Rubel may not get Test nod in near future
Bangladesh national team’s selectors are mulling the possibility of forming separate teams for all three different formats of the game, and they have already started implementing the idea in reality.
Former Bangladesh skipper and now a selector of the national team, Habibul Bashar Sumon informed the news on Friday (November 16), while replying to a query why Rubel Hossain is not getting a nod to enter the national squad even after being proper match fit.
Rubel has been a regular face in the Bangladesh national side. He was in the ODI squad against Zimbabwe but was not played a single match. Then he was overlooked for the Test side, though he was hundred percent fit. Even he has been made captain of the BCB XI side as well, that will take on West Indies in a two-day practice game.
“Rubel is fit to play. But, actually we are trying to separate some players for specific formats. Like we want to play some only in ODIs and T20Is, while some may be played only in Tests. We want to take off pressure from the players. The players are also positive about it. Maybe in future we will have different teams for different formats,” said Bashar.
Bashar also revealed that the selectors are not quite happy with Rubel’s performance in the longest format of the game, “Rubel definitely bowls brilliantly in the ODI and T20I format. But we are not satisfied with his Test performances. That’s why we are trying to bring up new talents like Khaled. I am not saying he (Rubel) will not play Test cricket ever again. He may play in the future, but not for the time being.”
The 28-year-old Rubel has played 26 Test matches so far, and took only 33 wickets with his average being more than 80. He also could take five-wicket haul only once, which shows he is not quite a perfect match for five-day cricket.