Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2011

Uncapped Nasir, Shuvagoto in squad for Zimbabwe

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 15, 2011

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Mohammad Ashraful celebrated extravagantly after his wickets, Bangladesh v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, February 25, 2010
Mohammad Ashraful is back after being ignored for the Australia ODIs © Getty Images
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Nasir Hossain earned his first call-up to the Bangladesh side after the BCB announced a 15-member squad for the Zimbabwe tour late on Friday evening. Mohammad Ashraful has been preferred over Raqibul Hasan in the squad, which also includes another uncapped player Shuvagoto Hom.

The announcement came two days after BCB chief Mustafa Kamal received the names of the selected players from chief selector Akram Khan, who had called for a change in the process which allows the board's technical committee to discuss the selectors' choices.

Nasir, a 19-year-old from Rangpur, was highly rated after outperforming most allrounders in the country for the past few years. Since he graduated from the sports institute BKSP, Nasir has regularly attracted big-money moves to the top Premier League clubs.

"It was my dream to play for Bangladesh," Nasir told ESPNcricinfo. "I told my family and I think they are happier than I am."

Considered for the ODI series alongside Shuvagoto, Nasir is being propped up for a role in the lower middle-order, according to Akram, while Shuvagoto will be tested at the No. 4 position, a spot that has been Bangladesh's scourge.

"Nasir has a bright future and we have picked him and Shuvagoto for the ODI series," Akram said. "I think he is far ahead of all the other good allrounders and we have considered him for his positive frame of mind."

Predictably, Ashraful and Junaid Siddique made comebacks, though both played Bangladesh's previous Test match in England last year. Ashraful showed poor form during the 2011 World Cup and was dropped for the Australia ODIs in April. "We considered both Ashraful and Raqibul for the same position and I think Ashraful won the spot for his experience and some good knocks in South Africa (for Bangladesh A earlier this year)," Akram said.

The squad will be led by Shakib Al Hasan, with Tamim Iqbal as vice-captain. Former captain and fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, who had another knee surgery in May, is undergoing rehabilitation and continues to miss out.

Bangladesh are visiting Zimbabwe for one Test and five ODIs. The tour starts with a three-day game against a Zimbabwe XI from July 30.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Tamim Iqbal (vc), Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Robiul Islam, Shuvagoto Hom, Nasir Hossain.

Reserves: Naeem Islam, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Alok Kopali, Syed Rasel, Sahagir Hossain (wk).

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Posted by T2-- on (July 18, 2011, 21:39 GMT)

Noo Shahadat hossain He is the best fast bowler bangladesh test team ever had. I remember those 6wicket he took against india. Instead of him they got un experience Robiul Islam.

1) Tamim 2) Imrul 3) Ashraful 4) Nafees 5) Rayid 6) Shakib 7) Hom 8) Rahim) 9) Razzak 10) Shafiul 11) Shadath hussain

Posted by A_Proud_Bengali on (July 18, 2011, 20:28 GMT)

@ Ashique129 :- Your welcome! Well i do agree with you logic about letting young talent to mature till a certain age and then allowed to play...but also do look at the deficiencies we have at No.4 and No.7. If any of the two newcomers can cement a place in any of the position, you can say bye-bye to Ashraful. Only because we lack in pipeline for this spot is only why he is being still considered. Apart form that, in test Shuvagoto has a bright chance. He is 24 and have played and performed well in the domestic circuit for quite a long time. Its high time we give him a chance. Specialists are only developed when you offer them opportunity. We are in that phase yet and will be for some years to come. Till then we gotta be hopeful inshALLAH...!

Posted by Ashique129 on (July 18, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

A_Proud_Bengali - thanks a lot for your reply. I have to confess - I never saw Shuvagoto and Nasir play. You may know about their game much more than me. For tests though - I am a believer of specialists; I wouldn't count bowlers who bowl occasionally (which it looks like both these are). After our "Ashraful and other experiences", I am conservative about allowing debutants below 20 - that is just my problem :) You are right about Razzak that he has a hold on Zimbabwe. I heard he can now really spin the ball and it surprised Chigumbura (or was it Taylor?) lately in Dhaka. If that is the case - hopefully he can spin us to victory inshala'allah.

Posted by Ashique129 on (July 18, 2011, 18:17 GMT)

A_Proud_Bengali - thanks a lot for your reply. I have to confess - I never saw Shuvagoto and Nasir play. You may know about their game much more than me. For tests though - I am a believer of specialists; I wouldn't count bowlers who bowl occasionally (which it looks like both these are). After our "Ashraful and other experiences", I am conservative about allowing debutants below 20 - that is just my problem :) You are right about Razzak that he has a hold on Zimbabwe. I heard he can now really spin the ball and it surprised Chigumbura (or was it Taylor?) lately in Dhaka. If that is the case - hopefully he can spin us to victory inshala'allah.

Posted by Ashique129 on (July 18, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

In my humble opinion, Shuvo is a far more menacing left-arm spinner in tests than Razzak. One can see this in the striking difference of their 1st class bowling records. Unfortunately we can't replace Razzak now, and there is no other specialist spinner in the team (barring Shakib). I don't know how the three ex-captains missed this. For the batting - Ashraful in the test side is a mistake for sure and I wouldn't worry about him at all (for the entire tour, really). I'd play Shahreer Nafees or Shuvagoto instead, simply because they put more value on their wickets. After Kayes, Tamim and Junayed, it might not be bad to test Mahmudullah again at 4, followed by Shakib, Nafees/Shuvagoto and Mushfiq. I'm not sure at all about playing Nasir any game at all - it may be too early now to dilute his 19-year old brain. There will be other chances for that in future :)

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

Come on guys, still, he is the best domestic player of BD! Perhaps, his performances is not cosistance, so as the given chances to him lately! I'm a great fan of the tigers too, but not a fan of Ash. And I love cricket and understand to tell you guys who are opposing Ash will express their madness support to him more than me in no times! Just follow the cricket and love the game than loving any player!

Posted by smukhles on (July 18, 2011, 15:09 GMT)

@Man007, I seriously doubt your cricket knowledge as no team can become a mainstream team depending on one player, according to you it is Shakib Al Hasan in Bangladesh's case ! Therte are other players on the team as well as when we go on the field, Shakib doesn't go by himself or 11 Shakib doesn't go there !!! lol@ yourself buddy!!!!

Posted by A_Proud_Bengali on (July 18, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

However, i did notice the Zim team playing a lot of games against SA XI and Aus XI. Undoubtedly, this will offer them the exposure they require at this stage to beat Bangladesh. In conjunction to that, they have also been playing 3/4 days game as well whereas BD will certainly miss such matches. The 4-day game in SA is the only cue to sharpen the blades. I hope the 1 month camp under Sarwar Imran paid off and cricketers will come our ready. My test squad :- Tamim, Imrul, Nafees, Shuvagoto, Riyad, Shakib, Mushfiq, Razzak, Shafiul, Nazmul, Rubel.

Posted by A_Proud_Bengali on (July 18, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

The selectors should give plenty of chances to the new-comers and test them out in every aspect, the reason being this Zim tour is the only series that precede the major ones against WI and Pakistan. If they can solve the no.4 dilemma (through Nasir/Hom) in our batting line-up, i think Ashraful wont be required in the coming cricket...though his only advantage is experience.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2011, 8:11 GMT)

@ Ary Srinivas: you India always shows arrogance. You have 118 crore people so the market is in your pocket. A country can play well but the most important thing u india never respects to another cricket countries. Bangladesh is still a young team in the world cricket but when BD cricket will be an old team as like as your team and sri lanka then BD also can dominate in world cricket one day but BD will never dominate in world cricket by arrogance that ur country shows. I just wanna let you know that why india doesn't want to invite BD cricket team in your country to play because if india loses to bangladesh in any test or ODI or T20 in home series then you all can not keep control your anger. This proves that u can take cricket as only a business or a matter of arrogance but u don't take it as a game. But srilanka plays cricket as a game so they have no arrogance as india have.

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