Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny, who was suspended for illegal bowling action last year along with Taskin Ahmed in the 2016 World T20 in India, has been facing tough times ever since getting the green signal from the ICC to bowl in international cricket.
In the recent past, the 30-year old was arrested after Nasrin Sultana filed a case against the cricketer under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.
However, the national discard, who is currently on bail at the moment, returned to doing what he does best – picking up wickets. He has been in good form recently, bagging 22 wickets in eight games, including two five-wicket hauls, in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League for his side Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club.
Recently, Tigers head coach Chandika Hathurusingha said the slow bowler has to prove his mettle once again in order to return to the national side.
Sunny though is not looking too far ahead, informing that he is only focusing on his own bowling at the moment rather than the national side.
“I am not at all disappointed. It can happen to any player during his career. I was dropped due to illegal bowling action. I had to change my action. If I want to return to the national side, I have to perform well. If I can become the highest wicket-taker in the league, only then will I think of my chances of returning to the national team,” Sunny told the media in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
Sunny, who has taken 24 wickets in 16 ODIs and 12 scalps in 10 T20Is, said he has adapted well with his new bowling action. However, he did say it was tough for him to adjust initially.
“It was tough for me to adjust with the new bowling action. But when I got habituated, I started to get results. I am getting more turn than before and I have started to grip the ball better. I was lucky to play four matches in the National Cricket League right after changing my action. Since it was a longer-version game, there was no limit to how much I would get to bowl, which helped me to get my confidence back,” he said.
“So far, I am the highest wicket-taker in the league. And there is still three matches left in the first round. If I am able to play in the Super League phase, I will get the opportunity to play five more games. So far I'm happy to remain at the top of the wicket-takers' list. I'm looking forward to giving my best,” he added.