Sunday, 26 September, 2021

Taskin to back his strength in World T20

Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed on Wednesday said that he will try to back his strength during the upcoming ICC World T20, scheduled to start next month in the UAE and Oman.

“I think the mental shift is very important because the wicket we played here and the wicket that we are expected to have in the T20 World Cup will be different,” Taskin told The Daily Sun on Wednesday.

“I will try to back my strength that is bowling over 140kmph and hit the seam on the right spot and if the wicket is favourable then it will certainly work,” he added.

Bangladesh bowlers dominated against Australia and New Zealand during the recently concluded home series in the low and slow wickets of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and won both the series convincingly.

The host pacers also tested the tourist batsmen with their variations rather than using their pace as that hardly looked effective in the surfaces prepared to bamboozle the opposition.

However, the same trick is very unlikely to work when they travel to Oman and the UAE to play the global tournament as it’s expected to have sporting wickets.

“We will be getting around 10 days to adapt there and prepare while we will be playing three T20 practice games and we are looking forward to it,” said Taskin.

“Whatever the condition is, we have to play according to it. When the wicket is not assisting cutters at that point the length ball and the yorker becomes very important. It will be an ICC event so we have to keep in mind that it will be sporting or flat track.

“It will be challenging for the bowlers but at the same time if we can execute our plans we will have our chances,’ he said, adding that pace bowling coach Ottis Gibson and other members of the team management are preparing their plans for the global event.

The 26-year old pacer also said that he is excited to be part of the Bangladesh team in the global event and want to leave behind the disappointments of the 2016 ICC World T20 in India and the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales.

Taskin was found with suspected bowling action during the last World T20 while he was not picked in the team despite recovering from an injury in 2019.

“Look I don’t want to remember the past and I want to look forward,” said Taskin.

“I’m excited as I have not played in Oman and Dubai so far,” he added.

Taskin’s chest-bump celebration with former skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was one of the talking points during the 2015 World Cup in Australia which was later known as “Mashkin”.

During the last series against New Zealand, Taskin and young pacer Shoriful Islam celebrated in the same manner and some fans already named it “Shokin” and “Tashful” like they did on the previous occasion.

“During the last match Shoriful asked me to have some kind of celebration and I told him that I didn’t do much celebration apart from the one I did with Mashrafe bhai and that is how it turned out in the end against New Zealand,” he concluded.