Don't want to jeopardize Naeem's confidence but he is in good form and seems to be in the 'zone' most of time. Can they ask him to bat at no. 3 and move Riyad to 4 (i.e. if we play with 7 specialist batsmen)? With Naeem's discipline, technique and temperament, it would not be the worst thing (since the next test is in Khulna). A top order consisting of Nafees and Junaid does not make a lot of sense!
Also, guys, check out the first class batting average of some of the current players. If you can't bat for a longer period of time in domestic games, how can you do that consistently in tests?
Case in point (as of 19/11/12):
Junaid Siddique - FC Average 28.29, Test Average 26.18
Mohammad Ashraful - FC Average 28.37, Test Average 22.60
Mushfiqur Rahim - FC Average 29.44, Test Average 29.03
Raqibul Hasan - FC Average 28.75, Test Average 19.76
Imrul Kayes - FC Average 26.37, Test Average 17.15
Now compare them with:
Naeem Islam - FC Average 41.07, Test Average 36.18
Shakib Al Hasan - FC Average 34.50, Test Average 35.12
Tamim Iqbal - FC Average 44.13, Test Average 38.02
Nasir Hossain - FC Average 34.40, Test Average 36.22
Mahmudullah Riyad - FC Average 33.40, Test Average 31.45