B’desh see no dearth of pace bowlers

Atif Azam | Published: 22:18, Nov 01,2016


Taskin Ahmed

Bangladesh will not face huge challenge when they will play Test matches in abroad as they have sufficient pace bowlers in their repertoire to exploit foreign conditions, said selectors on Tuesday.
Tigers’ maiden series win against England on the back of spin-laden bowling attack received all sorts of credit as the hosts played to their strength taking home advantage to the fullest.
Debutant Mehedi Hasan and experienced Sakib al Hasan did not make any mistake to exploit the weakness of English batsmen against spinners in the turning tracks of sub-continent.
Tigers scripted their biggest success against a major cricketing nation through defeating England by 108 runs to level the two-match Test series but whether they will be able to do the same on green-tops remains as a question.
Bangladesh took only one pacer, Kamrul Islam, in the second Test in Dhaka only to give him just three overs in the total match, which helped raise the doubt.
National selector Habibul Bashar brushed aside all kinds of
doubt raised with their pacers as he believed they have got enough fast bowlers with the ability to shine abroad.
Bashar believed left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman and right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed will perform very well in the two-match Test series in New Zealand.
‘I don’t think we will face any problem as far as pace bowlers are concerned,’ Bashar told New Age on Tuesday.
‘We are confident Mustafiz will be back while we are hoping Taskin will be another one keen to show his talent.
‘We had waited a long time for Taskin and there is no bar fitness-wise for him to participate in Tests,’ said Bashar.
Ahead of the opening Test against England coach Chandika Hathurusinghe got angry when selectors picked Taskin to play a two-day match to see how he fare in the longer version.
Hathurusinghe argued that Taskin still lacked the fitness to stay 90 overs in the field in a day and he should gradually reach to the level by playing domestic first-class matches.
Bashar said apart from Taskin and Mustafiz there few other pacers as well who may spring surprise in helpful New Zealand condition.
‘We have got few other talented pace bowlers who can be one of our finds in New Zealand as the condition will help them to give their best,’ said Bashar.
England skipper Alastair Cook was the first person to point fingers on the ability of the hosts’ pace attack as he did not have the chance to see enough in the series.
‘They [Tigers] will find it hard on bouncy wickets. But in these conditions they’re a good start,’ Cook told reporters at the press conference after first Test.
Tigers opted to play two pace bowlers in the opening Test as debutant Kamrul Kamrul Islam joined experienced Shafiul Islam.
Things turned from bad to worse as Shafiul was left out of the side prior to the second Test and was replaced by uncapped Subashis Roy.
It made the two pacers available for Dhaka Test with a collective experience of just one Test.
Selectors ignored Rubel Hossain and Al-Amin Hossain for the entire series but Bashar said they may return for New Zealand trip.
Pace bowling all-rounder Alahuddin Babu is another cricketer that BCB sources said selectors were considering.
Tigers will tour New Zealand in December for a full fledged series comprised with three one-day internationals, three Twenty20 internationals along with a two-match Test series.

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