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Taskin on track for competitive return

  • Published at 07:00 pm April 8th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Taskin Ahmed bowls in the nets Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

With the national selection panel vigorously working on putting up the Bangladesh squad for the World Cup 2019 and tri-nation series in Ireland, Taskin Ahmed plans to take part in the Dhaka League to display his fitness and script a possible return to the national fold

Right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed is on track to return to action through the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. 

With the national selection panel vigorously working on putting up the Bangladesh squad for the World Cup 2019 and tri-nation series in Ireland, Taskin plans to take part in the Dhaka League to display his fitness and script a possible return to the national fold. 

Taskin underwent a session of bowling in the nets at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium facilities in Dhaka under the supervision of the BCB physicians.

The Bangladesh pacer incurred an ankle injury in the latter stages of the Bangladesh Premier League T20 last February. 

Taskin was a strong contender for a comeback to the Bangladesh side for the tour of New Zealand in February-March, backed by his scintillating form in the sixth edition of the BPL where he bagged 22 wickets in 12 group-stage games.

The skeleton of the Bangladesh squad for the world event is already in place and it is understood that the selection panel is mulling putting the finishing touches. 

It has been learnt that initially the panel has planned of drafting a 20-member preliminary squad among which 18 players have already been selected.

Given the conditions in England and Wales, the co-hosts, it is likely that Bangladesh would have five pace bowling options in the squad. 

ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and all-rounder Saifuddin are being strongly considered. 

And for the fifth option, names of pacer Abu Jayed Rahi and Taskin are being discussed. 

Jayed has the advantage of cutting through to the squad bearing in mind that he was a part of the national unit in the tour of New Zealand. 

“Shaon bhai (physio) was there during my bowling session and I later spoke to (chief BCB physician) Debashish [Chowdhury] da. They are happy with my overall fitness at this point. I am working as per their plan. I look forward to be back in the field soon,” said Taskin to the media Monday.

Taskin was named in the players’ draft of the Dhaka League but went unpicked due to the injury. 

It is understood that the fast bowler is now in discussion with a few clubs in the league to play the remainder of the 50-over tournament. 

Considering his intention to play as many matches as possible, Taskin is in talks with clubs who will play the Super Six phase of the tournament. 

Discussions with Prime Bank Cricket Club and Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited have been promising, it was learnt.

“I am confident of getting to play for a team in the remainder of the Dhaka League. And currently I’m in discussion with a few clubs. If given the opportunity, I would like to play starting from Thursday,” Taskin informed.