Asia Cup 2012: Bangladesh win toss, elect to bowl against Pakistan

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and chose to bowl against Pakistan in the Asia Cup opener at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.


Dav Whatmore makes his debut as the coach of the Pakistan team, who have rested Hammad Azam, Azhar Ali, Abdul Rehman, Wahab Riaz from its initial squad.

Bangladesh rested Imrul Kayes, Elias Sunny, Nazmul Hossain and Anamul Haque from its 15-member squad.

Mashrafe Mortaza is back for his first international game since the World Cup match against Australia on the 13th of April 2011.

Also returning, to the ODI side, was Shahadat Hossain, whose previous game in the format was in February 2010.

Pakistan come in the series as one of the strong contenders, despite having lost 4-0 to England in the UAE recently.

Bangladesh have lost 26 of their 28 encounters at the Asia Cup and have lost their eight previous clashes against Pakistan in this competition.

Bangladesh have not won a single ODI series in the four they played last year, even losing 2-3 to Zimbabwe in a five-match rubber. They lost by identical 0-3 to Australia and Pakistan and 1-2 to West Indies, all at home.

Bangladesh: Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Nazmul Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Anamul Haque.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shahid Afridi, Azhar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema, Wahab Riaz.

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