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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  • dummy4fb 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?

  • dummy4fb on April 8, 2013, 7:27 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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..

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb on April 6, 2013, 13:11 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb on April 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT

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

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