Published: May 4, 2009
Bangladesh today selected two uncapped top-order batsmen and recalled three bowlers for the World Twenty20 championships in England next month.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Rafiqul Alam said Shamsur Rahman, 20, and Mohammad Mithun, 18, had been rewarded for their good batting form in domestic cricket.
“Shamsur has been batting tremendously in recent years,” said Alam. “He can bat at number three which has been a weak link in our batting. He is also a brilliant fielder.
“Mithun also scored heavily in the leagues. He is a hard-hitting batsman and can also double up as wicketkeeper,” he said.
The selectors recalled experienced left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who was reported for a suspect bowling action in November and suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Razzak, 26, reworked his action and was cleared to play international cricket in March.
“Razzak is our top spinner and has got a lot of wickets. He is an obvious choice in the team,” said Alam of the bowler, who has 111 wickets in 81 one-day internationals and seven wickets in five Tests.
Seamers Shahdat Hossain and Syed Rasel were also recalled, while frontline batsman Mohammad Ashraful was retained as captain.
Bangladesh are drawn with Ireland and India in the preliminary round of next month’s event which will be played in London and Nottingham from June 5-21.
Mohammad Ashraful (capt), Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman and Mohammad Mithun.
Coach: Jamie Siddons (AUS)