Sabbir Rahman gets ODI recall as Bangladesh announce squads for New Zealand tour

Sport360 staff 24/01/2019
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Sabbir Rahman finds a place in the ODI squad.

Batsman Sabbir Rahman was handed an international recall as Bangladesh named their ODI and Test squads for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

The middle-order batman was handed a six-month ban by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in September last year but it was brought to a premature end to make way for his return to the ODI setup.

Along with Sabbir, pacer Taskin Ahmed too was handed a recall in the ODI squad for the first time since 2017 while also being given a berth in the Test outfit.

Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin stressed ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza’s role in Sabbir’s recall as he announced the touring squads on Wednesday.

“We were informed by the disciplinary committee that he (Sabbir) is available and after we got the clearance we included him in the squad. He is available from January 31 as the committee has reduced his ban by one month,” Abedin was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

“Let me make clear one thing about Sabbir. He was included due to strong insistence of the captain (Mortaza). He firmly requested us to include him, and we have agreed with the captain.

“The team wants someone in the squad who can bat lower in the order with the ability to handle the pacers well. We have included him keeping the New Zealand tour and the World Cup in mind. Let us see what he can do. The captain of the team and we are also confident about him.”

Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand will begin with a three-match ODI series which will be followed by three Tests. The first ODI between the two sides takes place at Napier on February 13.

BANGLADESH ODI SQUAD

Mashrafe Mortaza (Capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nayeem Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Sabbir Rahman.

BANGLADESH TEST SQUAD

Shakib Al Hasan (Capt), Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahim, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Naeem Hasan, Shadman Islam, Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed.

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James Anderson picked up four wickets on the opening day.

On a day where West Indies started well, England bounced back strongly to take the initiative in the opening Test between the two sides at Bridgetown.

Led by a superb spell by veteran pacer James Anderson with the second new ball, England reduced the hots to 264-8 in their first innings by stumps on day one.

Windies skipper Jason Holder won the toss at Bridgetown and elected to bat first against an England side who opted to field two spinners in their playing XI while Stuart Broad missed out.

Openers Kraigg Braithwaite (40) and debutant John Campbell (44) started well for the hosts but missed out on their half-centuries before Darren Bravo fell for just two on his Test return.

Wicketkeeper Shai Hope (57) and Roston Chase (54) were then forging a promising partnership before it was curtailed by Anderson who had the former caught behind.

Shai Hope struck a fine half-century.

Shai Hope struck a fine half-century.

Chase and Shimron Hetmyer then chipped away for the hosts but Anderson produced a sensational spell with the new ball late in the day to give England the upper hand.

The pacer removed Chase, Shane Dowrich and Holder in quick succession to bring up 200 Test dismissals outside England and Wales.

All-rounder Ben Stokes struck with the second new ball as well by dismissing Kemar Roach for a duck to take his wicket tally to three.

The hosts were left ruing a failure of their batsmen to convert their starts into a big score as Anderson showed why he is still going strong at the age of 36 with another trademark display of swing and control.

BRIEF SCORES

West Indies first innings: 264-8 (89.2 overs)

Shai Hope – 57 (148)

Shimron Hetmyer – 56 not out

James Anderson – 4/33 (24 overs)

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New Zealand were chastened as India claimed a routine eight-wicket win in the first one-day international at Napier, where the glare from the sun briefly led to a break in play.

The Kiwis were all out for 157 in 38 overs after deciding to bat first at McLean Park with only captain Kane Williamson regularly defying India’s bowlers as he contributed 64 from 81 balls.

A below-par total never seemed likely to trouble India and so it proved as Shikhar Dhawan (75 not out) and Virat Kohli (45) put on a 91-run partnership that broke the back of the chase as the tourists drew first blood in the five-match series.

Their stand was held up for half an hour, shortly after Doug Bracewell had Rohit Sharma caught at slip for 11, because the sun at one end was getting in the batsmen’s eyes, leading to the umpires bringing the players off.

The unexpected delay led to an over being lost as India’s target dropped by two to 156 but it hardly mattered as Dhawan, dropped on 31 just after the resumption, got them over the line with 85 balls to spare.

New Zealand’s hopes of setting a more daunting target were dealt a blow by Mohammed Shami’s impressive opening burst of 4-2-13-2, in which he bowled big-hitting openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro.

Williamson was an obdurate figure but wickets fell at regular intervals, with Yuzvendra Chahal taking return catches off both Ross Taylor and Tom Latham before Shami (three for 19) returned to pin Mitch Santner lbw.

Chahal’s fellow wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav (four for 39) then took centre stage, with Williamson holing out to the left-armer, who then cleaned up the tail.

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