Zimbabwe Twenty20 triangular series 2012 May 31, 2012

Ashraful recalled for Zimbabwe T20s

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Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful and opening batsman Junaid Siddique have been recalled for the unofficial Twenty20 tri-series against Zimbabwe and South Africa next month after reasonable performances in Bangladesh Premier League. They replaced Nazimuddin and Jahurul Islam, both of whom were in the top-order during the Asia Cup in March.

The Akram Khan-led selection panel also left out Shahadat Hossain and Imrul Kayes and included allrounders Farhad Reza and Ziaur Rahman. The selectors have also retained uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Anamul Haque and fast bowler Abul Hasan, who replaced Shafiul Islam midway through the Asia Cup after Shafiul had hurt his shoulder.

This season, Ashraful and Junaid have batted like they used to in the early part of their careers in the Twenty20 format. Ashraful has the most runs in T20Is for Bangladesh and was the second highest scorer among country's batsmen in the BPL with 258 runs at a strike-rate of 112.66 including a fifty. Junaid scored 238 runs in the BPL and had been in good form in first-class cricket. He played his last T20I in August 2009 against West Indies.

"Junaid [Siddique] has a very good reputation as a Twenty20 player and most importantly, he played well in BPL and in the later part of the National Cricket League," Akram said.

"Ashraful also looked good in the domestic competition as he always does. It is also true that he cannot fulfill our expectations, but we want to keep faith in him because he is a very good option for Twenty20 cricket," he added.

Ashraful is currently playing for Blackheath Club in the Kent Premier League and will return to the country on June 8.

But many will closely follow how Ziaur steps up to the bigger stage in his first recall since being named in the provisional squad for the inaugural World Twenty20 five years ago. A 25-year-old allrounder, Ziaur's medium-pace bowling has been overshadowed by his big-hitting capabilities.

Ziaur tapered off during the intervening period but has had a much better season for Khulna, his first-class side, before making important top-order contributions for Chittagong Kings in the BPL. In the country's top one-day league, the Dhaka Premier League, Ziaur has been instrumental in Old DOHS Sports Club's stay at the top of the table with some quick runs during the Powerplays.

Imrul Kayes could consider himself unlucky as he has had very few chances since being sidelined during the Asia Cup. He had made it into the squad after finding some form in domestic cricket but lost out to Nizamuddin as Tamim Iqbal's opening partner. Now Imrul, Nizamuddin and Jahurul have been cast aside.

"[Jahurul Islam] Omi is unlucky because as a back-up wicketkeeper-batsman [Anamul Haque] Bijoy impressed us the most. Bijoy has been in good touch and performed well in all levels of domestic cricket. He is a good prospect," Akram said. "On the other hand Imrul [Kayes] is a good opening batsman but he is suited for the 50-overs game."

It would be the first opportunity for skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and the team management, led by newly-appointed coach Richard Pybus, to assess resources in the Twenty20 format. Akram too sees this as the first of three opportunities to put together a balanced line-up for the ICC World Twenty20s in September.

"We have good opportunity to find out the right combination for the Twenty20 World Cup. We are scheduled to play in Zimbabwe, Trinidad & Tobago and Ireland and thought we are not in favour of making changes, we always want to recognise performances," Akram said.

Bangladesh arrive in Harare on June 13 and take on Zimbabwe in the first game of the tournament on June 17.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah (vice-capt), Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Mashrafe Mortaza, Farhad Reza, Nazmul Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Abul Hasan

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  • Tawhid_002 on June 3, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Bad Decision taken by BCB. Poor Ashraful is again in the squad! This man never proves his potentiality for BD team. He made few cameo innings by playing huge no. of innings and have lack of consistency. But again & again he returns in the team for his back-up(!?!). Good to see that Nazimuddin is not in the squad and proves that he is not for International cricket. Imrul Kayes, Jahurul Islam must be in squad because they were in the Asia Cup 2012 but any match (Imrul Kayes) or few match (Jahurul Islam). They are thrown without giving them any chance to perform, although they were included by their performance. Inclusion of Ziaur Rahman is a good steps but late decision

  • AzAb12754 on June 3, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Bangladesh are a team that is on the rise and I feel the selectors have got it right for once. The only player they have mistakenly selected was Farhad Reza as he is not that good and performed badly in his last International encounter. Mominul Haque should have been chosen instead of him.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 3, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @ me.nuralam: Aftab's per4mance in recent years is vulnerable. His poor form in Domestic circuit puts him out of selectors plan. So wrong choice met.

  • on June 3, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Shafiul has a very good economy rate in t20 international (6.56) which is very good for any country.Farhad is very expensive and out of form for long time.Junaed is one of the best t20 batsman of the country.my team- 1.tamim 2.Junaed 3.Ashraful 4.sakib 5.nasir 6.mushfik 7.mashrafi 8.mahmdullah 9.razzak 10.nazmul 11.Elias I don't want Mahmudullah because he is not suitable for t20(past record poor) but there is no option left.Mominul,Sabbir and Milon could be in the squad because they are the top t20 player of the country.

  • on June 3, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    THE playing 11 shud be: 1.tamim 2.anamul 3.Ashrafoool 4.sakib 5.nasir 6.mushfik 7.mashrafi 8.mahmdullah 9.razzak 10.nazmul 11.abul hasan no need for junaid cos we already hav tamim as the lefty opener and he might break -the left-right openin combination so anamul cud b a gud RIGTHY opener. -ash is gud in t20s i believe...n i think he wont disappont us in t20s this tym -abul hasan shud be the 3rd pacer cos zim pitches r not slow lyk bd n BD played 3 pacers in asia cup too!! best of luck BD :) our prayers r with u

  • Rafelgibt on June 3, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    @legaleagle on (June 01 2012, 11:26 AM GMT) if you think that BAN is ordinary then why are you wasting your precious time on commenting???? ASH might be a good choice for T20 opening (Though i really doubt).......But why ordinary players like Forhad Reza and Mahmudullah is being called????No way they suit T20......Otherwise the whole team is quite balanced...........

  • me.nuralam on June 2, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Good selection, but would like to see T20 special batsman Aftab Ahmed & Alok Kapali back into the squad. And all the best for Ashraful. Ash please do something better this time.....plzzzz plzzz and plzzz

  • Remon_Shikder on June 2, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Farhad reja good choice but jahirul out is not good.....i think alok and aftab need for long term view.....

  • on June 2, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    consistently most inconsistency performer the great Ash.Best of luck to him.

  • on June 2, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    mominul haque and subsequently sabbir rahman should come to the squad instead of ashrafulllllll and forhad reza.mominul as batsman and sabbir legi allrounder

  • Tawhid_002 on June 3, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Bad Decision taken by BCB. Poor Ashraful is again in the squad! This man never proves his potentiality for BD team. He made few cameo innings by playing huge no. of innings and have lack of consistency. But again & again he returns in the team for his back-up(!?!). Good to see that Nazimuddin is not in the squad and proves that he is not for International cricket. Imrul Kayes, Jahurul Islam must be in squad because they were in the Asia Cup 2012 but any match (Imrul Kayes) or few match (Jahurul Islam). They are thrown without giving them any chance to perform, although they were included by their performance. Inclusion of Ziaur Rahman is a good steps but late decision

  • AzAb12754 on June 3, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Bangladesh are a team that is on the rise and I feel the selectors have got it right for once. The only player they have mistakenly selected was Farhad Reza as he is not that good and performed badly in his last International encounter. Mominul Haque should have been chosen instead of him.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 3, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @ me.nuralam: Aftab's per4mance in recent years is vulnerable. His poor form in Domestic circuit puts him out of selectors plan. So wrong choice met.

  • on June 3, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Shafiul has a very good economy rate in t20 international (6.56) which is very good for any country.Farhad is very expensive and out of form for long time.Junaed is one of the best t20 batsman of the country.my team- 1.tamim 2.Junaed 3.Ashraful 4.sakib 5.nasir 6.mushfik 7.mashrafi 8.mahmdullah 9.razzak 10.nazmul 11.Elias I don't want Mahmudullah because he is not suitable for t20(past record poor) but there is no option left.Mominul,Sabbir and Milon could be in the squad because they are the top t20 player of the country.

  • on June 3, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    THE playing 11 shud be: 1.tamim 2.anamul 3.Ashrafoool 4.sakib 5.nasir 6.mushfik 7.mashrafi 8.mahmdullah 9.razzak 10.nazmul 11.abul hasan no need for junaid cos we already hav tamim as the lefty opener and he might break -the left-right openin combination so anamul cud b a gud RIGTHY opener. -ash is gud in t20s i believe...n i think he wont disappont us in t20s this tym -abul hasan shud be the 3rd pacer cos zim pitches r not slow lyk bd n BD played 3 pacers in asia cup too!! best of luck BD :) our prayers r with u

  • Rafelgibt on June 3, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    @legaleagle on (June 01 2012, 11:26 AM GMT) if you think that BAN is ordinary then why are you wasting your precious time on commenting???? ASH might be a good choice for T20 opening (Though i really doubt).......But why ordinary players like Forhad Reza and Mahmudullah is being called????No way they suit T20......Otherwise the whole team is quite balanced...........

  • me.nuralam on June 2, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Good selection, but would like to see T20 special batsman Aftab Ahmed & Alok Kapali back into the squad. And all the best for Ashraful. Ash please do something better this time.....plzzzz plzzz and plzzz

  • Remon_Shikder on June 2, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Farhad reja good choice but jahirul out is not good.....i think alok and aftab need for long term view.....

  • on June 2, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    consistently most inconsistency performer the great Ash.Best of luck to him.

  • on June 2, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    mominul haque and subsequently sabbir rahman should come to the squad instead of ashrafulllllll and forhad reza.mominul as batsman and sabbir legi allrounder

  • niloytonmoy on June 2, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    still have faith in Ash for T20 but not for 1dayers

  • on June 2, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    not bad........................................................

  • Sachit1979 on June 2, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Ashraful's selection is an enigma to me which is beyond my logic. Moreover Farhad's and Zia's domestic T20 stats also do not justify their selections for this T20 triangular series. But still I am eagerly looking forward for this series and wish for Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe, Nasir and Abdur Razzak to perform really well. All these players have capability to turn things in favor of Bangladesh. Good luck guys. :-)

  • on June 1, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    i dont what they see in ashraful

  • theswami on June 1, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Why no Alok Kapali or Diman Ghosh ???

  • on June 1, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Correction of my earlier post - please read "write reams..." instead of "right reams"....

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 1, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Good chance for Anamul, Zia & Hasan to prove their eligibility to walk around in international arena of Cricket. But inclusion of Ash is a mess. Nafees & Alok r better option in top order. Records don't reflect the reality. Though Ash has best t-20 batting record for BD, his form is too poor in last 2 years.

  • on June 1, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    BD has to come out from Ashraful Era. This guy Ashraful is very lucky who call up again and again for his failure. Bangladeshi cricket fans don't see Ashraful in BD team anymore.

  • k4zz on June 1, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Would have liked to have had Mominul Haque in the team seems like a good talented player. Regarding Ash its understandable he had a good bpl so deserves this chance in t20, if he flops then there isn't any excuse for him to be in the world cup. He has a good strike rate at 144 for t20 international so could be a good pinch hitter down the order. Good to see Siddique in the team was unlucky not to be in the Asia cup. While expecting big things from Anamul Haque.

  • on June 1, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    1.Tamim 2.Junaid 3. mahmudulla 4. Mohammad Ashraful 5. Shakib Al Hasan 6. Nasir Hossain 7. Mushfiqur Rahim 8. Mashrafe Mortaza 9. Farhad Reza 10. Abdur Razzak/Elias Sunny 11. Nazmul Hossain

    i thing this is best

  • Legaleagle on June 1, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Bangladesh team can recall any number of its failed players but the fact of the matter is- they are an ORDINARY TEAM!!

    They need to invest a lot in their game at the domestic level before hoping for a turn around. One or two wins in some tournament won't make up for so many failures at the international level. Bangladesh is still at par with Zimbabwe and in many cases worst than an associate team.

  • Samudro2106 on June 1, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Good selection of Ziaur Rahman as he is a perfect choice for T20 with his power hitting ability and useful seam bowling.Bangladesh lack this kind of all rounder. Abul hasan is a lively bowler which'll help too. And prediction on Ashraful will be a blinded throw only..Hope Bangladesh will play well as they did in Asia cup..

  • Sadequl on June 1, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Ashraful please carry on & do not let your self & us down anymore or don't show us the "ashar-ful" any farther.

  • anver777 on June 1, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Till Ashraful quit cricket.... i guess he will keep getting chances after chances !!!!

  • abyrao on June 1, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Bangladesh have to think beyond Ashraful. Even no 8 or 9 in some countries have a better average than him, how many chances one can get. BPL showcased good talent then why again do the same error repeatedly?

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on June 1, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I think Ashraful has a "Good Connection" with some "Powerful" powerhouses to get selection even if it breaks Tigers confident good-looking combination. However, if my thinking is correct then I feel Bangladesh again going backwards -- as it happened recently in IPL -- PWI kept Tiger Tamim out and played Ganguly as opener because Ganguly was good opener in the past!!!. Otherwise no other cricketing brain will probably understand while a promising cricketer like Anamul Haque is sitting without a game in the pipeline, a dumped player (who played some very good knocks in the past, thanks ASH, it is past, we will never forget your Cardiff innings) will be re-called???

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on June 1, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Sad to see still people are crying for Kapali, Nafees. Those boys were given chances after chances -- failed repeatedly. So it's better to replace them with others. Even giving Ashraful another chance probably will go wrong.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on June 1, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    people seriously needs to get over Alok Kapali and Ash. The reason Bd did so well in Asia Cup was because these two were not included. ICL is long gone and some performance in ICL doesnt make a good player as it was mediocre league, Alok Kapali cant take international pressure, he is given many chance recently and failed miserably

  • shaikwasi on June 1, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Why Mahmudullah??? He is unfit for shorter version. Alok Kapali should get chance instead of Mahmudullah. My best XI according to this selection: 1.Tamim 2.Junaid 3. Ziaur Rahman 4. Mohammad Ashraful 5. Shakib Al Hasan 6. Nasir Hossain 7. Mushfiqur Rahim 8. Mashrafe Mortaza 9. Farhad Reza 10. Abdur Razzak/Elias Sunny 11. Nazmul Hossain

  • on June 1, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Perfect logic on picks and shuffles. Surely a good selection and a right decision giving Ashraful yet another change to showcase his talent. It will be only HIM to be blamed if we do not see him in Twenty20 World Cup squad. A VERY VERY good decision that Shahadat has no place in the team. One can right reams why he can never get a call in national squad in any form of cricket.

  • Meety on June 1, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Man Ashraful has had his share of luck over the years. In the Bang domestic scene there other players like Rajin Selah who is more deserving of another crack. Ashraful is possibly worth a crack in the T20 team as he plays his ODIs & tests like there are only 120 balls to face in an innings! If he has to play, I'd have him as #7 or #8 as his bowling I feel is more useful than his batting!!!!! == == == Very glad to see Reza get a go. I'd like him to be in the ODI side permanantly & in the Test squad.

  • wiseshah on May 31, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Mominul is next in line. good T20 team. i dont want mahmudullah in main XI--he doesnt fit T20 requirement

  • on May 31, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    I think Ziaur Rahman is absolutely perfect choice for t-20 Tri-series.

  • on May 31, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Abul Hossain is the fastest bowler of the country who normally bowl 140-142 km but much expensive in t20.Sad to shafiul is not in the squad who is good in t20.I am not interested in Rubel who is very expensive, although he is injuired.farhad Reza is compeletly out of form in t20 and very expensive bowler as well.Very happy to see Zia vai but Nazmul Hossain Milon could be in the squad.Mominul and Sabbir inshah Allah future t20 player of the country

  • rongdhonu on May 31, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Thats great team selection but one mominul should get chance Place of ashraful

  • on May 31, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Where is Alok Kapali ???????????????????

  • on May 31, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    No Shariar Nafees poor selection he coudve opened with tamim plus Aghraful is a Great player in twenty 20 international ant this is his time to prove why he should play in the icc world cup twenty 20

  • on May 31, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    lord-dravid: and south africa also

  • wiseshah on May 31, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    good to see shahadat, shahriar nafees and nazimuddin out. I am not sure about abul Hossain's prospect. he doesnt show any promise in any level. sad part is there is no promising fast bowler either besides rubel, najmul , mashrafe and shafiul

  • wiseshah on May 31, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    good selection. my line up 1. tamim 2. anamul Bijoy 3. junaed/ziaur rahman 4. ashraful 5. shakib 6. mushfiq 7. nasir 8. mashrafe 9. razzaq 10. elias sunny 11 najmul. bench: mahmudulah,farhad reza, ziaur,abul hossain

  • FrenchCricketFan on May 31, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    I think ban should start play this teenager anamul hauq , he is talented and have good future for ban. If you let your young players with potential play they will improve/grow , otherwise u r not letting your team improve in the long run. Select team for future not for present.

  • on May 31, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    It should be Nazimuddin....not Nizamuddin

  • on May 31, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    not even bad selection, all have performed well in the domestic season & BPL, so be fare to those performers, so good selection, really eager to see the new pacer abul hasan, allrounder zia & wicketkeeper batsman anamul, bd selectors should have to find a big hitter batsman at the lower middle order, will keep an eye on zia, how fine he will do....

  • ZsZs on May 31, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Good for Ashraful. I am happy for him. He did well in BPL.

  • on May 31, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    why junaid, why abul hossain, where is shafiul....missing alok...

  • asiacricket1234 on May 31, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Why Ashraful. That guy only scores once a year. You cant keep bringing him back again and again. His performance in BPL was rubbish too. This is redicoulas. He is gonna score one fifty or something like that against one of the weak oppent and get a place in T20 WC where we'll have a bunch of 10 ball ducks from him :@

  • aalkafi on May 31, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    In my opinion by far Ashraful was the best thing ever happened to Bangladesh cricket. We collectively - Ash himself and the board basically killed what could have been enviable cricketing career. Ok tell me who in the Bangladesh team has the talent to score big - winning or match saving innings other than Ash. Probably Tamim and Shakib. Now; when he struggled instead of staying by him the board dropped him in and out of the team. When you do that you destroy the self confidence and that is what had happened here.

  • on May 31, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    ashraful is the best t20 batsmen of bangladesh good selection

  • Bangla_Cricket on May 31, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Excellent selection by the selectors. It seems the best composition for T20 Bangladesh cricket team. I really feel sorry for Alok Kapali who is one of my favorite player and would love to see him in the squad. But selectors have picked up the right players for T20. Waiting to see some gorgeous roar from Bangladesh tigers in the T20 series and World cup. Best of luck for "Team Bangladesh".

  • Refat on May 31, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Thanks selection committee to select new bangladesh squard.nice to see junaid and two new face ziaur, and abul.Subsequently two telent mominul Hoque and Alaudding babu should get chance in bangladesh squard.anamul should play all match in zimbabwe vist.Wish all the best bangldesh team.

  • durjoy96 on May 31, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    There's worries about Ashraful and Junaid.And why Farhad Reza?

  • on May 31, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    well done bangladesh he is the best bat all time.

  • on May 31, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    As many as umpteen times, Mr. Ashraf gets a chance. No International players in cricket history has the privilege to be recalled so many times. Is Bangladesh really dearth of better players than Ashraf? Can't fathom this logic of the board.

  • on May 31, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    This is a good choice.Imrul was not good at all in t20 international and BPL.Ashraful is in squad because of t20,Anamul might not be in main 11 but he has been learning with team.Everyone in this squad is good performer in BPL,That's why they have been taken.Only Mahmudullah does not have good t20 history but he was okey in BPL.Nice to see Ziaur who can be opening bowler and opening batsman.He has a very good pace and used to bowl as a opener but nowdays he is playing as a openong batsman.6 batsman--Mahmudullah , Tamim, Junaid, Ashraful, Shakib , Nasir Hossain, 2 wicket keeper-- Mushfiqur,Anamul,2 spinnes--Abdur Razzak, Elias,1 fast bowler Nazmul and four fast bowling allrounder Mashrafe , Farhad,Ziaur and Abul Hasan.Mhamudullah and Ashraful also can bowl in t20.It is perfect team for t20 based on allrounder but I think one player could be in t20 squad who is Nazmul Hossain Milon

  • on May 31, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    unofficial Twenty20 tri-series !!

    Why??

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 31, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Since when Ziaur Rahman is a fast bowler? Yes he bowls medium deliveries but he is mainly a Batsman. A hard hitting one too. And honestly with Anamul in the team, where is the slot for Ashraful?

  • Quddus-Mamu on May 31, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    BD selectors should give a chance to Mominul Haque instead of Junaid Siddique or Mohammad Ashraful. Bangladesh is playing T20. Mominul Haque performed really well in BPL. I'm glad that, at least they selected Anamul Haque. Hope, Anamul Haque will get a chance to play this time. Good luck tigers.

  • on May 31, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I don't understand why there are some people who are disagreeing with this squad selection because there's nothing really wrong with it and the selection panel of Bangladesh have got it right for once. All these players and that includes Ashraful have performed fairly well in the BPL and that's why the Bangladeshi selection panel chose them and I agree with them as well. I'm also glad they included Junaid as he was in blistering form in the BPL so there's really nothing to worry about as I feel this group of squad will do well in the coming T20 games. To be honest, though I myself is fairly critical of Ashraful, I think he at least deserves a place in Bangladesh's T20 lineup considring how effective he is in that format but I still will not include him in either ODIs or Tests until he gets his basic rights. In fact the BCB are not even considering having him in their ODIs or Tests squad but rather only for T20s even this article mentions it if you read it carefully.

  • Noball_Specialist on May 31, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    The Ashraful farce continues.

  • on May 31, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Batting line up should Tamim,Junaid,Anamul,Shakib,Nasir,Mushfiq,Mahmudullah,Zia,Mashrafee,Abul Hossain,Razzaq/Sani,

  • on May 31, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Oh no...get a life selectors...Poor decision i must say....i like Ashraful but to be honest he is gud for nothing..yes,he sometimes hits two or three boundaries which look pleasure to watch but gets out in a silly fashion over and over again..so, there is no point of picking a mediocre batsman when others r playing well

  • on May 31, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    the reasoning is very simple. Akram Khan was one of the senior players who saw a world class talent in Ashraful, and it was the first time they have seen someone like him. Same for Habibul Bashar. These two selectors are automatic 'fan's of Ashraful, and they can't still get past the debut 100 against Sri Lanka or the various yearly innings Ashraful played. So no matter what Ashraful does, if he keeps making the occasional yearly 50s, he will make the cut for the Bangladesh team at least a few times a year. what these selectors cannot get past, is that Bangladesh is no longer happy with one 50+ score in 20 matches, we would rather have ten 35+ innings in 20 matches than a 100 in 20 matches.

  • Tokai69 on May 31, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Well, this is going to be a practice match so no harm to have Ashraful in the sqad based on his performance in BPL. He shouldn't be given a place in the t20 wc if he fails to justify

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 31, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    The first challenging task Mr Pybus will face --- probably to get rid of an ex-in-form batsman Ashraful. The exciting news getting Pybus as BD coach -- and the disappointing news Ash has been recalled have made me balanced with zero feeling. I've no idea, at a stage when you're doing better without a particular player --- why should you recall him? Let somebody fail and then consider Ashraful. I'm utterly confused and so disappointed.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 31, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Except for Ashraful..An Excellent Selection By The Selection Commity...Thanks....Very Good To See Imrul Kayes,Shafiul and Rubel are Gone :)

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 31, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Ashraful is back? What's the reason?? Isn't the team doing better without him???

  • Nazib_Warriors on May 31, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Why Ashraful? I don't believe it, how he is in the team again?

  • Fogu on May 31, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Sure Indiaforever. Benching Tamim worked our so well for Pune Warriors. Let me hear you again, what was their record? Not sure why Ashraful was picked. If he has a changed mind set, he can help the team becasue he is talented but so far has not shown the discipline.

  • admshafi on May 31, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Good selection,specially anamul haque,ziaur rahman and abul hasan are pormising,they all have good prospect.

  • Khairul101 on May 31, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @Praxis Why ? Why ? = Ashraful always Ashraful. Some day gone for him unexpected by mis performance. But he is a Big cricketer. Welcome for him. Be supporter of Ashraful. Than he give more more ....us.

  • on May 31, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Ashraful is one of greatest talents in BD. But is not being able to prove himself right on time. Your back is against wall now........ COME ON DEAR ASH!!

  • i_amVIVA on May 31, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @Indiaforever: and Dada got what he deserved by benching the redhot Tamim fresh from Asian Cup then. On Ash, I am surprised BD still twicking with him, don't they have anymore fresh youth in the pipeline to take this once mighty, now faded Ash! Structure, Structure, Structure... meaning to establish a comprehensive, constant and complete domestic crecit network throughout the country; only BD can expect improvement of cricket gradually, or they are bound to remain at the bottom of the basket for years to come... BCB need to take this very seriously without wasting anymore time, now that we have a new coach and plethora of money from a new sponser Sahara. Go Tiger

  • on May 31, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Congrats to Abul Hasan Raju. Feeling great to see his name. Saw since childhood. God bless him. Wish him all the luck.

  • ansarri on May 31, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    its a good decision to include Junaid and the other two players but ahshrafu i am not so sure

  • Lord_Dravid on May 31, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    A much anticipated series, bangladesh v zimbabwe! way to go LOL

  • Fareen on May 31, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Would have loved to see Kapali in place of Farhad Reza as his leg spinners would have come handy. Add to that, Reza never performed for us. But happy to see Abul Hasan & Zia getting chances. Zia's been wonderful and deserved it.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on May 31, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Why would they do that? Bangla performed brilliantly in the Asia Cup after dropping Ashraful. Why change a successful combination? Ashraful has had enough chances in the international level for more than a decade, and he has failed far too often.

  • on May 31, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    new players should be given opportunity to feel international environment~~~

  • on May 31, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    It's just sad how many chances he has been given.

  • Praxis on May 31, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Ashraful recalled again, why?

  • skepticaloptimist on May 31, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Is this a joke or what? As an Indian this is so sad to see. Bangladesh has literal truckloads of talented players and they are recalling the same player over and over again. Asharful, from time to time, has shown that he does not possess the hunger to succeed at the top level. Yes, he's talented, but so is my neighbor. Very poor from the selection committee; in a country with so much talent, it shouldn't be hard to find success-hungry players like Tamim, Mushy, et al. They might as well consider pushing Nasir Hossain, one of their cleanest strikers, to number three. The batting line-up should look like: Tamim, Janaid, Hossain, Shakib, Mushy, Mahmudullah. Good luck to B'desh. I really do think they can make more substantial progress if they can manage their best players well. Unfortunately, Asharful doesn't make the cut just because he's talented.

  • Indiaforever on May 31, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    At least now Tamim will get a game after being on the beach for the whole IPL

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  • Indiaforever on May 31, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    At least now Tamim will get a game after being on the beach for the whole IPL

  • skepticaloptimist on May 31, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Is this a joke or what? As an Indian this is so sad to see. Bangladesh has literal truckloads of talented players and they are recalling the same player over and over again. Asharful, from time to time, has shown that he does not possess the hunger to succeed at the top level. Yes, he's talented, but so is my neighbor. Very poor from the selection committee; in a country with so much talent, it shouldn't be hard to find success-hungry players like Tamim, Mushy, et al. They might as well consider pushing Nasir Hossain, one of their cleanest strikers, to number three. The batting line-up should look like: Tamim, Janaid, Hossain, Shakib, Mushy, Mahmudullah. Good luck to B'desh. I really do think they can make more substantial progress if they can manage their best players well. Unfortunately, Asharful doesn't make the cut just because he's talented.

  • Praxis on May 31, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Ashraful recalled again, why?

  • on May 31, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    It's just sad how many chances he has been given.

  • on May 31, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    new players should be given opportunity to feel international environment~~~

  • AJ_Tiger86 on May 31, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Why would they do that? Bangla performed brilliantly in the Asia Cup after dropping Ashraful. Why change a successful combination? Ashraful has had enough chances in the international level for more than a decade, and he has failed far too often.

  • Fareen on May 31, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Would have loved to see Kapali in place of Farhad Reza as his leg spinners would have come handy. Add to that, Reza never performed for us. But happy to see Abul Hasan & Zia getting chances. Zia's been wonderful and deserved it.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 31, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    A much anticipated series, bangladesh v zimbabwe! way to go LOL

  • ansarri on May 31, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    its a good decision to include Junaid and the other two players but ahshrafu i am not so sure

  • on May 31, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Congrats to Abul Hasan Raju. Feeling great to see his name. Saw since childhood. God bless him. Wish him all the luck.