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Sajedul eyes to be professional umpire after retirement

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  • 29th September, 2021 10:11:01 PM
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Sajedul eyes to be professional umpire after retirement

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Former Bangladesh pacer Sajedul Islam said on Wednesday that he is eyeing to take up umpiring as a profession after retiring from all forms of cricket.
 
Sajedul started his umpiring career on Wednesday as he stood his first match as a professional on-field umpire during the Sheikh Kamal U-18 Cricket tournament at the BKSP.
 
Sajedul, the left-arm pacer, who played three Test matches and a lone T20I for the Tigers, told The Daily Sun that he is eyeing to play in the upcoming National Cricket League and along the way also like to develop his umpiring skill.
 
“I want to make a gradual shift to umpiring as now I will be playing in the upcoming NCL and along the way also will focus on umpiring in different age-level tournaments,” said Sajedul, who completed level-1 umpiring course conducted by the BCB while also did stage 2 course on umpiring in England.
 
“I am sure the board will assess my performance and will give me the opportunity to umpire in other tournaments as well in the coming days.
 
“When I feel that I have managed to become a full-fledged umpire, I will take that as a profession after quitting all forms of cricket,” he added.
 
The 33-year old also became the second Bangladeshi Test cricketer after Enamul Haque to take up umpiring as a profession.
 
The left-arm pacer’s international career lasted from 2008-2013. He managed to pick three wickets in Test cricket and ended his lone T20I match without picking any wicket.
 
He has bagged 241 first-class wickets and 67 List A wickets so far. Besides he has five fifties to his name in first-class cricket.