Soumya backs new players to make the difference

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Feb 13,2018

 
 

Bangladesh cricket team players (from L-R) Zakir Hasan, Ariful Haque, Mahedi Hasan and Abu Jayed are seen during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar on Monday said that the addition of fresh players in the Twenty20 squad would help the Tigers to perform well in the two-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka starting on January 15.
The Tigers suffered a crushing 215-run defeat against the Islanders in the second Test to lose the two-match Test series 1-0 after they also lost the tri-series final against the same opponent last month.
The team management and selectors brought a bunch of young uncapped players, who performed in the recent Bangladesh Premier League for the respective franchises, for the two-match Twenty20 series to change their fate.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Zakir Hasan, pacer Abu Jayed and all-rounders Ariful Haque, Mahedi Hasan and Afif Hossain were selected in the side for the first time while pacer Abu Hider made his comeback into the squad after ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016.
Soumya was optimistic that their failures in the Test and tri-series would not make any effect on the young-bloods and was confident to make a turnaround with them.
‘If we keep thinking about those failures it will definitely affect our game. There are some new faces in our Twenty20 squad who are not thinking these things,’ Soumya told reporters in Mirpur.
‘I don’t think they have such things on their minds. Those who will play without taking those in mind will win the series.’
The 24-year old batsman was axed from the ODI and Test squad recently for his inconsistent performance for the past few months despite performing on a regular basis in the shortest format of the game.
Soumya claimed that he had worked on few other things with his domestic coaches during the time he was out of the national team.
‘I’ve worked on my fitness and apart from that I practiced some different things with my previous coach [Rousu]. I worked with Ashik sir of Prime Bank too.
‘I think of staying positive in Twenty20s and maybe this is why I performed there. If I can continue that thing it will work on my favour.
‘Now I will play in Twenty20s, and will try to perform well in both of the matches. And I will definitely try to stay with the T20 squad by performing well,’ he added. 

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