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Newcomers eyeing to utilise opportunities

  • Atif Azam from Chattogram
  • 25 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Newcomers eyeing to utilise opportunities

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The two new uncapped Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Rejaur Rahman Raja are keen to make their mark at the international level as they began training with the seniors for the first time in their life.

Mahmudul, a right-hand batsman who was part of the under-19 team that won the World Cup in 2020, and later, he played for Chattogram Division in the National Cricket League where he scored back-to-back hundreds in the last two matches.

On the other hand, Rejaur was lucky to get drafted in the Test squad because of Taskin Ahmed's misfortune who injured his bowling hand while playing in the third T20I of the series against Pakistan and he needed stitches.

Rejaur was part of the training camp in Chattogram and he was called in to avoid further complexity due to the managed event environment protocol in this pandemic time.

Sylhet Division have been the key producer of speedsters in the national team in the last five years and Rejaur is the next in line after Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain and Khaled Ahmed who all hailed from the North-Eastern part of the country.

“I am inspired by the seniors especially Rahee Bhai (Abu Jayeed), Ebadat (Hossain) Bhai, Khaled (Ahmed) Bhai who motivated me to be a pace bowler. I love to take challenges,” Rejaur told the media, adding that he started to play cricket with the taped tennis ball and after doing well in a local tournament he was spotted by local coaches.

“There was a taped tennis ball tournament in our locality. I played there, after seeing me bowl some local senior cricketers told me that I did well and I should join them in the training with a cricket ball in the stadium. I joined them and felt that I can do well in cricket too,” he said.

For Mahmudul, it was business as usual as he said that he is eyeing to grab the opportunity if it comes his way.

Mahmudul hailed from Chandpur, a district of Chattogram Division and he represented the home side in the NCL where he has played only six matches so far but that was enough to get him a call in the national side.

“There is nothing special about Chattogram, senior brothers are there (Mominul Haque, Test captain; Naim Hassan), everyone is very helpful. I played the last couple of series together,” Mahmudul said.

“I have played some good knocks in the NCL. I am now very confident. Earlier I have also played a couple of good innings for the High-Performance team and A team. I am ready to take on the challenges for the upcoming days,” he concluded.