In September the Bangladesh cricket Board banned 13 players for ten years for signing with the unauthorised ICL (Indian Cricket league), reportedly for 200,000 dollars each over a three-year period.
Because Abdur Razzaq's bowling action had been reported as suspect in New Zealand by umpires Daryl Harper and Asoka de Silva, he had to fly to Canberra to be assessed on 17 November. He should have returned to Johannesburg next day but the assessment showed that the amount of his elbow extension exceeded the level of tolerance and put him out of international cricket.
Nazmul Hossain was again a member of the tour party but did not play in any game.
Middle-order batsmen Junaid Siddique, Mehrab Hossain, Mohammad Ashraful, Naeem Islam, Raqibul Hasan
Wicket-keeper/batsman: Mushfiqur Rahim
All-rounder:Shakib Al Hasan
Slow bowlers:Abdur Razzak
Fast bowlers:Mahbubul Alam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Nazmul Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel,plus Sajidul Islam (reinforcement)
Mehrab Hossain jr
Shakib Al Hasan
(National Cricket League)
D – Dhaka (5)
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(19 November 2008):
22 yrs 3 months.
ODI T20 member of the one-day squads.
Test Appearances made before the tour
Mohammad Ashraful 44,Mashrafe Mortaza 31,Shahadat Hossain 17,Mushfiqur Rahim 10,Shakib Al Hasan 8,Tamim Iqbal 6, Junaid Siddique 6,Syed Rasel 6,Abdur Razzak 3,Mehrab Hossain 3,Sajidul Islam 2,Mahbubul Alam 1,Naeem Islam 1,Nazmul Hossain 1,Imrul Kayes 0,Raqibul Hasan 0.
Team operations manager
Grant Trafford Luden
Rafiqul Alam (Chief Selector),Akram Khan,Naimur Rahman.
From a preliminary squad the selectors omitted Mahmudullah Riyad and Rajin Saleh.
Unavailable : Players who signed to play for the Dhaka Warriors in the Indian Cricket League
Team announced :Wednesday 29 Oct 2008
On Thursday 13 November the selectors decided that for the Test matches there would be no change from the ODI squad.
Time between selection and departure from Bangladesh
(29 October - 1 November)
Fifteen players to participate in the ODI series departed Zia International Airport, Dhaka, on 1 November 2008.
The team flew into Oliver Tambo Airport, Johannesburg, virtually unnoticed, at the end of a 16-hour journey. They were taken by coach to the team hotel, the Palazzo Montecasino, but were caught in a two-hour traffic jam.Next day they trained at the Wanderers Ground.
Time spent in South Africa
(2 November - 1 December)
Left-arm pacer Sajidul Islam was called up to the Test squad as a replacement for Syed Rasel, who was forced to return home with a back injury.Sajidul reached South Africa on 17 November.