Leg-spinner Aminul Islam had no idea about what was coming for him after Bangladesh conceded a 25-run defeat against Afghanistan in their second match of ongoing tri-nation Twenty20 series on Sunday.
The 19-year old got a call from Shohel Islam, the interim spin-coach of Bangladesh national team, who informed him about some good news, though he didn’t specify what it was all about.
On the following day, he again got a call and this time it was from a Bangladesh Cricket Board official, who congratulated him and told him that he was called into the Bangladesh national team.
‘Sabbir [Khan, cricket operations manager of BCB] Bhai congratulated me over the phone and informed me that I was called in the national team. I was so happy that I could not sleep well that night. Maybe it happened because it was the first time,’ Aminul told reporters in Chattogram on Thursday.
The fairytale of Aminul didn’t end only here as he was named in the playing XI in Bangladesh’s next league game against Zimbabwe in Chattogram on Wednesday and he made his presence felt straightway with a brilliant bowling performance in his debut match.
Despite being the youngest member of the side, Aminul finished with 2-18, the best bowling figure as a Bangladeshi bowler in the match that helped the hosts clinch a 39-run win over Zimbabwe to secure their place in the final.
Although Aminul made it to the national team in a dramatic manner, he had delivered decent performances since he made his List A debut last year and also had done well for Bangladesh A and Bangladesh Emerging Team in their recent series.
Known mostly for his ability with the bat, Aminul scored 440 runs for BKSP in the last edition of Dhaka Premier League and had played mostly as a batsman in domestic and age-level circuits.
However, his leg-spin attracted the selectors most and Bangladesh’s recent batting debacle against Afghan leg-spinners made his selection faster.
However, Aminul said he had just one thing to focus – perform when he would get any chance and he delivered it when it mattered most for him.
On Wednesday, Aminul was brought into the attack in the seventh over of Zimbabwe innings and it didn’t take him long to get his maiden international wicket as he dismissed Tinotenda Mutombodzi only in his third ball of international cricket.
Aminul was unable to show that much of spin but he consistently bowled in good areas which bore fruit in his next over as he trapped Hamilton Masakadza plumb after the batsmen missed his sweep.
The 19-year old said he was a bit nervous in the initial part of the match but got back his confidence after getting advises from the senior players.
‘I was nervous in the initial period. But experienced people like Sakib [al Hasan] Bhai, Riyad [Mahmudullah] Bhai gave me the confidence and told me not to worry. After that automatically the confidence comes back. I just tried to hold it strongly,’ he said.
Aminul was, however, became a doubt to show similar performance against Afghanistan in their match on Saturday as he injured his non-bowling hand and received three stitches after the match.
‘Masakadza hit a bowl straight and I tried to save it but was unsuccessful in my attempt. It hurt my hand. I got three stitches,’ he said.
‘The pain is not currently that much as it was previously. I will do whatever physio will tell me,’ he added.
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