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Papon recommends Anamul for SA Tests

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon has made a recommendation to the selectors by asking them to consider Anamul Haque as an opening option for the South Africa Test series later this month.

Anamul last played a Test three years ago and fell out of favour with the Bangladesh team management after a slow 70-ball 47 in a T20I in November 2015. He hasn’t appeared in an international fixture ever since.

Hassan, however, paid little heed to Anamul’s inadequate game time in the international arena of late and, as has been his tendency over the past 12 months, recommended a player’s name to the selectors ahead of a series.

Only weeks ago, he had intervened to include Mominul Haque in the Test squad ahead of the Australia series after the batsman was dropped by the selectors the previous day.

In March this year, Hassan had stepped in to keep Mahmudullah in the squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka after the team management decided to send him home ahead of the game. Hassan later said that Mehidy Hasan’s inclusion in the limited-overs leg of that tour was also his recommendation.

Previously, he had also recommended Mehedi Maruf and Shahriar Nafees to the board after they had put in decent performances in the BPL last year. Mosharraf Hossain, too, had the president’s attention during the Afghanistan ODIs.

Hassan said on Friday that the board was focused on having more right-left combinations in the Bangladesh batting line-up, which is why he suggested Anamul’s name to the selectors.

“If Imrul [Kayes] had done well, we would have thought of putting him ahead of Soumya [Sarkar] but that didn’t happen,” Hassan said. “There isn’t anyone extraordinary coming up in that position, but we are looking for someone.

Bijoy (Anamul Haque) is an option as a right-hander. You will be surprised to know that I have already mentioned his name to the board the day before yesterday. I think he will be considered. We have to work with a left-right combination.”

Hassan didn’t mince his words when asked about Mushfiqur Rahim’s comments after the second Test about seeking clarity on his roles in the team as a batsman, wicketkeeper and captain.

Mushfiqur had said that it was up to the decision-makers to tell him what to do but Hassan insisted that he doesn’t dictate anything to the players but only discusses plans and strategies with them ahead of matches.

“I think it is Mushfiqur’s problem,” Hassan said. “Doesn’t Mashrafe [Mortaza] captain the side? He has never faced such a problem. Shakib [Al Hasan], the new T20 captain, will never face a problem. These things are a captain’s decision. We can give him a strategy but he has to take the decision in the field. Mashrafe decides by himself who will bowl and bat. We can give him information, maybe tell him, ‘Try this, try him,’ but nothing more than that.

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