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Nasir aims to cement his place in nat’l team

Published on: 11:55 am - Monday | July 17, 2017

Bangladesh all-rounder Nasir Hossain (L) along with other cricketers attend a fitness training session at the BCB Academy gymnasium in the capital yesterday.

He practices hard to regain his place

Nasir Hossain established himself as an effective performer of Bangladesh team within a short span of time after being stepped into international arc by his dexterity with bat and ball along with his electrifying fielding.

But he could not consolidate his position in the national fold for the last two years. Last time Nasir played his Test against the high-ranked South Africa in 2015. Even he was seen in one-day against the top-notch England in October 2016 after being played against Zimbabwe in 2015. Thereafter he of course played in tri-nation series in Ireland in May, 2017.

Now, he is determined to return to the national team yet again and works seriously so that he could cement his position in the team. “It’s true that I’m out of the national for a long time. But the target is not that I will do this and that. Now I’m practicing with the team. This is my biggest duty what I’m doing seriously,” said Nasir Hossain.

“But the matter of selection is not in my hand. Even I have no control over breaking into the team. As a player I’m doing my own works and the rest things bank on the team management,” Hossain told reporters after their fitness training yesterday.

“If you will be there you can take 17, 18 or 20 more players. You would have taken one dropping someone. I have faith that the way I have been playing if I could continue it then I could enter into the team again,” he added.

The position he used to bat in the national side, Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Hossain Rumman and Mosaddek Hossain Saikat are now batting at that position. It will be challenging for him to make his place.

“I don’t think I have any competitor. No one is competitor in the national team. Now those, who are playing better cricket I pray for them so that they can play better further,” the all-rounder said.

“All can’t perform better regularly in the national team if wishes. Actually the place of the national team is for all and will always be opened. If I could play better then the opportunity will come,” he also said.  In domestic circuit, the right-handed all-rounder batted at fourth position but he bats at sixth position in the national fold. In this regard, Rangpur-born lad said that the sixth position is suitable for him.

“I think my best batting position in the national team is sixth and that is suitable for me. I have batted at four because there is no scope for big scoring while batting in sixth position and so I batted at four in premier league,” Nasir explained.

Many occasions Nasir made headlines for his off-field performance. For this he was criticized by all fronts. The storm of criticism has been raised on social media but when he would not remain in the team, his fans and well-wishers animadvert the selectors, coaches and the cricket board. His popularity in Bangladesh is after Mashrafe Bin Mortaza despite having so many off-field scandals.

“I don’t know why people love me much. It’s a great accomplishment of me from the people. Everybody does not achieve this thing what I got. I am grateful to them all. I’ll try my best to pay them back what they expect from me. I am now in fitness camp for that,” the 25-year-old said.

He said that when he is in the field, such things do not arise in his mind.

“I don’t read newspaper. It is the same whether I am in Facebook or not. Actually when I am in field, such news does not hamper my concentration,” he said.

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