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Recalled Saikat gets inspiration from domestic performance

Adnan Hadi     21 May, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Recalled Saikat gets inspiration from domestic performance

Humble beginning, a memorable Test debut in Sri Lanka last year, making crucial contribution with ball against New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, being ruled out of squad due to eye infection, being dropped from national contract, again got limited over call up for upcoming Afghanistan series, Bangladesh’s one of the bright young prospects Mosaddek Hossain has seen it all in his fledgling cricket career.

He was a regular member in national side last since his international debut before an eye injury lashed him out of the squad in Australia series. He needed months to recover as he missed Australia and South Africa series.

BCB announced yesterday a 15-men final squad for the forthcoming Afghanistan series and Mosaddek has been rewarded for his recent past domestic league performance with a place in the Bangladesh squad. Mosaddek is feeling excited after getting limited over recall as he is going to comeback Bangladesh limited over squad nearly one-year gap.

“I did not play any limited over cricket last one year so I am excited to wear the jersey again. This is a new opportunity for me to represent Bangladesh,” Mosaddek said yesterday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

“I kept a faith on myself. I can’t ensure good performance in forthcoming series but I can guarantee my best effort against Afghanistan,” he added.

Mosaddek made his international debut against Zimbabwe in Khulna but he introduced himself in ODI cricket against Afghanistan in 2016 where Bangladesh was dismissed for 208 but Mosaddek was unbeaten on 45 in that match.

Later he failed to live up to the expectation with big score but he as a middle order batsman he provided some late or little strike for his team which often guided his team’s win. Even his magnificent contribution on Test debut (75 + 13) saw Tigers’ remarkable run chase against Sri Lanka last year.

Even his off-spin often turned valuable contribution for Bangladesh. Bangladesh sealed semi-final berth for the first time in ICC Champions Trophy after knocking Kiwis out from the tournament. The win would not have been possible without Mosaddek’s off-spin magic (3-13).

After recovering injury, Mosaddek returned to cricket in BPL last year but he found his touch back in the recent past Dhaka Premier league (DPL) and longer version cricket league matches. He provided several finishing touches in DPL for champions Abahani.

“I had a good premier league season. I was unbeaten at least 8 innings in last 10 premier league matches and made finishing touches which gave me inspiration,” Mosadeek said.

A spin-friendly track Dehradun will host all three T20s and all eyes will be on Afghan spin wizards.

“Afghanistan is a good team in T20s. A lot of things are in their favour in this series. Afghanistan have a number of world-class bowlers who are doing well in the IPL. But we are also preparing to defend them. We are hoping positive results against Afghans,” he added.