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Sabbir promises cleaner image

  • Published at 08:47 pm January 1st, 2019
Sabbir Rahman shows the thumbs up sign during training in Dhaka in December Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Sabbir Rahman said Tuesday that he is planning to start afresh this year, with the World Cup in England and Wales looming on the horizon

Bangladesh cricketer Sabbir Rahman has vowed to come back with a more cleaner image in the year 2019. 

The middle-order batsman is currently practising with Sylhet Sixers for the upcoming BPL T20 6 season. The year 2018 was terrible for Sabbir as he was banned from the national team for disciplinary reasons. 

The Rajshahi lad was banned from international cricket for six months in September, 2018, for unruly conduct. Sabbir was accused of abusing fans on social media, and to some extent, even threatening a few during Bangladesh’s tour of the West Indies in June-August. 

Earlier in January last year, Sabbir also received a similar margin suspension from domestic cricket, and was fined Tk2m, along with being stripped off from the central contracts list after he was found guilty of beating up a fan during a first-class game. 

While serving the domestic ban, Sabbir was accused of being involved in a fight with a teammate in the dressing room during the T20I series against Afghanistan in Dehradun, India in April.   

But Sabbir has promised to come back stronger this year. 

Sabbir Tuesday said he is planning to start afresh this year, with the World Cup in England and Wales looming on the horizon.

“I have promised to myself [Monday night] that 2018 went bad for me. I’ve forgotten about it. It’s (Tuesday) is the first day of the new year. I am looking forward now,” Sabbir said to the media during training in Mirpur’s Academy Ground Tuesday. 

Sabbir admitted the last few months have been tough for him, and that he is looking forward to performing well in the forthcoming BPL. 

“It was very difficult for me, especially mentally. I have played in the NCL (National Cricket League), BCL (Bangladesh Cricket League) during this time. I have trained by myself. I also stayed at home and spent time with family. It has been five months, one more month remaining (till international ban ends). Let’s see what happens in the BPL,” Sabbir explained. 

The right-handed batsman believes doing well in the BPL could earn him a spot in the squad for the World Cup. 

“The national team is open for everyone. The BPL is a big stage for me. It is a big tournament. Inshallah, I will try to play my natural cricket. I’ll have a chance if I perform well in the BPL. I’ll try to do something good in the BPL. Then World Cup opportunity might come,” Sabbir concluded.