Bashar picks his best test playing XI
Bangladeshi selector and former Skipper Habibul Bashar Sumon has revealed his best test playing Squad. The former skipper, who has played 50 tests for Bangladesh has sorted the playing XI, with the players he played with.
Bashar has picked current skipper Tamim Iqbal Khan and Javed Omar for the opening slot. The skipper thinks that Tamim’s relentless 13 year’s performance shows why he is one of the best. He also said that Tamim is that kind of player who is capable of playing any kind of delivery at any moment.
On the other hand, The skipper who has led Bangladesh for 3 years has picked Javed Omar over Mehrab Hossain and Shahriar Hossain.
” Mehrab Hossain and Shahriar Hossain were my other choices for Tamim’s opening partner, but they couldn’t hold their places in international cricket. Omar played 40 Tests. He knew how to blunt the new ball, grit his teeth and stay in the middle. There were others who came and went. Nafees Iqbal was one of the best batsmen of my time. He had good technique. Shahriar Nafees was a good player too. But Javed made runs during our periods of struggle. We always needed him to hold up an end.” Bashar reasoned.
For number three position, Bashar went up to Al Shahriar. Bashar thinks Shahriar could not give that much due to the impatience of the selectors.
For Number Four position he did a surprise picking over Aminul Islam and former Skipper Mohammad Ashraful. He picked Mushfiqur Rahim over these duo. Mushfiqur Rahim was also picked as a Wicketkeeper for the XI.
With no surprise, Bashar has picked one of the best all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan. Bashar Revealed that, Shakib was a part timer at the beginning but after a few years he has emerged as a regular face. He also advised Shakib to focus on batting a little bit more, for some more tons.
Bashar picked Aminul Islam Bulbul, who scored 145 runs in the very first test match of Bangladesh, for number 6 position. He also scored a half centurie in the first ever visit in Zimbabwe.
For number seven, he has picked Aftab Ahmed. He also mentioned about the premature departure of Aftab from cricket.
” Another wasted talent who should have had a longer career. When we played, he was one of the few players the opposition would mention. He made 82 against a fearsome England bowling attack in Durham in 2005. He had the ability to bat at No. 6 or 7 in a Test and was good against both pace and spin.”
For the bowling department Bashar has picked spin Wizard Mohammad Rafique. He has picked Mashrafee Bin Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain and Taposh Boissya for the pace attack.