“There cannot be anything better than a national call-up. As a cricketer, we work hard for this day. I hope I will be able to live up to expectations if given the opportunity,” said Yasir to Dhaka Tribune
Young batsman Yasir Ali’s inclusion in the national squad for the tri-nation series in Ireland has been an easy prediction. The right-handed hard-hitting batsman from Chittagong has been in great form over the past one year. Let it be for BCB's High Performance unit or in top tier domestic competitions in shape of Bangladesh Premier League T20 or Dhaka Premier League, Yasir has been basking in the spotlight for his performances.
With a staggering average of 85, Yasir has scored 423 runs in 12 matches at the ongoing DPL till date. On the other hand, in the latest edition of BPL T20, the 23-year-old struck 307 runs in 11 matches for Chittagong Vikings with an average of 27.90 and a strike rate of 124.29.
Chief of the national selection panel Minhajul Abedin, in explanation of Yasir’s selection, hinted the batsman can be a good option as a potential number three and his good form in recent times has given them confidence about his potential.
“We have observed him in the High Performance unit and in domestic league. There is no doubt that he is talented and has the ability to take the challenge in international arena. He has played well in the BPL and Dhaka League. We need a batsman at number three so he can be a good option. Being with the national team will help him develop further and that will be our achievement,” said Minhajul to the media on Tuesday.
A keen follower of Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, Yasir is delighted with the opportunity. Deep inside, the right-handed batsman is excited to avail the opportunity to bat with his idol Tamim, if given.
“There cannot be anything better than a national call-up. As a cricketer, we work hard for this day. I hope I will be able to live up to expectations if given the opportunity,” said Yasir to Dhaka Tribune.
Even though he has been named only in the squad for the tri-nation ODI series against West Indies and hosts Ireland, Yasir has the opportunity of cutting through to the Bangladesh squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The selectors have the luxury of changing the squad till May 23 and with some good show in the Ireland he may pave his way to get a call in the final squad of the World Cup as well. If that situation occurs it will be similar situation that his hero Tamim along with two of the greatest Bangladeshi players Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim faced back in 2007. The trio played the 2007 World Cup within months of their emergence in the international arena.
“That will be a big challenge to be honest. But if it occurs, I can always take inspiration from Tamim bhai, Shakib bhai and Mushfiqur bhai. They have faced the challenge despite it being within their early days in international cricket,” said Yasir.
Opener Tamim on the other hand is happy to see Yasir reap the fruits of his hard work by getting the national call-up and hoped that the fellow Chittagonian will be provided with the proper opportunity to prove his worth.
“If he (Yasir) thinks that he is going to play for the national team or that he is playing the World Cup, then it’s a big problem. He is going to take the pressure unnecessarily. Let him enjoy over the next one week as he got the result for his hard work but at the end of the day, he has to be mentally strong. He cannot think that he is going for a mega event or playing for the national team and take pressure on,” said Tamim to Dhaka Tribune.
“He has a lot of talent but he should not be written off if doesn’t get to live to the expectation in his early stage of the career. He took almost eight to 10 years to get into the national team and one or two bad games should not ruin his seven-eight years of hard work,” Tamim concluded.