Raqibul walks out on Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s plans for the first Test against England were thrown into confusion following Raqibul Hasan’s announcement that he has retired from international cricket.
Raqibul, 22, sent a letter to the Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday outlining his decision, which was in protest at his omission from both the Tigers squad for the one-day series against England, and the preliminary 30-man squad for the World Twenty20.
Raqibul's decision was surprising, given his inclusion in the 14-man squad for the first Test in Chittagong, which starts tomorrow.
Raqibul’s recall, after being dropped for the one-off Test in New Zealand, was sealed with authoritative knocks of 107 not out and 51 for Bangladesh A against England in the the recently-concluded warm-up match.
The BCB expressed their regret at Raqibul’s self-imposed exile and immediately opened the door for a return to the national side.
An official BCB statement read: “The abrupt nature of this announcement has come as a shock to everyone concerned as this was totally unexpected.
“The board understands that this was a unilateral decision on the player’s part but also feels it was rather premature.
“We certainly do not wish to see a talented young cricketer like Roqibul leaving the game so early and hope he will reconsider his position. It is our sincere expectation that he will return to mainstream cricket at the earliest.”
The BCB statement also addressed the issue of Roqibul’s reported disagreement with selection policy, insisting all teams were convened exclusively on merit.
“We take this opportunity to reiterate once again that selection of Test, ODI and T20 teams is based purely on performance. Therefore there is no scope for emotion in this regard,” read the statement.
Raqibul is considered one of Bangladesh’s most promising young batsmen. Though he averages just 19 and 29 in Test and ODI cricket, he is the first Bangladeshi to hit a triple century in first-class cricket.