Rubel snub for the ‘best interest of the team’

Bangladesh national team’s head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has defended the team management’s decision to overlook fast bowler Rubel Hossain for together Test against the Black Cap’s, saying it was a decision taken in the “best interest of the team”.


However, when further queried for any specific reason behind that, the Sri Lankan national declined to give any. Still Hathurusingha made it also sure that the Bagerhat Express, who took seven wickets in the three-match Twenty20 series earlier this month, had little chance to play in the series-concluding Test.

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“I don’t need to give any logic to you [for excluding Rubel]. I do what I feel would be best for the team,” said Hathurusinghe.

It is understood from the 27-year-old’s Test numbers why he can’t win the vote of confidence from the team’s coach. He has bagged 32 wickets from 23 Tests at a very poor average and strike rate.

Still, Kiwi batsman Henry Nicholls was surprised at the exclusion of Rubel from the first Test. “Rubel bowled at good pace and with good rhythm in the T20s. It is surprising that he was left out. Maybe he will play here…”

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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