Bangladesh pacer Abu Jayed on Friday said that he wanted to begin the Test series well as Tigers will take on West Indies in the first of two-match series in Chattogram on February 3-7.
Bangladesh haven’t played a Test match since February last year as the coronavirus pandemic forced all their scheduled series in between either postponed or cancelled.Jayed, a regular member of Bangladesh Test team, who played against Zimbabwe last year in a one-off Test series, had to wait a bit longer to play an international match as he is not part of Bangladesh limited-over team who returned to the field with the three-match ODI series against the Caribbean side.
“We last played a Test against Zimbabwe in last February so it’s like after a year we are playing a Test match. We were eagerly waiting for it. It’s great to see Test cricket is starting. I think if we can start well then it will be good for us,” Rahi said, after a practice session in Chattogram.
While a few cricketers of Bangladesh provisional Test squad were trying to prove their worth in the three-day practise match against West Indians at the M A Aziz Stadium, the remaining players completed a match scenario practice at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Friday.
Jayed expressed his gratitude towards his Sylhet divisional team for giving him and other two pacers from the same division – Ebadat Hossain and Khaled Ahmed, the opportunity to train during the long layoff.
“We continued our practising at Sylhet Stadium. We tried to figure out our problems. We didn’t think about when the cricket would resume. We wanted to improve in a process,” he said.
“We like to give thanks to Sylhet division. They give us a lot of priority when we represent them in first-class cricket. I think they played a significant role in our getting into the national team,’ he added.