Bangladesh cricketer Mosaddek Hossain has voiced his opposition regarding his batting position in the domestic tournaments.
The right-handed batsman doesn’t get to bat at the top of the order in the national team, given the prominent names dominating those positions. The 22-year old however, doesn’t understand the reason of the domestic teams putting him to bat at the lower order and has asked the concerned team managements to rethink of his role in the side.
In the Bangladesh Cricket League, the franchise-based four-day tournament, Mosaddek bats at No 7 while in the recently-concluded Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, the cricketer was found batting either at No 6 or 7.
In the Dhaka League, the premier 50-over tournament of the country, Mosaddek failed to make an impact for champion Abahani Limited for the obvious reason of not getting enough scope while batting down the order.
In BCL however, Mosaddek has been able to make use of the time, scoring 268 runs at an average of 86 in five innings.
“I have a complaint with my batting position, not in the national team but in domestic cricket. In national team there are many good batsmen at the top so I have no complaints with that, it does not mean that I will be put in to bat at No 7 or 8 in domestic cricket. I will hope that the concerned team managements in domestic cricket will look into this. There is no option for me to tell this to the team managements. I hope the selectors will take notice of this,” said Mosaddek to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday.
Mosaddek was one of six cricketers to get axed from the BCB central contracts list Wednesday. Omission of pacer Taskin Ahmed and batsmen Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman was taken lightly, bearing in mind the decision was based on “performance” last year, but not with Mosaddek. The occasional off-spinner for the most part of 2017 was away from the field suffering from eye infection. But in the handful of matches he played, he had put on decent shows.
Mosaddek played only one Test match last year, his debut game in the away series against Sri Lanka, and was brilliant with his crucial 75-run innings to inspire Bangladesh to a four-wicket win in the first Test against the host in Colombo.
In ODIs, he got to bat in seven innings, all in the lower order, but despite less batting time, Mosaddek made an impact. His nine-ball 24 against Sri Lanka in Dambulla had got Bangladesh a win. Later in May, he had slammed a 41 against New Zealand in the ODI tri-nation series in Ireland.
A month later, in the Champions Trophy 2017 in England, Mosaddek was pivotal with his spin-bowling against New Zealand and had scored the match-winning runs for the Tigers. The heroics were followed by the eye infection that had denied him from further international matches in the rest of the year.
Despite the illness, Mosaddek was back in the field for Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 2017.
“It is of course disheartening not to get the central contract but then again, it is not the end of the world. I might not have performed upto the mark. I am working hard and hopefully, will soon get back to the fold,” said Mosaddek.
“To be honest I have never played with the intention of getting a central contract, rather I played as per the need of the team; let it be any team which I have played for. I believe performing well will make it easy to achieve many things,” he added.