Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman’s lean patch continued as the right-hander failed to make an impact in the lone practice match against Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI Tuesday. The Tigers were able to pull off a 41-run victory through a combined team effort but Sabbir had missed out on contributing yet again scoring just one run facing 10 balls.
The Rajshahi lad since his debut in the format in 2014 has played 34 T20Is for Bangladesh and averages 26.64. However, he has failed to contribute big for the team recently. In his last six appearances, Sabbir has only scored 19 runs twice, his highest.
Sabbir's fall in form in the other formats saw him removed from the national fold from the ODI tri-nation series involving Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in January this year. He was recalled for the second and final Test match in the home series against Sri Lanka. He then played the first T20I against the same side but scored just one run.
Member of the selection panel, Habibul Bashar, who is accompanying the team in Sri Lanka for the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series, said the team expect Sabbir to perform extraordinarily, especially in the shortest format of the game.
"Sabbir has been playing for some time for the national team and he has performed in the past. That's why we expect more from him, especially in the T20I format, we expect him to perform extraordinarily," said Bashar to the media following Bangladesh's practice game at Colombo Cricket Club Tuesday.
Sabbir had made an early impression as a hard-hitting batsman with his flamboyant attitude in the middle. The 26-year old has three T20I half centuries and a hundred in domestic T20s, for Rajshahi Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 two years ago. But his long struggle now has put some concern into the minds of the Bangladesh management.
"He is one of the batsmen who can clear the boundary and play big shots. It has been missing for quite some time now but we hope he can make a comeback soon. He is an important player of the team," said Bashar as Bangladesh prepare to start their Nidahas series campaign taking on India Thursday.