Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohmmad Mithun on Sunday said that his main target would be cementing his place in the national side after being named in the 15-member Bangladesh squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup.
The six-nation tournament is scheduled to be held in United Arab Emirates from September 15-28.
Mithun, who played only three one-day internationals, 13 Twenty20s in his four-year international career, had performed exceptionally well in domestic cricket and his recent success with Bangladesh ‘A’ team in Ireland paved him a way to get a national team call-up once again.
The 27-year old cricketer, who made his international debut in 2014, earlier failed to provide any significant performance for the national side which made him face axe on several times despite being picked in the squad.
‘Actually nobody only wants to get a place in the national side. He also wants to contribute for the team and for himself whenever he gets the opportunity to play,’ Mithun told reporters at Mirpur.
‘Everyone wants to cement his place and so am I. We also can try to make our career a decent one,’ he added.
Mithun had a modest outing in the last Dhaka Premier League, scoring 363 runs in 14 innings for champions Abahani Limited while he scored 191 runs against Ireland Wolves at an average of 63.67 in Bangladesh ‘A’ team’s recent Ireland tour.
The right-handed batsman said that he wanted to use the best of the opportunity and was not thinking about the past.
‘It is difficult to get something good if you only think about the past. Past is past. When I will get the next opportunity, I will try my best to use it completely,’ he said.
Mithun, who earlier, played as a top-order batsman in domestic and international circuit revealed that he was ready to play in any spot where the team management would like to see him play.
‘When it comes about national team, there is nothing other you can focus on. Every person has his target but it is not necessary that he can meet his target,’ he said.
‘I have to be ready to play in any place for the sake of the team. Wherever I play, I will try to give my 100 per cent which can help my team to win.’
Mithun was also positive of his new role at lower middle-order and was optimistic to get success in that spot.
‘From the beginning of my career I have tried to play positively. I don’t take too long to become set at the crease,’ said Mithun.
‘I always look to rotate the strike when I come to bat and maintain the pace of scoring rate. It is important to rotate the strike when I came to bat at No 6 or 7.
‘There will be less time to get set at lower middle order. You need a strike-rate of 110-115, 120 or 130 at number seven. The demand for that position could be different according to the scenario of the match. I think batting with a run-rate like that will be helpful,’ he added.
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