Selectors face unprecedented dilemma over picking a squad

Selectors face unprecedented dilemma over picking a squad

 

As the two-match Test series against Australia is now just less than two weeks away, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is expected to announce the Bangladesh squad for the first match soon. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মধুর সমস্যায় নির্বাচকরা]

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While finding a 14-man squad might not be that difficult, selectors said that it would be tough for them to give the team management an advice over potential line-up for the first Test at Mirpur, scheduled to start on August 27.

“Who would we drop? Everybody has performed reasonably in the recent Test matches. Even Mosaddek Hossain [the newest member of the Test squad] scored 75 runs in an innings in the last match. So it was not going to be an easy decision,” said national team’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu on Tuesday (August 15).

The dilemma for the selectors starts right from the beginning of Bangladesh squad. While Tamim Iqbal is the automatic choice for the opening slot, the fight for another opening slot is now limited to Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar, who both have their own reasons to feel optimistic.

Mominul Haque didn’t play Bangladesh’s last Test match, the historic 100th one, against Sri Lanka in March. Mahmudullah Riyad also missed the match. But this time around, it would be very difficult for the team management to overlook them.

Whether or not Liton Das will be in the eleven is another question that needs to be answered. Mushfiqur Rahim did an excellent job both as wicketkeeper and batsman in the final Test in Colombo, where Bangladesh won by four wickets to level the two-Test series. If Mushfiq retains his dual role it will be difficult for Liton Das to find a place unless the selectors and team-management decide to drop Sabbir Rahman or Mosaddek Hossain, which is highly unlikely.

Meanwhile, even if Bangladesh go with just one pacer against the Aussies, it is highly unlikely that it would be someone else other than Mustafizur Rahman to grab the spot, as the paceman is now completely fit for playing. The likes of Taskin Ahmed, Shahfiul Islam, Rubel Hossain and Subashis Roy also have their chances, but not as much as the Fizz does.

 

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com