Mosaddek puts selectors in spot of bother


Mosaddek Hossain on Wednesday gave selectors a timely reminder about his talent ahead of World Cup selection with an unbeaten hundred for Abahani Limited in the Dhaka Premier League at the BKSP.
Mosaddek struck an unbeaten 101 off 139 balls in Abahani’s three-wicket loss against Sheikh Jamal, his second successive unbeaten knock in the league after a gritty 40 against Legends of Rupganj.
The two innings took his tally to 428 runs in 11 matches in the league with a hundred and four fifties at an average of 53.50, which only showed that the 23-year old right-hander is in a good nick.
Mosaddek also claimed seven wickets in 11 matches to make his case stronger for a spot in World Cup.
Selectors are likely to announce Bangladesh’s World Cup squad next week with Mosaddek vying for a place of an extra-batsman, along with Brothers Union’s uncapped batsman Yasir Ali.
Yasir, who showed consistency throughout the season, also hit 423 runs in the league with a staggering average of 105.75 to give selectors some food for thought ahead of the crucial selection.
Chef selector Minhajul Abedin did not rule out the possibility of picking up any uncapped batsman, keeping the option open for Yasir, despite Mosaddek maintaining the pressure.
‘It’s difficult to say at the moment whether we are selecting a new face,’ Minhajul told reporters at Mirpur.
‘We have been discussing about it and within one or two days, we will finalise the full squad. There may be one or two [surprises] what you have asked. First we will finalise the final squad and then we will inform you,’ he added.
Cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan hinted that there could be room for both the players as some of the regular players in the national team are underperforming in the league.
‘Not everyone is automatic choice in World Cup. Only the key players, especially the seniors, are automatic choice. Apart from them if someone cannot perform he should not be considered as automatic choice,’ he said.
The deadline for announcing the final squad for World Cup is April 23.
However, teams can be changed without permission from the International Cricket Council before the support period starts on May 23, an ICC spokesman told New Age on Wednesday.