Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2013 April 5, 2013

Shakib back for Zimbabwe Tests

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Bangladesh has been boosted by the return of Shakib Al Hasan in the 15-man squad that will take on Zimbabwe in two Tests later this month. The recall of Sajidul Islam after five years, and the persistence with Shahadat Hossain, are both due to the shortage of fit pace bowlers after Abul Hasan was ruled out of the tour with a back injury.

Tamim Iqbal has been retained in the Test squad despite a right thumb injury. He has an outside chance of playing in the first game but is expected to recover in time for the second Test.

Shakib missed Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka as he needed time to recover from surgery for a stress fracture in his right shin. Chief selector Akram Khan said the allrounder could be available for the first Test that starts on April 17, but only as a batsman.

"Shakib [Al Hasan] will play as a batsman in the first Test," Akram said in a press briefing. "Whether he will bowl or not is up to whether he recovers in time, but he will definitely be ready to bowl in the second Test match."

Shakib will bring much needed balance to the team, and it is clear that he is far more comfortable after the surgery in late February. He has begun batting in the nets.

Sajidul is a left-arm swing bowler who made his Test debut in New Zealand in 2008, but was subsequently not picked again. He has taken 27 first-class wickets this season for Rangpur Division and North Zone. He makes up a four-man pace attack that also includes Shahadat, who took just one wicket in the Galle Test last month. Abul's injury paved the way for his inclusion after he had a terrible Twenty20 outing last week against Sri Lanka.

"Shahadat is a Test specialist so we want to continue with him. We are having a shortage of pace bowlers, so we need him to perform.

"Sajidul has made a return after doing well in the Bangladesh Cricket League lately. He has been one of the pace bowlers training in the Academy over the last month while the senior side was in Sri Lanka," Akram said.

Shahriar Nafees and Enamul Haque have also been included in the side after both missed the Sri Lanka tour with injuries. Nafees cut his hand while shaving his bat, and Enamul suffering from a hamstring injury. There was no place for Naeem Islam, who also withdrew from the last tour with a right quadriceps tear. Mohammad Ashraful has taken control of the No. 3 position for now after a productive tour.

There was no place for Elias Sunny and Marshall Ayub, while Anamul Haque misses out due to college exams, for which he has taken a short leave from cricket. Mashrafe Mortaza had sounded out his inclination to play Tests, but did not recover sufficiently from a heel contusion.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Tamim Iqbal, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Enamul Haque, Robiul Islam, Sajidul Islam.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on April 12, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    why bangladeshi selectors call shahadat Rabiul etc in bangladeshi national XI ? Do they have ever any good record in their career? It may be hard question. Do they have any excellent spell for last 2 years?

  • on April 8, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    welcome back,sakib.Robiul and sajedul will be right combination

  • on April 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    i will request chief selector to bring fresh talent instead of giving many more chances to Sahadat Hossain. Sahadat took some wickets in his initial days while playing at home. but the fact is before 6/7 years BD used to loose the test matches with in 3/4 days and more of the opponent teams are imposing big score in their first innings then it was easy to take wickets at the end of their innings now BD is showing more competition taking test matches to five days and need also accuracy in line length from bowlers part. Because to create a pressure on both side bowlers need to bowl with good line length. Shahadat was never accurate with his line length and was easy to give so many cheap runs. I hope Selectors will also thing about these facts while choosing a fast bowler.

  • on April 7, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    We need a good bowling coach and a spin coach with national team. Hope BCB will look at this fact that our bowling department was weak as always. and they would hire a bowling coach very soon. Winning test matches we need good bowling performance with batting.

  • on April 7, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    zimbabwe should come back stronly....they should bring back the players like justice chibabha,sean ervine,travis friend and douglas marlier..

  • on April 7, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    plz awake ZIM selectors and get back the glory of zimbabwe cricket..

    my pick would be 1.Sibanda 2.masakadza 3.Taylor(capt) 4.Sean williams 5.craig ervine 6.Malcom waller 7.Coventry(WK) 8.chigumbra 9.price 10.Jarvis 11.Querl 12.Mpofu 13.sean ervine 14.Utseya 15.Greame cremer 16.Mawayo

  • hasib9 on April 6, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Shahadat is a 'test specialist' who also plays T20 for his national team but is benched by his BPL team. It makes a lot of sense.

  • britishcricketfan on April 6, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    my test XI: tamim/nafees, jahrul, ashraful, mominul, shakib, mushfiqur, nasir, sohag, enamul, sajidul/robiul/rubel

    pace attack not strong enough to have three in line up, so i would include two, but defo not shahadat. sajidul returning is an exciting prospect cos he has impressed me whenever ive watched him. sohag and enamul will hopefully be good wicket-taking options. shakib replaces riyad due to his poor form. mominul is good at rotating strike so he should keep his place. if tamim is not fit, then nafees should replace him. jahrul and ashraful looked solid in last series.

  • on April 6, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    my team tamim shahriar ashraful shakib mushfiq nasir mominul gazi enamul sajidul rubel/shahadat

  • on April 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Marshal Ayub should chance again. IN Srilanka he should use.

  • on April 12, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    why bangladeshi selectors call shahadat Rabiul etc in bangladeshi national XI ? Do they have ever any good record in their career? It may be hard question. Do they have any excellent spell for last 2 years?

  • on April 8, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    welcome back,sakib.Robiul and sajedul will be right combination

  • on April 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    i will request chief selector to bring fresh talent instead of giving many more chances to Sahadat Hossain. Sahadat took some wickets in his initial days while playing at home. but the fact is before 6/7 years BD used to loose the test matches with in 3/4 days and more of the opponent teams are imposing big score in their first innings then it was easy to take wickets at the end of their innings now BD is showing more competition taking test matches to five days and need also accuracy in line length from bowlers part. Because to create a pressure on both side bowlers need to bowl with good line length. Shahadat was never accurate with his line length and was easy to give so many cheap runs. I hope Selectors will also thing about these facts while choosing a fast bowler.

  • on April 7, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    We need a good bowling coach and a spin coach with national team. Hope BCB will look at this fact that our bowling department was weak as always. and they would hire a bowling coach very soon. Winning test matches we need good bowling performance with batting.

  • on April 7, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    zimbabwe should come back stronly....they should bring back the players like justice chibabha,sean ervine,travis friend and douglas marlier..

  • on April 7, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    plz awake ZIM selectors and get back the glory of zimbabwe cricket..

    my pick would be 1.Sibanda 2.masakadza 3.Taylor(capt) 4.Sean williams 5.craig ervine 6.Malcom waller 7.Coventry(WK) 8.chigumbra 9.price 10.Jarvis 11.Querl 12.Mpofu 13.sean ervine 14.Utseya 15.Greame cremer 16.Mawayo

  • hasib9 on April 6, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Shahadat is a 'test specialist' who also plays T20 for his national team but is benched by his BPL team. It makes a lot of sense.

  • britishcricketfan on April 6, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    my test XI: tamim/nafees, jahrul, ashraful, mominul, shakib, mushfiqur, nasir, sohag, enamul, sajidul/robiul/rubel

    pace attack not strong enough to have three in line up, so i would include two, but defo not shahadat. sajidul returning is an exciting prospect cos he has impressed me whenever ive watched him. sohag and enamul will hopefully be good wicket-taking options. shakib replaces riyad due to his poor form. mominul is good at rotating strike so he should keep his place. if tamim is not fit, then nafees should replace him. jahrul and ashraful looked solid in last series.

  • on April 6, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    my team tamim shahriar ashraful shakib mushfiq nasir mominul gazi enamul sajidul rubel/shahadat

  • on April 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Marshal Ayub should chance again. IN Srilanka he should use.

  • siponus2007 on April 6, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    i had a feeling mahmudullah riyad will hit double century in this series

  • Sadequl on April 6, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @ fr600 & Saeed Al Mizan totally agreed with you guys what worse one can expect from bowlers who are ruining what ever this young BD team has achieved. On what ground BCB wants to give Shahadat such continuous chances, after the disaster he did most of the matches? If BCB wants to have a try then why not the young upcoming talents who showed a bit of performance in recent BPL & BCL & what worse it can happen? Like say for example if young Taskin would have given a bit of chances to play with the elders, he would learned something positive for his future to come to rectify himself to become a continuous performer in the team which we failed to create for the last decades [except Mashrafee]. Hope BCB would be more careful to waist timing & investment which they are doing atm. Last but not the least we all know Zim & WI are a bit shaky in spin attack so hope spinners will get privilege in the coming tour but they will re-think & take serious steps to generate pace blowers for the future.

  • fr600 on April 6, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    BCB, please kick out non-performing experienced fast bowlers. Try a random youngster, you might end up getting a good bowler. You probably wouldn't get anything worse what you have now.

  • Shaikot_Shadman on April 6, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Good , Shakib Back...

    Mahumdullah need rest. Mominul is much better than him.. usfiq should use Nasir and Mominul as alrounder in a team.. when see the pace bowler are useless.. that happened in last sires.

    Shamsur should get more chance in team...

    BCB should find a Couch for First Bowler.. and find new promising bowler.. Shahadat and rubel is useless... they cant learn ... they have no variation of bowling.. and they dont know how to bowl well... no line and length.. BCB just paying them for nothing...

  • on April 6, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    BCB should fire all three selectors effectively immediately. Selectors are not giving a chance to BD team to compete at their highest level. Shadat Hossain, Rubel Hussain, Abul Hasan will shine probably once in a bluemoon but truth is they will never be successful in an international level unless they correct their line and length. Selectors should have picked pacer Subashis Roy, I have never seen him bowling but his stats are pretty good online in domestic level. Most probably people at back home would know more about him. BD would have balance lineup if they would go with two pacers Robiul & Subashis and three spinners Ghazi, Enamul, and Shakib. Selectors excuses are unacceptable that BD has a shortage of pace bowlers and only options are the ones they have selected.

  • QingdaoXI on April 6, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Time to drop Riyad from test team, as he doesnt have temperament to play tests and young guys like monimul are better than him in tests. My Team Tamim, Nafees, Ashraful, Shakib, Monimul, Mushfiqur, Nasir, Gazi, Enamul and any two medium pacers who are best from the worst pack.

  • Dewan_Jaglul on April 6, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    There is obviously a limit for Shahadat and Rubel to learn. So they can't get any better than this. The selectors obviously don't have time to read this comments. This is Shahadat's best. He bowls with lot of heart. Just that his best in not good enough and the selectors just don't get this.

  • on April 6, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    If Shakib doesn't bowl in the first test then BD should drop Mahmudullah and pick up an extra bowler. There is no point of targeting draw with Zim. For winning test matches BD needs strong bowling then batting. In fact batting of BD team is strong by itself with Tamim,Nafees, Ashraful,Mominul,Shakib,Mushfiq,Nasir,Gazi in the squad. Picking Enamul as additional spinner and Rubel, Robiul as new ball bowler will bolster the bowling attack.

  • Tamkin786 on April 6, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Bangladesh Premiere League widely known as BPL was establish to find new local talent and give them chance to play in International Cricket. However, I do not see any new local talent got selected in the side. Instead the selectors picked some horrible bowlers (Shahdat and rubel) who would get beat by any batsmen who doesnt even know how to hold a bat. I think Mr Akram Akhan you should better Resign cuz you doing no good to our team.

  • on April 5, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    No Shahadat PLEASE!!!!! I really dont want him in the squad...

  • johnal on April 5, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    good series for shakib to come back . mohammed ashraful to make big scores.i think abdul hassan should be in this series.hope for a good series.

  • on April 5, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    may be 11 squad 1.tamim/johurul, 2. sharier nafees 3. m ashraful, 4. moshfiq 5.shakib 6. mahmudullah 7. nsir 8. shohag gazi 9. robiul islam 10.rubel hosin 11. sajidul. I HOPE, THIS 11 SQUAD MAY BE SUCCESS. DON'T FORGET. BCB.

  • British_North_America on April 5, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Ziaur Rahman is very overrated.Actually he performed well in BPL1 where any other new local batsman failed to perform so he got hyped.However, he failed in BPL2.I think in Bangladesh's T20 squad, players like Shabbir Rahman should get chance and I think Enamul Haq Junior should be our T20 spinner instead of A.Razzak. Enamul proved himself in both BPLs.If A. Razzak is better than him in T20, why not he became the most successful bowler of BPL?

  • AzAb12754 on April 5, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    There's no need of using so many batsman in the 11 especially when you will be facing a bowling attack of Zimbabwe. Instead we need to use an extra specialist bowler and this 11 will be good - Tamim, Shahriar, Ash, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Shahidul, Rubel and Enamul.

  • Samudro2106 on April 5, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @TigersCanKill Would you please tell me, where you have found Zia as a dependable batsman. I think he is not good enough batter even to be considered for ODIs let alone tests. He is kind of 'slog or miss' kind of batsman who can only hit domestic spinners, not quality intl. bowlers. And his bowling is only decent in shorter version. Rubel would be a good option with his brisk pace in Zim's pace-friendly condition. @M_Rakibul_Islam About Mominul's selection over Naeem, please have a look of Mominul's perfomance in tests vs Sri Lanka. I know Naeem is decent in tests but selectors can't draft everyone in.

  • British_North_America on April 5, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    What is the period of this selection committee? How many years will they be in service? We need new selectors who will be more aggressive.

  • TigersCanKill on April 5, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Where is Ziaur Rahman? He is a good batsman (at least for ODI and T20) plus a good pacer (way better then Shahadat and Rubel). Look at his numbers in Sri Lanka tour. Batting wise Ziaur Rahman: Dependable, Shahadat: 0, Rubel: 0; Bowling wise Ziaur Rahman: Economical, Shahadat: Very Expensive, Rubel: Very Expensive. Then why he is not in the squad?

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 5, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Naeem is really unlucky. He deserves a chance. Ayub was highest run getter in last FC season but I don't understand why selector selected Momin over him in last tour. And Syed Rasel could b in the squad instead of Sajidul as both r left hand swing bowler. In fact Rasel is more experienced despite slow speed.

  • asikbadhon on April 5, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    100% right @ TigersCanKill. Shahadat used to give so much runs in some close matches like asia cup final, last t20 against srilanka, and i think he will continue it. I do not know why selectors give him so much importance, he gave 50 + run in t20,and test does not get any wicket and misses catch,so if we take any new bowler like sajedul,babu etc , i do not think they will do the same, or selectors should selectors should select all spiners against zim., i hope that they will do better than shahadat and rubel, they should be kicked away from team because they cannot learn from their mistakes.We should play both sohag gazi and enamul junoir with sakib... hope they do well

  • on April 5, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Jahurul Islam, / Shahriar Nafees, 3. Mohammad Ashraful, 4. Shakib Al Hasan, 5. Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), 6. Mahmudullah (vice-capt), 7. Nasir Hossain, 8. Mominul Haque, / Sajidul Islam 9. Sohag Gazi, 10. Rubel Hossain, 11. Robiul Islam,

  • TigersCanKill on April 5, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    So much frustrated to see Shahadat and Rubel in the squad. That will be 9 players for BD vs. 13 players for Zimbabwe since Shahadat and Rubel will be benefiting Zimbabwe not BD. We already had 9 players for BD vs. 15 players for Sri Lanka (11 core players from Sri Lanka team + Shahadat + Rubel + 2 Empires) in the last T20 match in Sri Lanka. Selectors, aren't we suppose to learn from our mistakes?

  • on April 5, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    I never like the way Mahmudullah plays in tests. I hope Marshall gets a chance in the series against New Zealand. Bangladesh need a solid batsman.

    Shahriyar, Jahurul, Ash, Mominul, Mushfiqur, Shakib, Nasir, Enamul, Shohag, Shajidul, Rabiul / shahadat. (wish list)

    Mahmudullah in the team means Ashraful will open instead of Jahurul or Nafees as Mominul should get a place in team for his solid start. In the first test, Shakib will not bowl, so Mahmudullah will find it easy to get into the team.

  • on April 5, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    in my side i like to say instead of giving chance those players who forget to perform. better to play some new faces in pace department . for first test nafish , jahurul , ash , shakib , nashir , mahmud , mushi, enamul , suhag, sajidul / rabiul , rubel could be best selection . shadat could be get chance if other 3 pacers are faild to perform . i think sahadat are one of most lucky player who getting chance again and again.

  • on April 5, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    sahadat hossain Mr Test Specialist !!!

  • Sachit1979 on April 5, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    I think Bangladesh still going with a mindset of playing 3 spinners in their playing 11 as they have Shakib, Sohag, Enamul and Mahmudullah in their squad. Batting line up look decent and ably lead by Mushfiqur the keeper batsman. But their real problem lies in fast bowling department. Rubel and Shahadat look promising on card but yet to make impact in international Cricket even after numerous opportunities given. Robiul also still needs to prove his point and Sajidul returning after 5 years so nothing much can't be commented about him. Instead of trying erring seamers again and again, why don't BCB selectors give chance to Talha Jubair, Kazi Kamrul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi or any other promising fast bowler. Tapash Baishya used to their most consistent fast bowler few years back. He could have been given a chance again too.

  • borhans on April 5, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Our selectors are too defensive ..with this type of selectors we can't hope anything new ..If we have to stick with sahadat even against Zimbabwe & not taking the risk of having a new pace bowler then have to say this type of backward thingking defensive selector won't take BD too far ..Remeber these selector include sahadat in T20!!! i thought to be a selector you have to understand cricket but it seems our selectors showing how not to go for simple basics selction stuff in cricket but rather go for all the suicidal way to destroy your own game

  • on April 5, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Selectors must rule out shahadat from the team. As long as he is in the team, team will suffer

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 5, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Why is Jahrul in the team and not Marshall Ayub? I feel sorry for Marshall because i expected him to get a game this tour... also in galle test if Marshall played he would have scored a century...!

  • Warm_Coffee on April 5, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Tamim, Shahriar, Ash, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Riyad, Gazi, Enamul, Rubel and Sajidul. Zimbabwe can't play on fast or slow pitch as long as our team are very focused then we should beat them comfortably. They struggled on a bouncy pitch in West Indies against a bowler like Deonarine no hope.

  • TheRisingTeam on April 5, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Shahadat a test 'specialist' seriously? his record says otherwise and if he is a test 'specialist' then why did the selectors pick him for ODIs and T20s in the last year or so???

  • SarfBD on April 5, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Best wishes to Bangladesh and hope Sajidul can live up to the expectation.It's time for Mahmudullah to score some runs. Young guns like Mominul, Marshal are threatening his place. Enamul Jr. should get a chance in the first Test as Shakib will be playing only as a batsman. @Edd Oliver, yeap. he couldn't recover in time...

  • simbah89 on April 5, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    all bangladesh fans, be warned , because a fast pitch is being made in zimbabwe and with your toothless shahadat spearing your pace attack, the zimbabweans are confident of tearing your attack apart just like in 2011 when we beat bangladesh after 5 years without test cricket

  • The_Ashes on April 5, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Batting is fine its the bowlers which is a real worry. To win a test match you need to take 20 wickets but we don't even have bowlers that can take half of those. There are much better fast bowlers in Bangladesh than Shahadat Hossain like Farhad Reza, Shafiul, Babu etc Robiul sweats so easily after bowling his first 3-4 overs showing his lack of fitness. Sad to say this but countries like Afghanistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe maybe even the Netherlands have much better fast bowlers than us.

  • ExtremeSpeed on April 5, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    This is Shahadat Hossain test record very impressive ;) - Matches 35, Wickets 70 lol, Average 51.90 lol, economy 4.20 lol, strike rate 74.0 wow!!

  • ExtremeSpeed on April 5, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    The squad is okay apart from Shahadat. My XI - Tamim, Shahriar, Ashraful, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Enamul, Rubel and Robiul/Sajidul.

  • on April 5, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    i think the selectors have forgotten the names of some good pace bowling options like MUKTAR ALI , ALAUDDIN BABU , FARHAD REZA ,SYED RASEL

  • on April 5, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Is Nazmul Hossain still injured? Much better bowler than Shahadat so stupid to leave him out unless he is carrying an injury. Tamim, Shahriar, Ashraful, Mushfiqur*+, Shakib, Mahmudullah, Nasir, Sohag, Rubel, Robiul, Enamul. Would be great to see Mashrafe playing tests again, swap him and Nazmul for Rubel and Robiul and Bangladesh will have a very competitive side for all formats and all conditions. Expect them to clean sweep a Zimbabwe side that is in a mess at the moment.

  • mij374 on April 5, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    I think selectors doesn't care if Bangladesh win or loss, otherwise they would not include Shahadat Hossain,

    Abul and shahdat both are same.

  • CricketBirbal on April 5, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Rafelgibt@ Ofcourse you have been given a break, that's why you are not in the team and Shahaadat is. He has earned it a long back (God knows how). I wish Tapash Baisya was there too.

  • Rafelgibt on April 5, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    What???Shahdat is in the team again???I must have been going through nightmares!!!!Come on.....Give me a break...What is wrong with the selectors???If we dont have any better pacers than Shahdat then certainly we shall go for the spinners but we cant give another chance to Shahdat....I guess thats as simple as that....Otherwise the whole team is quite balanced to do well in ZIM....All the best to Team Bangladesh except Shahdat(You must have to earn that)...

  • on April 5, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    why sahadat ??? farhad reza is much bettar then sahadat and where is sayed rasel ????

  • British_North_America on April 5, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Shahadat has an ODI hat-trick against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe.

  • CricketBirbal on April 5, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    All ye Shahaadat Bashers , Beware: You are awakening a sleeping TIGER. Wait till he takes a TENNER in Harare. Atleast he grunts faster and louder than he bowls. Ultimately the idea is to create a sense of fear in the batsmen which he is doing anyway by grunting. For example:Maria Sharapova.

  • on April 5, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    sahadat ...r u kidding...the worst bowler bd have evr produced ..its better to play with 10 men thn including sahadat...plz we don't want to see sahadat anymore..

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Are there are no better options than Shahadat in Bangladesh right now? Seriously, selectors? And good to see Shahriar Nafees back in the team. He looks to have found his touch in BPL, and if he can be the player he was in 2006, Zimbabwe might find it very difficult to beat Bangladesh. Still I think Bangladesh should improve and overcome the weaknesses of Sri Lanka tour and play some consistent cricket just like they did against SL. Then Insha Allah we will e winning all the series, if not all the games.

  • CricCrazySayee on April 5, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Why Shahadat Hossain again apart from him it seems very good team selection, leave the one day aside test matches going to be very important unfortunately both test going to be held at Harare most bouncy pitches of all in Zimbabwe. So there might be a discussion to pick three fast bowlers Ziaur Rahman would have been real handy as a third seamer cause he can bat imagine him coming at number 8 after Nasir Hossain. We should groom players like Ziaur Rahman and Nasir Hossain, seen them both bowling exceptionally well in last SL tour as medium pacer with good line and length. So in future when we get the opportunity to play Test or ODI in country like AUS, NZ, SA, ENG at any of their bouncy pitches we won't have to play all spin attack. Anyway BD selectors won't be reading my comment so Good Luck to team Tiger make us real proud.

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Where is abul? replace shahadat with abul...

  • Dashgar on April 5, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Shariah Nafees and Shahadat Hossain? Where's Anamul Haq and any number of other fast bowlers. These guys might do ok vs Zimbabwe but they have been consistently poor against the top 8 and shouldn't be there.

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    recall of Nafees is a good decision for Bangladesh...... best of luck tigers

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    perfect 11 tamim ,jahurul , ashraful , riyad , sakib ,musfiq , nasir , mominul , gazi ,shaddat , rubel

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Zim are in for a hard time. Lets see what Mangongo and the boys can get. I will be happy if we draw both tests A series win will be a bonus

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    As Far as I remember Mashrafe was supposed to be in the 15 man squad.

  • sonu77 on April 5, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    OMG !! Shahadat Hossain again??? better playing with 5 spinners than this ordinary pace attack.

  • cricanalyserbd on April 5, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    why shahadat is there? poor selection. BCB didn't learn anything from SL tour.

  • on April 5, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    The side looks very solid. but Shahadat doesn't deserve a chance here. A think Nafees should be in limited over cricket, not in the longer version.

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  • on April 5, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    The side looks very solid. but Shahadat doesn't deserve a chance here. A think Nafees should be in limited over cricket, not in the longer version.

  • cricanalyserbd on April 5, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    why shahadat is there? poor selection. BCB didn't learn anything from SL tour.

  • sonu77 on April 5, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    OMG !! Shahadat Hossain again??? better playing with 5 spinners than this ordinary pace attack.

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    As Far as I remember Mashrafe was supposed to be in the 15 man squad.

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Zim are in for a hard time. Lets see what Mangongo and the boys can get. I will be happy if we draw both tests A series win will be a bonus

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    perfect 11 tamim ,jahurul , ashraful , riyad , sakib ,musfiq , nasir , mominul , gazi ,shaddat , rubel

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    recall of Nafees is a good decision for Bangladesh...... best of luck tigers

  • Dashgar on April 5, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Shariah Nafees and Shahadat Hossain? Where's Anamul Haq and any number of other fast bowlers. These guys might do ok vs Zimbabwe but they have been consistently poor against the top 8 and shouldn't be there.

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Where is abul? replace shahadat with abul...

  • CricCrazySayee on April 5, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Why Shahadat Hossain again apart from him it seems very good team selection, leave the one day aside test matches going to be very important unfortunately both test going to be held at Harare most bouncy pitches of all in Zimbabwe. So there might be a discussion to pick three fast bowlers Ziaur Rahman would have been real handy as a third seamer cause he can bat imagine him coming at number 8 after Nasir Hossain. We should groom players like Ziaur Rahman and Nasir Hossain, seen them both bowling exceptionally well in last SL tour as medium pacer with good line and length. So in future when we get the opportunity to play Test or ODI in country like AUS, NZ, SA, ENG at any of their bouncy pitches we won't have to play all spin attack. Anyway BD selectors won't be reading my comment so Good Luck to team Tiger make us real proud.