Bangladesh pace bowler Taskin Ahmed on Saturday expressed his willingness to play in the forthcoming ICC World Cup in the United Kingdom even if it cost him a long career.
Taskin was recovering from a ligament injury he suffered in February while trying to take a catch in the boundary line during a Bangladesh Premier League match for his side Sylhet Sixers’ in Dhaka.
The injury already cost him the Test and one-day international series in New Zealand, where he was recalled after a fine BPL show.
The 23-year old pacer was in top form in BPL where he took 22 wickets in 12 matches before he was sidelined by the injury.
He returned to training on Friday, starting with a running session, which made him optimistic about his chances in the World Cup.
‘To be honest, World Cup is my priority because the World Cup is my dream,’ Taskin told reporters in Mirpur.
‘I don’t know what will happen after waking up tomorrow morning. I am not thinking so long. I’m giving priority to be 100 per cent fit and getting a chance in the World Cup squad. I had played the World Cup 2015 and it is a different satisfaction,’ he added.
Taskin was the prime bowler for Bangladesh during the last ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand four years back when he took highest nine wickets for the Tigers and featured in all six matches they played in the tournament.
Although he played his last ODI for Bangladesh in October 2017 in South Africa and was still struggling with injury, Taskin insisted he would leave no stone unturned to do well in the World Cup if he was given a chance.
‘Still, I feel good recalling the memories of the previous World Cup. The 2019 World Cup is knocking at the door. I will ask everyone to pray for my recovery and health as well as doing well.
‘It will be a different feeling and can’t be explained.’
The right-arm pacer promised to work extremely hard in the next few weeks in order to convince the selectors.
‘It is not in my control whether I will be in the team or not. Only hard work is in my control. That’s what I believe. I believe if I work hard, the performance will be good,’ he said.
Taskin said he would start bowling from this month and according to his plan, he wanted to make his return to cricket through the Super League of the ongoing Dhaka Premier League.
Taskin, who was in players’ draft list, was not picked by any 12 participating teams of DPL but he was likely to join any of the top six teams of Super League stage provided he regained his fitness.
‘If everything goes according to plan, I will start bowling this month. I would like to start playing from the Super League stage. If the process goes right I may return earlier. But I really want to complete the rehab properly,’ he added.
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