Raqibul Hasan quits international cricket

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  1. Taazi Khabrai
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    Bangladesh's plans for the first Test against England have been thrown into disarray after Raqibul Hasan, the 22-year-old middle-order batsman, retired from international cricket on the eve of the series.

    Cricinfo understands that Raqibul is angered by his omission from the preliminary 30-man World Twenty20 squad as well as the recent one-day series against England and has decided to make a stand, but there was also a disagreement between the board and the selectors over his original place in the Test squad.

    He informed his team-mates of his decision on the team bus after practice on Wednesday. "We tried to tell him that it was a bad idea," a team insider told Cricinfo. "He's very young and we tried to talk him out of a rash decision. "

    The board had wanted Raqibul to be dropped for the Tests against England along with Mohammad Ashraful, who was omitted from the squad having also missed the one-day series. However, he impressed for Bangladesh A against England in the warm-up match when he followed his first-innings unbeaten 107 with 51 and was duly named in the Test party.

    "The selectors were told by the board to drop Raqibul and Ashraful from the Test squad," a BCB insider told Cricinfo. "The selectors refused to drop Raqibul after he scored a century and a fifty in the warm-up game at Chittagong and Raqibul has returned to Dhaka feeling that his position in the team is compromised."

    Raqibul was inked in for a middle-order slot against England, ironically as a replacement for Ashraful, having previously been dropped following a lean series against India in January. He has played seven Tests with a top score of 65 against West Indies and averages 19.14.

    "He wrote a letter to us this morning, withdrawing himself from the Test series against England. He also announced his retirement from all forms of cricket," Bangladesh cricket board director Jalal Yunus told AFP. "It has stunned us. He is a brilliant cricketer and played two superb knocks against England just days back. Coach Jamie Siddons and Raqibul's parents tried to change his mind. But he is adamant."

    Cricinfo understands that Jahurul Islam, the uncapped 23-year-old batsman, has been called into the squad following an impressive performance in the National Cricket League final, which finished on Wednesday, where he scored 59 and 117 for Rajshahi Division who took the title against Chittagong Division.


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    It looks like Raqibul is learning how to throw a tantrum from the likes of Razzaq, Afridi and Younis.

    I'm just wondering how soon the u-turn will happen.
     
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    ghulam35 Emerging Player

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    they should ban him for a year to teach him a lesson and to set an example to other players, dont leave it late like the PCB left it!
     
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    Nadeem Emerging Player

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    He’ll come to regret that decision in a couple months when his out of money, it won’t surprise me one bit if he over turns his decision in a couple months after the T20 world cup.
     
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    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

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    There's other ways to make your feelings known rather than throwing a tantrum and retiring.
     
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    Is it the Afridi-retirement, or the other kind? Where you dont play anymore.
     
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    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

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    It'll be an Afridi/Razzaq/Yousuf type of retirement
     
  8. Taazi Khabrai
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    Raqibul Hasan retirement bewilders selectors, team-mates

    The decision of Raqibul Hasan, Bangladesh's 22-year-old middle-order batsman, to retire from international cricket on the eve of the Test series against England has left both his team-mates and the national selectors bewildered, as the squad sets about refocusing for the first Test in Chittagong in 24 hours' time.

    Raqibul informed his team-mates of his decision on the team bus after practice on Wednesday, having sent a letter announcing his retirement to the Bangladesh board that morning. According to Jalal Yunus, the board director, his resignation has not yet been accepted, although neither his coaches, team-mates, nor his parents have appeared able to talk him out of the shock move.

    Mushfiqur Rahim, Raqibul's closest friend in the squad, and a former Under-19 team-mate, told reporters at the Bangladesh training session that he had had no inkling of the decision that Raqibul was about to make. While the squad was shocked, they were doing their best to make light of the situation, with the Rajshahi batsman Jahurul Islam, drafted into the squad ahead of Mohammad Ashraful.

    "This came as a big surprise for us," Akram Khan, a member of the Bangladesh selection committee, told Cricinfo. "I talked to him two days ago, and he had just been batting well against the England team. I never thought he'd do a thing like this, but this is not good. He is a young chap and this is a big decision. He should have thought more about it, both for himself and for our country. This is bad for Bangladesh cricket."

    Despite cementing his place in the Test squad with a century and a fifty for Bangladesh A in the three-day warm-up against England in Chittagong earlier this week, Raqibul is understood to be angered at his omission from Bangladesh's one-day plans. He was left out of the home ODI series against England that concluded last week, and perhaps more significantly the 30-man preliminary squad for the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean next month, a tournament regarded as a shop window for the riches on offer in the shortest and most lucrative form of the game.

    He was omitted from the team during the recent tour of New Zealand, and Cricinfo understands that there was a disagreement between the board and the selectors over his recall for the England Test series. The recommendation from above had been that Raqibul should be dropped along with Mohammad Ashraful, whose form has deserted him in recent months. Regardless of the apparent political manoeuvrings, however, his decision is being widely regarded as rash.

    "This sort of thing happens to everybody, it's not only for him," said Akram. "The most important thing is he has to perform. He didn't get a chance in New Zealand, and he wasn't in the one-day squad for this series, but he was in the Test squad. A lot of good players don't get a chance every time. The England captain [Alastair Cook] is also not in the squad for Twenty20 cricket, but he's still a very good player. I can't understand why he's done this."


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