“I tried my level best to regain fitness but unfortunately probably that was not enough. What can I say apart from just bad luck? The only thing that I can say is that I will make a comeback by performing consistently,’’ said an emotional Taskin to the media on Tuesday
Broken in tears right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed was out of words. The news of the Bangladesh squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 had come out while he was practicing at the Academy Ground of the Sher—e-Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday. Taskin had failed to cut through to the 15-member team for the world event set to take place in England in May-July this year.
And the news made the right-arm pacer shattered as he was trying hard to recover from his ankle injury and the desperate player even took part in a game of ongoing Dhaka Premier League to prove his fitness. However, that was not enough for the BCB to call the bowler, who last played an ODI back in 2017, and their decision of not accommodating him in the squad for the big event left the 24-year old pacer emotionally drenched.
Taskin was strongly in line to make a comeback through the Bangladesh tour of New Zealand earlier this year backed by his brilliant performance in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 2019. However his ill fate prevailed over his will as he injured his ankle at the T20 tournament’s twilight, just a week before the Tigers left for New Zealand.
“I tried my level best to regain fitness but unfortunately probably that was not enough. What can I say apart from just bad luck? The only thing that I can say is that I will make a comeback by performing consistently,’’ said an emotional Taskin to the media on Tuesday.
Taskin was advised three weeks of rest to recover fully while a rehabilitation program was also put in place. Having gone through the program well, he had returned to play DPL but the national selectors chose to select another pacer, uncapped Abu Jayed Rahi, over him.
According to chief of the national selection panel Minhajul Abedin, Taskin is fit skill wise but not physically. Considering the long tour tournament, the selectors thought to go for a ‘fit’ option.
“We have been observing him for a long time. But he played his last international game in 2017 and later we included him for the New Zealand series but he missed out due to injury,’’ said Minhajul.
“He is not totally fit and we don’t want someone who is just fit skill-wise. He played a match in the domestic league on the back of skill fitness but that does not imply he is totally fit,’’ the former Bangladesh captain added.
Minhajul added that all is not lost for Taskin as he still has time to prove his fitness and can be added as back-up at some point in the future. Taskin made his international debut in 2014 and has featured for Bangladesh in two major tournaments in shape of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The right-arm pacer was in fiery form during the 2015 World Cup as he had picked nine wickets in six matches and played a crucial role to help Tigers made it to the quarter finals of the tournament for the first time.