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Miraz
January 16, 2010, 09:39 AM
Bangladesh has opted for 3 pacers and 2 spinners for the first Test. Shahriar Nafees is making his international return to bolstrer the batting line up. He will bat at no 3 position.

bangladesh XI

1. Tamim Iqbal
2. Imrul Kayes
3. Shahriar Nafees
4. Mohammad Ashraful
5. Roqibul Hasan
6. Shakib Al Hasan
7. Mushfiqur Rahim
8. Mahmudullah
9. Shahadat Hossain
10. Rubel Hossain
11. Shafiul Islam

BD-Shardul
January 16, 2010, 09:44 AM
Good team. Finally we have realized that one extra batsman would not do any good if the the other six can't. And I believe our Tigers are up for the battle and hope Shak wins the toss.

Tiger Manc
January 16, 2010, 09:45 AM
Wow! OMG that's exactly the line up I wanted. Finally I don't have any complaints with this.

$hamrat
January 16, 2010, 09:45 AM
really strong batting lineup. =D 3 openers is a real gud idea, but r 2 spinners really enuf?

Shehwar
January 16, 2010, 09:45 AM
Thats a solid batting line up. I dunno whats the thought behind 3 pacers but I hope it pays off. Really hope Shakib can manage the workload and not overbowl himself....

Rifat
January 16, 2010, 09:50 AM
excellent choice :) i am just hoping Shafiul has a good Debut, Shahadat lives up to his true form and Rubel Hossain can trouble the Indian batsmen.

no complaints from me...let's see how how the exclusion of Enammul Haque jr. plays out...

Nadim
January 16, 2010, 09:52 AM
Great:D

Finally we are playing 3 seamer in a match!!!

tonoy
January 16, 2010, 09:54 AM
I'm actually quite excited to see SN back after such long time. Hopefully, he will perform well to keep his spot in the test XI.

Omio
January 16, 2010, 09:54 AM
This is the team I already mentioned in other thread. I am happy with the team.
Best of luck for tiger.

_Rafi_
January 16, 2010, 10:03 AM
Robin would be better choice than one of Shahadat or Shafiul or Rubel. They all are same type of bowler who rely mostly pace and hit the deck hard. Robin inclusion would give the team more variation as he is a genuine swinger of call.
Btw it is good to see they picked 8 batsmen. Our no.8 batsman is Riad, the most solid batsman of bd in last tri-series.wow

PoorFan
January 16, 2010, 10:05 AM
Best team one could pick, now only need to win the toss. Lets the party begin.

beshideshi
January 16, 2010, 10:05 AM
This is probably our strongest test team at this moment. If any Bangladeshi team can challenge India, this has to be it :)
[expecting HUGE stuff from shahadat and Ashraful]

magic boy
January 16, 2010, 10:07 AM
glad to see Shahriar Nafees is back !!!http://farm1.static.flickr.com/180/419950875_c3df607479.jpg

Equinox
January 16, 2010, 10:10 AM
I would replace Rubel with Robin.

Tigers_eye
January 16, 2010, 10:11 AM
We needed three pacers in Mirpur not in Chittagong. May be Indian's are the best players of the spinners and that would be playing right in to their hands but this wicket do need Enam Jr.

Hopefully Shahadat will be better than DPL. I am afraid.

Nafi
January 16, 2010, 10:14 AM
Perfect, SN is back playing at 3 down. Three pacers: Shahadat, Rubel and Rob..errr Shafiul
!!?!!?
Wtf!!!:timeout:

i DONT KNOW WHETHER to be angry or embarrassed that Robin isnt playing
:-| :-/ :o :onethephone: :( :doh: :-X :rolleyes: :blush: :wow: :eek: :sigh: :sick: :mad: :hairpull: :-P





http://www.non-refundable.com/yh/sisko_facepalm.gif

:waiting:I better see some reverse swing from all three pace bowlers

Tigers_eye
January 16, 2010, 10:15 AM
A lot is depending on Sharapova.

Neel Here
January 16, 2010, 10:19 AM
so what's the story with mash ?

nycpro96
January 16, 2010, 10:22 AM
My lineup. Hope Rajib can lead with integrity, as the experienced pacer.

M.H.Rubel
January 16, 2010, 10:26 AM
Probably there are lot of grass on the truck so 3 pacers are playing.Its not a bad idea to make a grassy wicket.Very strong batting line up but i am afraid with the bowling i have little fait about this pace bowlers lets hope they will utilize the situation well.
And it will be a green track.
BTW if Riyad fail to support Shakib in that case definately we will feel deficiency of a spinner.
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simon
January 16, 2010, 10:27 AM
Actually during the time SN made his debut & played some good innings,i wasn't involved with crckt.
Since WC07 i started following.And tht's when SN started playing bad crckt & joined ICL.
So may be that's the reason why I don't undrstnd why so many of you are yelling about him.
Let's see how he does.

PoorFan
January 16, 2010, 10:35 AM
BTW if Riyad fail to support Shakib in that case definately we will feel deficiency of a spinner.

Right you are, hope he can do half of his WI job.

cricket_dorshok
January 16, 2010, 10:35 AM
this is the best team one can pick.
Good luck Tigers.

BD-Shardul
January 16, 2010, 10:40 AM
so what's the story with mash ?

BCB is again sending him to Aus so that he can see his doctor. If his doctor gives the green light, he will play a match for Khulna in the NCL and if everything goes well, will lead Bangladesh against New Zealand.

AsifTheManRahman
January 16, 2010, 10:56 AM
Good to see three pacers - they've done the right thing.

But here's the other thing: I don't think Shafiul or even Rubel is ready for Test cricket yet, but there's obviously no use going there.

Tiger Manc
January 16, 2010, 10:59 AM
BCB is again sending him to Aus so that he can see his doctor. If his doctor gives the green light, he will play a match for Khulna in the NCL and if everything goes well, will lead Bangladesh against New Zealand.

Good to hear! Hope everything goes well for him!

WarWolf
January 16, 2010, 11:04 AM
I just love the team. Finally the management understood the importance of 3 seamers.

Another reason which played a big role behind the decision is the weather. A big cold wave is still passing through the country. Today most of the time sun was unavailable due to fog and cloud. If the condition continues to persist, it will be an ideal seaming condition.

shajib14
January 16, 2010, 11:06 AM
I agree with few others that Robin could have been a better option because all the three pacers are similar, hit the deck hard and generate pace. A genuine swing bowler could have brought some variation in the pace attack. Apart from that good selection.

Tiger Manc
January 16, 2010, 11:07 AM
Robin would be better choice than one of Shahadat or Shafiul or Rubel. They all are same type of bowler who rely mostly pace and hit the deck hard. Robin inclusion would give the team more variation as he is a genuine swinger of call.
Btw it is good to see they picked 8 batsmen. Our no.8 batsman is Riad, the most solid batsman of bd in last tri-series.wow

you made a valid point there

Beamer
January 16, 2010, 11:11 AM
Pretty bold team. Three pacers in BD? That's new! I suspect the pitch might favor the pacers more, unless off course they mow it down overnight, and in that case, Enam will come in. If we go with three pacers, I would ask Ash to get prepared to bowl a lot more. He can be a handy leg spinner if he puts his mind to it.

BANFAN
January 16, 2010, 11:20 AM
Batting wise it's a Good team, but don't know if three specialist pacer & No specialist spinner is a good choice. However not bad. If Mullah /shakib anyone is flop, we don't have any alternative at all.

cricket_pagol
January 16, 2010, 11:25 AM
I am happy with the inclusion of three pacers... with enamul's recent track record in test matches/domestic circuit, he would not have made a difference against India. It's time for our pacers to take some leadership for our bowling.

Nafi
January 16, 2010, 11:26 AM
Shakib counts as a specialist spinner, he is better than Harbajhan/Mishra/Ojha

bd fan
January 16, 2010, 11:38 AM
Is one specialist spinner (shakib) and one part time spinner (Mahmudullah) really enough?!
I thought spin was our strength :-/

Imtiazk
January 16, 2010, 11:41 AM
Bangladesh has opted for 3 pacers and 2 spinners for the first Test.

9. Shahadat Hossain
10. Rubel Hossain
11. Shafiul Islam

Is this one, two or three too many ? A late Christmas present to India ?

Imtiazk
January 16, 2010, 11:44 AM
Currently, Bangladesh's best batsman is coming in at No.8 !

WarWolf
January 16, 2010, 11:48 AM
Is one specialist spinner (shakib) and one part time spinner (Mahmudullah) really enough?!
I thought spin was our strength :-/

Ash will be a good part time support to them.

Nafi
January 16, 2010, 11:48 AM
Is one specialist spinner (shakib) and one part time spinner (Mahmudullah) really enough?!
I thought spin was our strength :-/

How many experienced decent test spinners do we have:

Shakib, thats it

How many experienced decent test pacers do we have

Mashrafe - (out injured)
Shahadat (when he was good)

I refuse to believe Shafiul will come in, instead of Robin.

Robin is the only genuine swinger of the ball IN THE WHOLE OF BANGLADESH

Beamer
January 16, 2010, 11:52 AM
Currently, Bangladesh's best batsman is coming in at No.8 !

Ha ha..true. But, I have a feeling that he will have a big role to play with his bat. Maybe, he can come in as a nightwatchman in one of these games, and show everybody that belongs in the middle order.

Nafi
January 16, 2010, 11:55 AM
Riyad needs more Not outs, to improve his test average :D

Hence why he shouldn't complain

Neel Here
January 16, 2010, 12:05 PM
BCB is again sending him to Aus so that he can see his doctor. If his doctor gives the green light, he will play a match for Khulna in the NCL and if everything goes well, will lead Bangladesh against New Zealand.

too bad. I was hoping to see him play against Ind. during the tri-series people were saying he will play in the tests.

chol_bd123
January 16, 2010, 12:11 PM
I want to see some incutters in the beginning to get the openers out early on.
I don't think that 1 specialist spinner is enough for the match. SO Sakib will probably have Ash bowl 5-10 overs.

And about SN. I didnt want him in the team or the squad. Everyone else on BC was praising him he is better then Imrul and Zunaid. SO you guys better be right. I want to see him score at least a 50.

Tendulkar_Mcgrath
January 16, 2010, 12:31 PM
I want to see some incutters in the beginning to get the openers out early on.
I don't think that 1 specialist spinner is enough for the match. SO Sakib will probably have Ash bowl 5-10 overs.
And about SN. I didnt want him in the team or the squad. Everyone else on BC was praising him he is better then Imrul and Zunaid. SO you guys better be right. I want to see him score at least a 50.


I also prefer Ashraful to bowl few overs. Because its not about runs. Its about wickets. You never know ashrafuls non-special legbreak might let 1/2 wickets to fall..

_Rafi_
January 16, 2010, 12:34 PM
SN lacks match practice for longer version. he didnt play any 1st class match for a year or more. Now les see how he adopt in test despite the lackings

Dhruvo
January 16, 2010, 12:39 PM
I'm content with the selection, not much to complain about. Although it would have been nice to see robin in place of shafiul. But I think playing shafiul and rubel in test matches from now on will be good for us in the long term, since there are no limitations in terms of overs for a bowler our young pacers can experiment with different deliveries, line and length freely.

Purbasha T
January 16, 2010, 12:56 PM
Only Robin intead of Rubel would've been my choice, rest are fine. But to be fair to Rubel, he is yet to play a test at home...so let's see what he can do at home.

Nafi
January 16, 2010, 12:58 PM
Hoping for Shafiul to gets five-for in the first match, then tears a hamstring and makes way for Robin who gets a 10 wicket haul

fais
January 16, 2010, 01:16 PM
lets kick some Indi A**

Rizvi
January 16, 2010, 01:23 PM
lol Nafi why such fascination with Robin? family member? I understand the few reverse swings he pruduced for "dot balls" but he never dominated by taking wickets....

I think it's a good move to get a solid evaluation by giving the new guns a full series....

Maximillian
January 16, 2010, 01:53 PM
Robyn with his "reverse" swings may unsettle the batsmen at times, when they were planning on taking him for granted. But that's really it. Where is Robyn going w/ the Test team...most people will agree...nowhere.

Instead, BCB probably knows how badly Masri is hurt, and want to rely on him as little as possible. They want a Masri II as fast as possible and want the 2 underlings to get as much exposure as possible. That is the good part. Its just that they ought to have arrnged some tutorship under a well known fast bowler from the past.

Remember, Masri's debut was made very conducive to success - that stint with Andy, and then debut against NZ under very seam friendly conditions.

So give the 2 young fast bowlers a chance...that's the best bet for BD....Robyn is just another of our oversupply of medium pace trundlers...with an occassional good ball...that many of you very diligently pull out from the CI commentary..for what purpose, I don't know.

dolcevita
January 16, 2010, 02:01 PM
Batting wise it's a Good team, but don't know if three specialist pacer & No specialist spinner is a good choice. However not bad. If Mullah /shakib anyone is flop, we don't have any alternative at all.

Ash can bowl

revolver
January 16, 2010, 02:04 PM
was shaiful a right choice??

dolcevita
January 16, 2010, 02:04 PM
Shakib has the key for bangladesh....if he could have a 5 for we will have have a good chance

Ajfar
January 16, 2010, 02:13 PM
I would have liked to see robin over rubel/shaiful. robin has some experience, it could come in handy. nice to see SN in for Big Z.

Eshen
January 16, 2010, 02:50 PM
No complain about the selection, but still find it idiotic that Siddons did not field SN for a single ODI. I guess he was thinking he would be able to sneak Zunaed back into the team and would not have to worry about SN during Test series.

bujhee kom
January 16, 2010, 02:50 PM
I read the thread title too quick....I thought Bangladesh, we declared before match started!!

BangladeshFan
January 16, 2010, 03:01 PM
The team is good, I was wrong about siddons not selecting any ICLers, finally he did.

Only one issue, would enam be a better choice than one of the pacers?

M.H.Rubel
January 16, 2010, 03:21 PM
was shaiful a right choice??

In the last test series we played i observed both Shahadat and Rubel.None of them looked impressive to me.IMO Shahadat Robin Rubel have almost the same Caliber and none of them are effective as Shafiuls ODI bowling was not bad in his last ODI so i dont mind to have some experiment with Shafiul.I hope he will do better.
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DJ Sahastra
January 16, 2010, 03:46 PM
Good selection. The team appears a bit weak on spin though. Wonder if BCB is laying out a green track.

Zunaid
January 16, 2010, 03:50 PM
Good selection. The team appears a bit weak on spin though. Wonder if BCB is laying out a green track.

They better be else the selection is flawed. But then given their past history, one never knows. Remeber the Shanto recall?

al Furqaan
January 16, 2010, 04:07 PM
Great:D

Finally we are playing 3 seamer in a match!!!

we did pick the three best available pacers...probably the fastest threesome in BD history (provided rajib bowls with the 140 k spunk during the last India tour), but the curator said it was gonna be a spinning track. i think we probably would have done better to play enam instead of shafiul.

anyways, best of luck, hope all three pacers cross 140 kmph and more importantly crack some helmets and abdo guards.

al Furqaan
January 16, 2010, 04:11 PM
Pretty bold team. Three pacers in BD? That's new! I suspect the pitch might favor the pacers more, unless off course they mow it down overnight, and in that case, Enam will come in. If we go with three pacers, I would ask Ash to get prepared to bowl a lot more. He can be a handy leg spinner if he puts his mind to it.

ash has been bowling finger spin lately, and his now listed as a LB/OB bowler by cricinfo (a la tendulkar). he should just switch it up in the hopes of going for some runs but hopefully taking wickets.

Beamer
January 16, 2010, 04:14 PM
Ash gets a huge amount of turn, whether he is bowling leg spinners or off breaks. I think he should pay more attention to his bowling. I think he comes handy in this test.

Rifat
January 16, 2010, 04:40 PM
Ash gets a huge amount of turn, whether he is bowling leg spinners or off breaks. I think he should pay more attention to his bowling. I think he comes handy in this test.

agree completely :)

perhaps this is why they did not use a specialist spinner..using part time MahmudUllah & Ashraful may get us wickets(but will definitely cost us runs...)

Imtiazk
January 16, 2010, 04:50 PM
Has there been an official announcement ? I have not read the team anywhere else !

revolver
January 16, 2010, 04:55 PM
In the last test series we played i observed both Shahadat and Rubel.None of them looked impressive to me.IMO Shahadat Robin Rubel have almost the same Caliber and none of them are effective as Shafiuls ODI bowling was not bad in his last ODI so i dont mind to have some experiment with Shafiul.I hope he will do better.
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i wish also

AsifTheManRahman
January 16, 2010, 05:04 PM
Ideally we'd go with three spinners AND three pacers, with some of the pacers having more experience than this lot. But then we don't live in an ideal world.

Nafi
January 16, 2010, 05:20 PM
http://www.cricinfo.com/bdeshvrsa/engine/match/323947.html?bowler=47353;innings=2;view=commentary

if we had this guy, Bangladesh would have a bowling attack with some venom. I wonder what ever happened, where the hell did he go.

Antora
January 16, 2010, 05:22 PM
Not a bad team but Shafiul? OMG!!! Why?????? UFFF !

Nafi
January 16, 2010, 05:28 PM
Not a bad team but Shafiul? OMG!!! Why?????? UFFF !

Tbh, I saw the NTV news, and they only said three pacers, they never said Shafiul is playing

My Guess tommoro its either

Rubel-Rajib-Robin (Triple R attack)

or

Mahbubul- Rajib- Shafiul (Mrs. attack)

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Neel Here
January 16, 2010, 05:29 PM
Not a bad team but Shafiul? OMG!!! Why?????? UFFF !

hey, he looks a promising bowler. don't write him off.

Nafi
January 16, 2010, 05:33 PM
To be completely honest, I don't really mind which three pacers are playing, because they are all playing for BANGLADESH :flag:, and if they perform and bag wickets, it will still make me proud.

Prize for the seam bowler who manages to get 7 wickets in this match, becomes my fav player

Dhakablues
January 16, 2010, 05:40 PM
After a long time, I am really in agreement with the selectors. Best possible team. We will get to see Shafiul/Rubel/Shahadat bowling... its exciting to see how these young players take the challenge. Personally, I dont think Mashrafee will be back anymore and we have to move on without him. And this is the right team combination against India. They will make these 3 pacers stronger and experienced as if you can bowl out the best batting team in the world, you can god-damn claim that you are a worthy bowler!!!

I am really excited to see Nafees back in the fold. He may be under pressure as this is his second innings for the national team but with his experience and talent, he should be able to do well compared to others if he does last the first 5 overs.

Ashraful also is going to be the key as his position in the team is now just as a batsman. Players like Tamim, Sakib, Riad, Naeem ( not in test) has taken the spotlight away from this once upon a time star cricketer... He needs to play to his potential and his recent metamorphosis indicates that he is really serious about changing his approach and he did despite all odds.

Sakib is officially the captain of Bangladesh team and he will continue to lead the team for a long time with his bowling and his batting. Lets see how he handles India.

All in all,, it will be an exciting series to watch,, is it going to be David vs. Goliath or rise of the Titans? I hope that the team answers the call of time and prove that our team has improved and not an 'ordinary' side anymore!!!

Antora
January 16, 2010, 05:50 PM
hey, he looks a promising bowler. don't write him off.

He has played 11 fist class matches. The doesn't deserve to play test as yet!!

Nafi
January 16, 2010, 06:02 PM
He has played 11 fist class matches. The doesn't deserve to play test as yet!!

ditto, actually the main reason why it will be a travesty if Robin doesnt play tommorrow. And the Newbie Shafi gets his premature debut.

How many fast bowling talents have we wasted, because we haven't persisted with them from the beginning. Showing promise, but dropping them after a few games. Picking newbies instead, who after poor performances get dropped as well.

Its happened to Sajidul, Dolar, Tareq Aziz, Talha Jubair,

If we keep going through this cycle, of throwing away the best seamers we have, then wtf are we left with nothing! Unless you want to keep bringing in newbies, who will never deliver.

You debut a fast bowler, when there two in form experienced pacers, not shahadat (yet to come back into form) or Rubel (another newbie that a lot pf people want to throw away)

One last time I'll, No shafiul, Robin is not slow, he bowl 80+ that is enough, Zaheer Khan bowls slower than that, and is relatively successful.

chol_bd123
January 16, 2010, 06:09 PM
80+ mph is enough in international cricket. SHahadat bowls around 83 and so does SHafiul.

Gowza
January 16, 2010, 06:17 PM
shafiul bowls 83mph+, i saw him get it up to 85/86 and that was just from a highlights package, his slowest ball from what i saw was 131/132 so he should have enough pace, definitely gets nice bounce and has nice lines when he gets it right so i'm excited to see hwat he can do.

Neel Here
January 17, 2010, 01:08 AM
He has played 11 fist class matches. The doesn't deserve to play test as yet!!
see what I said ? ;)
if you have watched the match, he has been the pick of the bowlers this morning, FAR ahead of the others.
with some luck he would have got both sehwag and gambhir.

playing first class cricket is a way to see if the player's good enough. he has already shown in the ODI series that he is. when you are missing all your main pacers it doesn't hurt to try a promising youngster rather than play the same old experienced good for nothing bowlers.

Originally Posted by Neel Here
hey, he looks a promising bowler. don't write him off.

Gowza
January 17, 2010, 01:15 AM
i really think it's time for management to put some time and effort into subashis, he's supposed to bowl with decent pace but also with good line and length and that's the type of bowler BD needs. pace with poor line and length just equals boundaries in internaitonal cricket. also what happened to sajidul? has he improved his line and length at all because he could be very useful (although you could say that about lots like rubel).

Nafi
January 17, 2010, 03:02 AM
also what happened to sajidul? has he improved his line and length at all because he could be very useful (although you could say that about lots like rubel).

Injured for sometime.

Eshen
January 17, 2010, 02:41 PM
Well, at this point, leaving out Enamul does not look like a smart choice. Was the team management misled by Belal again?!

godzilla
January 17, 2010, 03:23 PM
I am not sure what people actualy see's in rubel hossain but to me he looks like a very lame bowler with good speed! I am still wondering why not choose another spinner when they know thats our biggest strength! + no due to count for this time :S

Nafi
January 17, 2010, 03:49 PM
Well, at this point, leaving out Enamul does not look like a smart choice. Was the team management misled by Belal again?!

Look if Enamul was not successful for a Ranji state team, he is not going to do anything significant against India. Riyad does his job.

He bowls too short, he needs to have a great domestic season, before considering him to be in XI.

Im expecting the non-performing pacer to be replaced by robin.

Shafiul apparently had a decent 1st spell, thoug Rubel was getting reverse swing, he wasnt really using it effectively, and only swung it one way, never set up the batsman.

Dhakablues
January 17, 2010, 03:55 PM
I also thought Enamul's inclusion wouldve been a better choice. But per Sakib/Sachin, the moisture is not going to last beyond the 2nd day, So I dont think Enamul wouldve been much successful as there would not be much turn. Sakib didnt even let Riad/Ashraful bowl that long either,, he just wanted to keep the pressure on and he did that successfully with a pace and a spin. Not that Enamul wouldve been a wrong choice over Rubel... but I think the pacers needed to be tried out and they did somewhat okay. They didnt bowl too many bad balls. Lets see how the morming dew is exploited by the pacers tomorrow....

kmasum
January 17, 2010, 04:01 PM
I'm actually quite excited to see SN back after such long time. Hopefully, he will perform well to keep his spot in the test XI.

yes I am happy to see him in the team too..best of luck sn
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Miraz
January 17, 2010, 04:06 PM
I would say our pacers bowled pretty well. They troubled the Indians regularly and they never negotiated them with ease. They might have leaked some runs, but it is Test cricket, you have to unsettle your opponent and they managed it well. Shahadat reaped the benefit of the good work done by Shafiul and Rubel.

Shakib is a class and he did exceptionally well today to tie up one end and frustrate the batsmen.

roaring tigerz
January 17, 2010, 04:20 PM
I think for once the management went with the right combination. The only change I would have made is at the top of the order. Still not convinced about Imrul Kayes for tests. To be fair to him, he hasn't really been given a long enough run. But his lack of conviction playing aggressive shots and weakness against short bowling needs to get addressed. Junaid might have struggled in ODIs but I thought he played well enough in Tests to hold onto his place. But I am hoping Imrul would prove me wrong this time.

shamster
January 17, 2010, 05:46 PM
I think you will see Shafiul bat at number 9 ahead of Rubel and Shahadat. He is decent so I hear :)