Bangladesh drop Ashraful

DHAKA - Bangladesh have axed experienced batsman Mohammad Ashraful for a two-Test series against England following his inconsistent form, selectors said yesterday.

DHAKA - Bangladesh have axed experienced batsman Mohammad Ashraful for a two-Test series against England following his inconsistent form, selectors said yesterday.

The 25-year-old former captain, who has amassed 2256 runs in 53 Tests, has not scored a half-century in his past 12 Test innings. He also skipped a recent one-day series against the tourists.

Ashraful failed to make the most of his last chance to impress the selectors, making just one and 30 in the warm-up game for Bangladesh A against the tourists in Chittagong.

"He did not play well in the national league and also in the practice match against England," Bangladesh's chief selector Rafiqul Alam told AFP.

The selectors named three left-arm spinners - Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak and Enamul Haque - in the 14-man squad for the Test series beginning in Chittagong on Friday. Shakib will lead Bangladesh in the absence of Mashrafe Mortaza, who has been rested. - Sapa-AFP

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