DHAKA: Bangladesh chiefs axed aggressive opening batsman Tamim Iqbal for the Asia Cup that starts in Dhaka on March 11.
Former captain Mashrafe Mortaza returned to the 14-man squad after steering Dhaka Gladiators to victory in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 competition. Tamim, widely regarded as Bangladesh’s number one batsman, was overlooked despite being declared fit from a groin injury he sustained during the BPL.
Chairman of selectors Akram Khan, however, said that Tamim’s name was not approved by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Mustafa Kamal. “It’s the president’s decision,” said Khan. “He selected the final squad, not us.”
The return of Mortaza, a right-arm fast-bowler who had been out of the national side for a year because of a recurring knee injury, will bolster the bowling attack of the hosts.
Opener Anamul Haque is the only uncapped player in the squad, while batsman Mohammad Nazimuddin, wicket-keeper batsman Jahurul Islam and seamer Shahadat Hossain earned recalls after good showings in domestic leagues.
Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Nazmul Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Anamul Haque.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 7th, 2012.