmudullah 8#gazi 9#mashraffie 10#razzak 11#rubel/al amin this should make the best team out of this

  • ashqarmahi on February 16, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    farhad reza is not bowling all rounder or batting all rounder...i dont know why selector picking him....arafat sunny should get a chance....as he already proved that he can bowl in this slow track...!!

  • Bdcricketdebator on February 16, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @Therissingteam,farhad reza bowled very well in the last match.the silly bouncer which you r talking about was a silly plan of mashrafe.didnt you read that article?

  • SamWintson92 on February 16, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    1. Cant understand in which scale Farhad Reza was picked ? He doesn't have any decent T20 stats & already lost a match for Bangladesh. Ziaur Rahman would have been the best bet in place of him or even Arafar Sunny. 4 spinners in the squad not a problem in sub-continent. 2. Other than that fair squad. But please no Farhad Reza in the XI.

    My starting XI: 1 Tamim 2 Shamsur 3 Anamul 4 Shakib 5 Mushfiqur (C+WK) 6 Nasir 7 Shabbir 8 Gazi 9 Razzak 10 Mashrafe 11 Al-Amin

  • on February 16, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Dear selectors, if you do not give opportunity to young star like Arafat Sunny then why you choose him for double T20 against Srilanka. Gazi was never a T20 specialist or bowler. his performance in this format is very poor. Razzak is good in shorter format of the game. and his experience is important. Arafat Sunny should include in the coming world T20 tournament. two advantage, one he is comparatively new and other teams have little knowledge about him and he is a good performer specially in this format of the game. our left arm spinners like Shakib, Razzak and Arafat can be very useful with their perfect line. variation and help from the pitch. Gazi needs to improve and he is vital for one day and test matches. We specially need a spin coach permanently. Mominul is not very necessary for T20 world cup. Selectors should give him less pressure and fully concentrate on oneday and test. Sabbir and Bijoy is a good replacement for him. those who are in good touch, select them.

  • on February 16, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Gazi was never a T20 bowler. Selectors were not right about his inclusion. Arafat Rahman should get his opportunity. He could be our mystery bowler. Left arm spinners are our main strength in this coming world cup.