All-rounder Nasir Hossain believes it is an eternal truth that fame and infamy run hand-in-hand and one cannot be adored by each and every other person.
Nasir, who made his international debut at the age of 19 in 2011, has been in and out of the national side in recent years and his inclusion and omission have been one of the most discussed issues in social media.
Nasir, who has the Test average of 37.34, the fourth best by a Bangladeshi after Mominul Haque, Sakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, played last of his 17 Tests way back in 2015 in rain-interrupted series against South Africa.
But his followers make clamour throughout the social media not much for his emission from longer version but for his omission from the national side in the shorter version games.
Reputed as the ‘finisher’, Nasir once was one of the most important members of the side for his batting at number six, bowling accurate off-spin and being one of the agilest fielders.
But in 2017 he has played just one-day internationals, the last match against New Zealand in the Ireland tri-series, where he got two wickets but did not have the opportunity to bat, and has not played a single Twenty20 International.
There are some stiff competitions for the place of spinning all-rounder for Tigers as apart from experienced Mahmudullah the young talents like Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain and Sabbir Rahman are constantly performing well.
Speculation is wide that Nasir is being continuously ignored by the team management, not for his form, rather for his lack of personal discipline.
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan also hinted on quite a few occasion that Nasir has some disciplinary issues
But the all-rounder accepted the infamy with the fame though he was not very clear why he was out of the side.
‘Those who earn good name also must face the infamy as well, this is an eternal truth,’ Nasir on Sunday during the ongoing conditioning camp in Mirpur.
‘One cannot be adored by everyone else. As a matter of fact, I do not read newspapers and Facebook is just full of personal news. When you are in the field these things do not exist in your head,’ he added.
However, he also acknowledged the massive amount of support that he received from his fans.
‘It is a big achievement for me to get love from people. Not everyone gets it. I got it. So I am grateful. They keep faith on me and I am trying my best in this practice camp, fitness camp so that I get a chance in the national team and fulfil their expectations.’
‘I am not so sure why I am dropped. Team management cannot take 17, 18 or 20 players. They must omit some. But I have the faith if I keep my form going I will get a chance in the national team,’ said Nasir, who scored 480 runs in eight matches at 240 in the last Dhaka Premier League.
‘I do not feel I have any competitor in the national side or anybody is a competitor for anybody else. I pray so that the players, who are playing in the national side, play even better. But the national team is open all the time for all. If one plays well the chances must come,’ he said.
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