ICC World Twenty20 2010 March 30, 2010

Bangladesh recall Ashraful for World Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

Mohammad Ashraful, who was dropped from all squads for the recent home series against England, has been recalled to Bangladesh's 15-member squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in April-May. There are no new faces in the squad, but two players who made their international debuts against England, batsman Jahurul Islam and left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo, have also been included.

Ashraful, who was dropped to sort out his poor batting form, received the backing of the selectors based on his potential as a big hitter in the game's shortest format. "Ashraful is a potential match-winner and his ability to improvise in limited-overs cricket makes him an important part of the team in this tournament," said Rafiqul Alam, the chairman of selectors. "We know that he is trying as hard as anybody to fulfill his enormous promise and we expect him to fire."

Jahurul, who made his Test debut in Mirpur earlier this month, was the leading run-scorer in the first-class National Cricket League with 965 runs at 68.92 for Rajshahi Division. "He (Jahurul) is capable of playing the big shots and by sheer weight of his consistent performance over the years at first-class, academy and club level he has earned his spot," Alam said. "He can also be our back-up wicketkeeper and his fielding is also good."

Another notable inclusion was that of fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, who had opted out midway through the ODIs against England and the subsequent Tests following a disagreement over his fitness. However, he later joined his Kolkata Knight Riders team-mates at the ongoing IPL and the selectors are happy with the way he is shaping up.

"From the information we have received on Mortaza, he is fit and has been in full rhythm at the training of his Indian Premier League club Kolkata Knight Riders," Alam said. "He will definitely bolster our pace attack and his late-order power batting could come in handy too."

Bangladesh have been placed in Group A with Pakistan and Australia. They begin their campaign against Pakistan, in St Lucia on May 1.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Mushfiqur Rahim (vice-capt/wk), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Syed Rasel, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Jahurul Islam (wk)

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  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    my drime time of bangladesh1. sskib tamim aftab alok mahmudulla mashrafi nafis razzak nayeem saiful musfiq....................................................................................... won the t20 world cup

  • Sadique on April 4, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    @Abid_RH: You have mentioned that someone bowling below 130kmph is not good enough. But that is not the fact. In T20 you atleast need someone who can keep one end economical. Just think about Gavin Larsen of NZ who used to bowl at less than 110kmph and used to be very economical with about 3.5 to the overs. Syed Russel can play that sort of a role which is very important in T20 as that will created pressure on the other side. We do not need someone like Rubel who can bowl at more that 140Ks but will get hammered at more than 160Ks. Someone also commented that BD team will not be able to beat Pak and Aus and will be out in the 1st stage. That is a very pesemistic approach and if a team thinks like that, then why they are there to compete!!! I strongly think that BD team has potential to beat atleast Pak even with this poor team selection. But with a better selection we could have been more satisfied and there could have been a better performance from the team.

  • Abid on April 4, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Poor selection. I will pick the best hitters first. Why they picked Syed Rasel? He can't even bowl at 130 Kph. I will make some changes. There no need for Mushfiqur Rahim because he can't hit sixes very well and not good at wicketkepping. There no need as vice captain so it is ok. My batting line up will be: Tamim Iqbal,Junaed Siddique,Mohammed Ashraful, Jahurul Islam (wk), Mahmudullah, Shkib Al Hasan, Naeem Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain. These man are the best in Bangladesh side who can hit sixes. If they want to beat Pakistan,and Australia in first round they have select the team I have chosen. Since Imrul Kayes didn't do well in T20 in New Zealand, he is out of the team but je can get another chance in position of mohammed Ashraful. We don't need that much spinners,4 will be enough and 3 seamers. Shakib might be move up in the order if necessary. This team might win if these player shine as they are.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Well,very poor team selection from bangladesh...The best team for bangladesh- 1.Tamim.2.Junaed.3.Aftab.4.Ashraful.5.Alok Kapali.6.Shakib.7.Mushfiq.8.Naeem.9.Mashrafe.10.Razzak.11.Rasel.(12th man.Sorwardi shuvo)........But now team would be- 1.Tamim.2.Jahurul/Damrul kayes.(Damrul means damis,poor cricketer).3.Aftab.4.Asharaful.5.Mahmudullah.6.Shakib.7.Mushfiq.8.Naeem.9.Masrafe.10.Razzak.11.Rasel..................Poor team,no probability to win a match..........

  • Afnan on April 2, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Best team for T20- 1. Tamim, 2. Shariar/Junaid, 3. Aftab, 4. Ashraful/kapali, 5. Shakib, 6. Nayeem, 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Mushfiq/ Zahirul, 9. Mashrafi, 10. Shafiul, 11. Razzak. [Description- Tamim no question about this selection, Junaid- T20 specialist. 1st T20 world cup he made a 70 run innings against Pakistan, Shariar Nafis-talented batsman, nothing to prove. So any one can play either Junaid or Shariar. Aftab- automatic choice. Ashraful/Kapali any of them or both of them can play. If both of them play then we can choose two players from Nayeem, Mahmudullah and Razzak. Shakib-captain as usual, Mushfiq- He takes time to play his shot. So Zahirul Batsman come wicketkeeper can be a good alternative. Mashrafi- Lower order big heating capability & has the experience, Shafiul- good heater as well as bowler, Bowl regularly more than 140km per hour] I thought we shall go to semi-final in world T20 but national selectors did some mistake now it is not possible to achieve our goal!!!

  • Benjer on April 2, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    We feel many of the times our team silectors & cricket managment both of their thinking is very poor still now because they played the cricket in older verson's when Bangladesh was in learning situation & they never segrigate the test,oneday & T20 cricket that's why they don't know how to play clasical cricket & which payer's are fit for all the three formates now.How they included Jahirul Imrul,Shafiul I/O Alok Kapali,Shahrier Nafees & Farhad reja ??Actualy they are busy for their Internal matter they are not serious abt BD performer.

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    why all the fuss about the selection guys??..just look at the group BD is in..do u strongly believe that with all the best players BD can beat either AUS or PAK??..i dont think so..so it doesn't really matters if kayes is selected or kapali or nafees is selected BD is going 2 go out in the 1st round..sadly thats the truth

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    i hope this is unexpectable team for bangladesh and aslo our countyr people people like play in t20 that beat ball by ball and plzyind free hand and also hard heating but not for weak batting we area always want to atacking position so this team may be make it that is Shakib,Masrafe,Nayem.Mahmuddulah,Mushfiq,Alok.Shahariar Nafees,Aftab,Nazmul.Rasel.Razzaq,Ahraful,Tamim Shuvo thats it

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    my best bangladeshi should be:tamim,sakib.mosfiqur,nayeem,alok,najimuddin,mahmudullah,mashrafe,shahadad,shahriar,aftaf,razzaq,ashrahful.............i want atlest kapali................mahmudullah should hat hittet

  • T2_ on April 1, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    When the Indian team was selected Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni went share his thought and opinion the board called him over and vice captain. how come The Bd cricket board didnt call Shakib and Rahim ??????????????????????????????? Please change the selectors In the two years they have made some stupid decisions bd have some good world class players but they never get the chance to play in the team why is this......... Am also surprise Akram Khan is one of the selectors please think before you make decisions?????????????????????////////////

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