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Imrul quashes retirement talk

  • Published at 06:06 pm April 18th, 2019
Bangladesh's Imrul Kayes plays a shot Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The left-handed batter Tuesday missed out being named in the Bangladesh squad for the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales

National top-order batsman Imrul Kayes has ruled out all speculation regarding early retirement from cricket. 

The left-handed batter Tuesday missed out being named in the Bangladesh squad for the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

The exclusion of Imrul was termed as an injustice by the supporters who took to social media platforms to criticize the decision.

Soon news spread out in the social media of a frustrated Imrul mulling retiring from the game due to his non-selection in the World Cup squad. 

The left-handed batsman though immediately clarified on social media that he has no such intention.

“It has come to my notice that there are many posts on social media saying I will retire from cricket. It was very disappointing to see all those. I have always tried to contribute for the team, and the country, in my 11-year long international career. At times, I have been successful and there were times when I failed. I will feel myself successful if I have been able to make even 1% contribution to Bangladesh cricket,” said Imrul on social media.

“Cricket is my love and passion. Not being able to make the World Cup squad doesn’t mean I will quit. I will try to do my best every time I am given the opportunity. I request for everyone’s support, and thank all my supporters and haters,” he further stated.

Chief of the national selection panel Minhajul Abedin said it was the left-, right-hand batting combination that saw Imrul miss out on selection. 

The squad has prominent opener Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das as top-order options.

Since his international debut in 2008, there were uncountable occasions of Imrul getting axed from the squad, only to make a comeback later. 

He has featured in 37 Test matches, 78 ODIs and 14 T20Is for the Tigers and been part of many records, but was never a consistent member of the unit. 

The last time Imrul scripted a comeback to the national ODI fold was during the Asia Cup 2018 in UAE in September after almost a year, and marked it with an unbeaten 72 off 89 balls batting at No 6.

Imrul was included “unusually” in the Bangladesh squad, based on the side’s poor batting display in back-to-back matches in the continental event.

He continued to put in impressive performances when Bangladesh faced Zimbabwe at home in October 2018.

In the three-match ODI series, Imrul was destructive in the absence of the injured Tamim. 

A fiery Imrul finished as the highest-scorer in the series with 349 runs, including knocks of 144, 115 and 90. 

He was below-par in the next series though, against the West Indies at home, and was out of favor when Bangladesh visited New Zealand in February-March this year.

Many had expected the batsman to get named in the Bangladesh team for the World Cup, but were left surprised following his exclusion.