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Old October 20, 2011, 07:54 PM
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Though the drop was inevitable, it has raised questions over the selectors' consistency - especially since Ashraful had top-scored in Bangladesh's last Test. The problem stems from the selectors' preference for all-format selection as opposed to specialised Test selection. It is true that Ashraful hasn't done well in the recent ODIs but what has muddied the waters is the dropping of Alok Kapali and Robiul Islam as well, despite their decent form in the ODIs.
Kapali looked like one of the very few batsmen who was getting used to the West Indies bowlers' shorter length and, while his brief innings in the second ODI was overshadowed by Mushfiqur's longer effort, Kapali fought in a crucial situation. Robiul too showed grit when the bowlers in Harare fell flat on the first day, his 12-over spell standing out as an example of the fight rarely seen among Bangladesh bowlers. Add Raqibul Hasan's inclusion after just two recent half-centuries and it is all making Akram's collective decisions look a bit skewed.
Ashraful's outburst on Wednesday has not helped matters and only a strong showing on the field will allow this situation to die down.
Isam bhai nailed it. I am having a bad feeling about this selection team. They really get carried away by the "recent" form factor and fails to have long term vision. No 3 and 4 becomes a walking wicket with this lineup.
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