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Jayed smells a rat in selection policy

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 26 April, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh pacer Abu Jayed has recently been excluded from the Test squad for the upcoming opening Test of the two-match series against Sri Lanka, scheduled to be held in Chattogram next month.

Selectors claimed that they needed pacers who can actually bowl at a speed of 135-140kmph consistently in the Tests in order to get a result in their favour both in the home and away conditions.

Jayed, who isn’t much known for producing such pace-bowling, however, felt that it wasn’t about his pace, there could be another story on his exile from the Test team.

“I’ve taken 34 (actually 30) wickets in 13 matches with this pace. I don’t understand from where this realization has suddenly appeared,” a frustrated Jayed told The Daily Sun on Monday.

“Only pace can’t work nowadays, swing is also needed. During our stint at the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy (in Cape Town), one of the pace bowling coaches told me that I don’t need too much fast bowling. If I can swing the ball and bowl at 130kmph speed, it can be as good as 140kmph.

“I’ve taken 10 wickets in the last two Tests in Mirpur with this pace. I don’t think pace bowling is the issue here. There can be another story in this matter,” he added.

Jayed, who is a familiar name in the Bangladesh Test squad in the last few years and was also part of Bangladesh’s recent two away tours to New Zealand and South Africa, failed to get any match to play over there although they played a total of four Tests.

 The 28-year-old right-arm pacer last played a Test against Pakistan in Chattogram in November last year where he remained wicketless in both the innings of the match. He also failed to get any wicket during Bangladesh’s last Test tour (a two-match series) in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.