Bangladesh Preliminary Squad analysis: Spinners
Bangladesh’s strength, traditionally has been spinners and it is no different his time. Though the World Cup is being held in Australia-New Zealand, where pacers are the ones dominating, spinners might still play a vital role, especially in checking the runs. The following specialist spinners are in the 30 man preliminery squad:
Elias Sunny, Arafat Sunny, Taijul Islam, Abdur Razzak, Jubair Hossain
Elias Sunny: He burst onto the international scene with a Test five-for on debut in 2011. He hasn’t been able to keep up the same level of performance since then. The last ODI he played was in 2012, so it seems unlikely that he will make it to the final squad, especially with so many spinners doing well for the team now.
Arafat Sunny: His stats are certainly impressive, especially in limited overs cricket. He took 10 wickets in 3 games before he was rested for the last two games in Zimbabwe. With 16 wickets in 8 ODI matches, with an economy of 4.14, it will be surprising if Arafat is left out of the final 15. In Australian pitches where a lot of bounce is expected, his arm balls can be a potent weapon, and his ability to bowl wicket to wicket makes it tough to get him away.
Taijul Islam: He has played one ODI (the 5th one vs Zimbabwe), picked up a hat-trick and still he might not be getting a place in the final 15. This is because Zimbabwe batsmen often struggle against left arm spinners and that might not be the case when he plays against much tougher opponent in conditions that are not conducive to spinners as they are at home. However, he has shown his wicket taking abilities and is not afraid to flight the ball. If the selectors plan to take two specialist spinners to Australia he certainly can be one of them.
Abdur Razzak: One of Bangladesh’s most experienced players and the top wicket taker for Bangladesh in ODI’s, Razzak has been in dreadful form of late. He has taken just 3 wickets in 6 matches this year, with an economy of over 6. His line and length has not been right in these games, and he might not get a chance in the squad unless selectors favour experience over form.
Jubair Hossain: The young leg spinner from Jamalpur has made quite an impression in the Tests and ODI’s against Zimbabwe. He adds variety to Bangladesh’s bowling attack, and possesses the ability to bowl the googly. However his tendency to leak runs might be costly at the world cup, as he needs to improve control in his bowling. If the selectors are keen to add variety in the bowling, he might be in the final 15, though it might be a lot of pressure to play in the world cup for the 19 year old.