Bangladesh batsman Nasir Hossain could at last convince the selectors to be recalled in the team as he was picked on Thursday for the forthcoming tri-nation series in Ireland, scheduled to be held in next month.
Nasir, who used to be a regular member of the Tigers’ squad and earned himself a reputation as a finisher, has become
irregular in the side and played his last one-day international back in last October against England at home.
He made a century in the recent Emerging Asia Cup before remaining unbeaten in all three matches so far in the Dhaka Premier League, guiding his side Gazi Cricketers to win in every occasion.
‘I tried to come back in the side. I thank to them, who have selected me because they kept faith on me’, Nasir told reporters in BKSP.
‘I always tried to perform. Getting chance is not the last thing. The main job is to perform after getting the chance,’ said Nasir, who has played 17 Tests, 58 ODIs and 31 T20s for Tigers so far.
Nasir has been one of the popular players among the Bangladesh fans
which were evident in the uproar seen in social media every time he was overlooked.
Nasir thought the support and expectations of the followers may create pressure but it also gives him confidence.
‘It may create pressure but it also gives a lot of confidence. It proves people love me, pray for me. It is a great achievement for me,’ said the 25-year old batsman.
Nasir has not only earned his reputation as a good middle-order batsman but his off-spin bowling also proved to be very useful at times, especially in shorter-versions.
But with Mahmudullah having the same qualities and young Mosaddek Hossain rising with his
credentials, Nasir is no longer a top choice for the role.
However, Nasir claimed he was not thinking about it.
‘I am not thinking about that. Everyone plays for Bangladesh side. The main thing is- I shall try my best if I get chance. I want to cement my place in the side by playing well.’
Naisr was only picked for the tri-nation series but he was not included in the Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held in England in June though seamer Shafiul Islam was back in the side for the tournament.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza was happy to see Nasir back in the side and he thought they got the best probable side and now their job is to play well.
‘Nasir is back in the side which is very important for all. I think we got the best probable side. Our job is to go there and play well,’ said Mashrafee.
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