Bangladesh speedster Taskin Ahmed expressed his optimism to stage a return into Bangladesh National Cricket Team with the guidance of bowling coach Courtney Walsh during a press briefing after practice camp at BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) National Cricket Academy in the capital on Saturday.
Once a beacon of hope for Bangladesh’s pace bowling attack, Taskin have been sliding into oblivion in recent times due to his feeble bowling performances. He was also left out of the squad for the Tri-nation and Sri Lanka series. One of the chief reasons for his downfall from grace was his performance during South Africa tour where he managed to bag just 2 wickets from 7 matches.Now, in a bid to reinstate former glory, the paceman has pulled off a relatively good performance in the ongoing Walton Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL) for Abahani where he grabbed 6 wickets in 4 matches. The DPL triumph once again brought him under the radar of the powers-to-be and earned him a spot in the 9-day consistency training campaign being run by bowling coach Courtney Walsh.
Taskin looked much more positive about his prospects as he was working hard under the strict supervision of the legendary Caribbean pace sensation. The retreat from the national squad seems also to have borne some wisdom into him. He has figured out his strong and weak points while showing extraordinary conviction to improve his game.
“To be honest pace is my biggest strength. I also have good variation and accuracy. It is not as if I had not performed. My bowling might not have been up to par in last couple of series. But nonetheless, I have proven myself before my bad patch started. Maybe there was some issue with accuracy and fitness but everything will start to fall into place in the coming days. I am preparing myself to get into better shape for the future,” said Taskin.
Walsh is concentrating on the consistency factor of bowling during the ongoing specialised bowling camp. Taskin believes that these skills will help Bangladesh pacers become lethal in upcoming fixtures of Bangladesh’s cricketing calendar.
“This camp is going on very well. Courtney Walsh is marking out each and every ball we bowl. We are working a lot on our accuracy and variation in this camp. Many of us were able to improve our percentage of good balls over the course of just a single day. I hope that it will help us a lot in the upcoming series,” said Taskin.
Meanwhile, Taskin stated that he will take legal action against a specific online news outlet for publishing defamatory news alleging Taskin’s involvement in domestic abuse.