Mumbai, Nov 7: Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne may have been the great players but have not shown due respect to the Bangladesh cricket. This has been the belief of Naimur Rahman, the first Test captain of Bangladesh,
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Dhaka on Saturday morning, the former captain, who is now the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Director, Naimur Rahman says, "by not selecting any player from our country for the All-Stars matches, Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne have not shown respect to our cricket".
"We may not have produced Sachin Tendulkar or Brian Lara but have the caliber of good players like Habibul Bashar, Khaled Mahmud, Akram Khan, Khaled Mashud. These are few of the great players our country has produced and few of them could have easily found place in the series", he added.
"We would not have bothered if our player was not in the playing eleven but at least they could have been in the team at least".
Interestingly, no player from Zimbabwe could also find place in their elevens.
"Ours is a Test playing country and Sachin and Warne should have shown some respect to our cricket".
According to the sources close to Sachin Tendulkar, Shakib-Al-Hasan could have found place in the team. "Sachin had said that only Shakib-Al-Hasan could have found place in the team and no one else was in our minds. But since this is the series being played with the former players and Shakib already actively playing cricket for Bangladesh could not be accomodated", said source.
Shakib was recently in USA with his pregnant wife (Umme Ahmed Shishir) and wanted to be with her during the delivery time but on a request by his wife, returned to Bangladesh to play against visiting Zimbabwe.
VVS Laxman, one of the members of Sachin Tendulkar's Blaster squad was to reach USA on Saturday morning to appear for the match in the evening. His visa problem got sorted out. Sourav Ganguly may leave after the BCCI's AGM on Monday and play the remaining two matches at Houston on Wednesday and at Los Angles on Saturday.
There has been no match-referee, it is learnt here.