All-rounder Farhad Reza on Sunday claimed to be content with being a member of Bangladesh’s tri-series winning squad in Ireland despite warming the benches through the entire tournament.
Farhad along with Taskin Ahmed were late inclusions in Bangladesh’s Ireland tour after the team management asked for back-up pacers for the three-nation tournament, but in the end both of them remained unused.
Both of the pacers were also named in the elite players’ camp, which is being conducted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, when they were in Ireland and after returning to Dhaka Farhad joined the camp on Sunday.
Farhad, who last played a one-day international match for Bangladesh in December, 2011, still claimed to be happy with his time in Ireland as the team ended up lifting the trophy.
‘Everything went well. It felt very good. The most important thing is that we were able to play exactly the way we wanted to,’ Farhad told reporters after being asked about his experience in Ireland at the Mirpur Academy Ground.
Farhad, although, did get an opportunity to play in the practice match against Ireland Wolves where he claimed 1-66 and made 15 runs as Bangladesh suffered an embarrassing 88-run defeat.
Bangladesh bounced back in the main tournament, winning all three of their group-stage matches, with one getting washed-out, to reach the final and then beating West Indies on Friday to break their six-match losing streak in multi-team event finals.
Farhad revealed that it was their skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza’s inspiring words which brought out the best from the players.
‘We played very good cricket in all three departments from the beginning. Other than in the practice match as it was very difficult to acclimatise to the cold weather. Then Mashrafee said a few things in the dressing room which boosted up everyone.’ he said.