Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

Will Shamim remain as one match wonderboy?

It didn’t take much time for Bangladesh’s young T20 batting prodigy Shamim Hossain to see two sides of the same coin.

The 21-year-old made his national team debut last year against Zimbabwe in the shortest format and he stole all the limelight soon by scoring two brilliant destructive knocks of 29 and 31 not out against the hosts.

All of a sudden, Shamim started to be considered the next big thing in the country’s T20 cricket after those innings (the last one came in a winning cause).

The team management was so impressed with one particular innings of Shamim which won Bangladesh the series 2-1 and it literally helped him make a cut into the ICC T20 World Cup squad although he failed to deliver in the same manner during the home series against Australia and New Zealand respectively.

According to sources at that time, skipper Mahmudullah and head coach Domingo backed Shamim in the World Cup selection table and they were also ready to choose him ahead of Tamim Iqbal when there was only one spot left to fill the 15-member squad.

Tamim eventually opted to stay away from the T20 World Cup after learning about the mindset of the captain and coach regarding him in the shortest format.

Shamim could play only two matches in that World Cup where he scored only 11 and 19 runs respectively against South Africa and Australia and after the home series against Pakistan following the World Cup, he was left out from the national team.

When the Bangladesh T20 side is preparing for another T20I series in Zimbabwe, the left-hander is currently sweating hard in the High Performance Unit in order to get back to the national team radar.

Shamim has recently been ignored in the Bangladesh ‘A’ team for their upcoming tour of West Indies next month and it only validated the fact that he is not being considered in the second string side of the country although chief selector Minhajul Abedin said otherwise.

“He (Shamim) is not out of our radar and we are nursing him in the High Performance Unit,” Minhajul told Daily Sun on Wednesday.

“After completing the nursing we will see how he performed…He didn’t play well in the one-day matches (against Bangladesh A team). There is an across-format series between HP and Bangladesh Tigers in the coming days and we have to see how he performs there.

“He will have to make a comeback in the national set-up after putting up a good performance,” he concluded.

Shamim seemed to be highly dejected with his current state but insisted that he would try his best to get back to the national team.

“I’m a junior player and I don’t have anything to say,” Shamim told The Daily Sun when his attention was drawn to his exclusion from the national set-up.

“When I was not picked in the national team, I thought I would be picked in the A team for the upcoming tour of West Indies as there are one-day matches. But I was not picked there either.

“I also felt that I have a chance to go to Zimbabwe with the national team because I played well there. As they were sending a young team, I thought I had a chance but eventually found out that I was not even considered there.

 “Now I understand wherever I play, I have to perform to get into the national team and that is my primary target at the moment,” he concluded.