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Ashraful returns for Bangladesh's England tour

Mohammad Ashraful
The selectors hope Ashraful has put a slump in form behind him

Bangladesh have recalled former skipper Mohammad Ashraful to their Test squad for the forthcoming tour to England.

The 25-year-old was left out for the series between the two sides in Bangladesh earlier this year.

But he hinted at a return to form by making 65 off 49 balls against Pakistan in a World Twenty20 match on Saturday.

Bangladesh have named uncapped paceman Robiul Islam, 23, in a 15-man squad for the tour to England, which features Tests at Lord's and Old Trafford.

"He brings a lot of energy and has brisk pace," said chairman of selectors Rafiqul Alam.

"Robiul is strong and aggressive and we feel he can be a handy option in English conditions."

There is also a place in the squad for 26-year-old medium-pacer Mahbubul Alam, who made the last of his four Test appearances in December 2008, with all-rounder Aftab Ahmed and left-arm spinner Enamul Haque Jr omitted.

Bangladesh, who will again be captained by Shakib Al Hasan, are due to begin their tour with a three-day game against Surrey at the The Oval, starting on 9 May.

They will then have two further warm-up fixtures before the opening Test at Lord's on 27 May.

It will be only the second time they have played Test cricket in England, having lost 2-0 in 2005, when neither match lasted beyond the third day.

To avoid a similar fate on what are likely to be seamer-friendly pitches, they will need their batsmen to show far greater discipline than they have in the past.

And the selectors are hoping that Ashraful can finally live up to the potential he first showed in 2001 when he became the then youngest player to hit a Test century.

He has managed four more since then but only averages 22 overall.


Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Ashraful, Zunaed Siddique, Jahirul Islam, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mahbubul Alam, Robiul Islam.



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