Whenever someone tries to envisage Bangladesh Premier League, the most prominent thing that comes to the mind is the African players rejoicing with a plethora of goals.
But one Bangladeshi striker Tawhidul Alam Sabuz broke that image having scored thick and fast in the ongoing BPL.
The Chittagong Abahani’s 27-year old striker has struck one goal in each of the four matches so far his side played that took him on the top of the scorer’s list and brought some respect for local strikers after being neglected for years.
The local forwards normally were made to warm the benches by the coaches with the dominance of the foreign players, especially Africans, but with the reduction of foreign quota, they are getting more chances now.
In the previous years, a premier league side could field maximum three foreign players but this time it was reduced to two and Sabuz utilised the opportunity with sheer skill.
Sabuz said that the new decision was giving them the opportunity to showcase their skill and boosted their confidence that he believed would have larger consequences.
‘Local strikers in all the teams are getting the chances to show their performances on the field this year as the foreign player quota has been reduced and it’s a good thing for us,’ Sabuz told New Age on Sunday.
‘I think it will help the national team as it will get more options now. The good thing for us is that till now our local strikers scored more goals than the foreigners,’ he said.
Sabuz had to wait for his chance while playing for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club where he played mostly as a substitute player from 2011 to 2013 as the club relied heavily on their African forwards.
The player left Jamal for Mohammedan in 2014 to get a regular playing opportunity that made him the highest goal scorer among the local players in the previous edition of BPL with eight goals.
Things started getting better when he joined Chittagong Abahani this season.
‘I really feel very well as my team won all the four matches in where I scored all these goals. There could have been no values of my goals if my team ended in a losing side.
Sabuz showed his promises in his early days when he got admitted at BKSP in 2001 and led the different national age level teams in many tournaments.
He finally hit the spotlight when he came as a substitute player for Bangladesh and scored the all-important winning goal in the semi-final encounter against India in 2010 SA Games.
He again found himself in the scorers’ list when he scored one of the four goals against Afghanistan in the final of the same tournament that helped Bangladesh win SA Games gold medal for the second time.
He was soon called for the national team but could not hold his position as he was not a regular face in his Dhanmondi Club in between 2011 to 2013 and he eventually lost his position in the national side.
He was confident to make a comeback in the national side by showing his performances in the league though he knew that he needed to perform more consistently.
‘I am out of national team for two years though I have been called for the conditioning camp. Besides, there are no national team matches in recent days.
‘I’ll give my hundred per cent efforts to make a comeback in the national side showing my performances in the league,’ he said.
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