Raqibul needs to reconsider - Siddons

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Tamim Iqbal & Jamie Siddons

Jamie Siddons, right, must now prepare Bangladesh for the first Test minus Raqibul Hasan, arguably their most in-form batsman

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons believes Raqibul Hasan is “a confused kid” whose shock retirement on the eve of the first Test against England was a “rash, emotional decision”.

The Bangladesh batsman stunned everyone yesterday by informing team manager Shafiul Haque of his intention to quit all forms of the game at the age of just 22.

Raqibul had just been selected to play against England having scored an unbeaten hundred and a fifty against the tourists for Bangladesh A.

But instead of attempting to repeat the feat for the Tigers tomorrow in Chittagong, Raqibul will instead be pondering his future.

Siddons hopes that will include a return to the Bangladesh fold sooner rather than later and believes Raqibul was in no state of mind to make a call of such magnitude.

“He’s obviously an upset kid at the moment, and probably a bit confused,” said Siddons.

“He’s decided to call it quits for the moment and hopefully in the near future he has a change of heart and everyone accepts him back, which is what I hope happens.

“I don’t know who he was trying to hurt, or what point he was trying to prove, but I hope the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) welcome him back because he’s a kid who’s a bit confused.

“He may need some counselling from people around him. He’s made a rash, emotional decision and I think a really bad one for himself and his family.

“Hopefully he’ll work on that and think about that because he’s a strong-willed kid, very internal, and hopefully the people in power will want him back.”

Siddons believes the reason for Raqibul’s actions can be traced to a frustration at being dropped from the Tigers’ one-day squad and omission from their provisional 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 in April.

Raqibul Hasan

Raqibul hits out during last year's World Twenty20. It was his omission from the preliminary squad for the 2010 event - a "bad selection" according to Siddons - that prompted his withdrawal

The Australian does not enjoy a vote on the selection panel and suggested he sympathised with the player’s position.

“He didn’t like being dropped in the way he was dropped, then missing out on the 30 for the T20 squad, which was probably bad selection,” Siddons said.

“He thought he’d proved his point that he was good enough to be in that 30, which I think he is, and then he walked away.

“Selectors are chosen to pick a team and if Raqibul has got a grief, it must be with the selectors because they are the ones who left him out, but maybe there’s a bit more to it.”

Earlier in the day, the BCB released a statement reiterating that squad selection was based "purely on performance".

Raqibul’s stance did not appear to earn as much understanding from his captain, Shakib Al Hasan, who was clearly opposed to the decision.

“We were pretty surprised when he told us that he was resigning,” said Shakib.

“The sort of reason he gave to us was silly. We all, from players to coaching staff, tried to make him understand as much as possible and finally it was his decision.

“If he does not want to listen us what can we do? I think he made a big mistake.

“It is better to use your head than your heart in these periods.”

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