6 Oct 2008

Cricket squad named for Bangladesh opener

4:49 pm on 6 October 2008

The Bangladesh cricket selectors have included 12 of the 24 probables for the New Zealand series in the Bangladesh Cricket Board Eleven squad to play the tourists in a practice one-day game tomorrow.

The match will now be held at the Narayanganj Osmani Stadium in Fatullah because the original venue, the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Prothisthan, is waterlogged.

The team will be led by Rajin Saleh, who has not played an ODI for Bangladesh in over two years.

Junaid Siddique, who opened the batting for Bangladesh in the recent ODIs against Australia, has been included. Siddique' poor ODI record - he averages 7.75 in eight games - and the exit of Shahriar Nafees to the ICL means Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rahman, the two openers for the Academy side on the recent tour to Sri Lanka, could stake a claim for a spot in the national side.

Tushar Imran and Nafees Iqbal, elder brother of current international Tamim, also have an opportunity to make their return to a middle order weakened by the exit of Aftab Ahmed and Alok Kapali.

Left-arm medium-pacer Syed Rasel, Nazmul Hossain and Dolar Mahmud form the pace attack, with Enamul Haque jnr as the specialist spinner. Saghir Hossain will be the team's wicketkeeper. Bangladesh will announce their team for ODI series a day before the tour game.

The match is New Zealand's sole practice game before the three-ODI series, which begins on Thursday.