Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam on Sunday hoped to make the most of his one-day international come back in the forthcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka to revive his career in shorter formats.
Taijul, who last featured in an ODI match for Bangladesh on September 26, 2016 against Afghanistan in Mirpur, was selected for the Sri Lanka series in place of Sakib al Hasan, who has taken leave from the series citing personal reasons.
Despite being selected as a Sakib’s replacement, Taijul didn’t consider himself as the maverick all-rounder’s replacement, but hoped to try his best if he was picked in the playing XI.
‘I don’t really fit as Sakib Bhai’s replacement. He is the best all-rounder according to world rankings. If I get a chance to play in his place I will try to do well,’ Taijul told reporters in Colombo.
Taijul, who is a regular member of Bangladesh’s Test team with an impressive record of 99 wickets in 24 matches, hasn’t yet made his mark in the shorter format.
Taijul began his ODI career with a bang, claiming 4-11 with a hat-trick against Zimbabwe in Mirpur in December, 2014 to claim the man of the match award.
Since then, Taijul has played just three more ODIs, two against Afghanistan and one against New Zealand, taking only one wicket in those matches.
Taijul has been branded as a spinner for longer format, being overlooked from shorter formats, but this Sri Lanka series gave the 27-year old a chance to resuscitate his ODI career.
Taijul has been in a wicket-taking spree recently, claiming 15 wickets in two four-day matches for the BCB XI in the ongoing ‘Mini Ranji’ tournament in India, which prompted the selectors to bring him back to the ODI side.
Taijul, however, didn’t put too much emphasis on his come back and hoped that the players in the squad will help each other to play to the best of their abilities.
‘We always try to help one another. That’s exactly what we are doing right now. I’m hoping that something good will happen and everyone is also hoping for the same,’ said the 27-year old.
Injury has forced Bangladesh to send a weakened side to Sri Lanka, with regular skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza and pacer Mohammad Saifuddin getting excluded from the side due to their respective injuries.
Taijul claimed that Bangladesh were still a formidable side without these players and hoped to beat Sri Lanka in their own backyard.
‘Our team is in a very good position now. None can say that we are not as good as Sri Lanka. I think the team that plays better will get the better results. So we will all try to play our best game,’ he said.
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