Leg-Spinner Tanveer Haider said on Saturday that he was astonished to get a call-up in the national fold but he is confident he will hold his position with hard work.
Tanveer was included in the 20-member Bangladesh squad which will make a camp in Australia ahead of their New Zealand tour that will take place in the late December.
Leg-spin is considered as the most difficult craft in cricket and Bangladesh have been searching for a quality leg-spinner to strengthen their side but with no avail.
Though the skill may earn many wickets and creates the difference but at the same time leg-spinners become a liability rather than an asset if they struggle to maintain their accuracy.
Bangladesh cricket was excited to get young leggie Jubair Hossain, who made his Test debut at the age of 19, but soon the hope was evaporated as the young prodigy failed to keep up to his expectation.
The 24-year old Tanveer is aware of the fate of Jubair and he said Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, who is impressed with his bowling, asked him to work hard to cement his place in the side.
‘Every time I talked with the coach he asked me to work hard’, said Tanveer.
Tanveer has become a prolific figure in the domestic circuit with his all-round capacity as he also has the batting average of over 34 in his 47-match first-class career so far but he almost lost hope to get a call in the national side.
Tanveer visited South Africa for BCB Academy side back in 2010 at the age of 18 and thought that was the ladder for him to ascend in the international level but things did not turn out in that way.
Since then he never got a call-up in the highest level but he impressed the coach in last month at a practice match against England when he picked up four wickets to showcase his skill.
But Tanveer said that was not for the first time Hathurusinghe was impressed with him but he thought he did not have enough opportunity in domestic league.
‘It was not that the coach saw me for the first time in the England match. He first saw me in the High Performance camp and asked me to work hard’, added Tanveer.
‘But as you know the leg-spinners are the wicket taking bowlers and tend to be more expensive than others. In our domestic cricket teams prefer the economical bowlers over the wicket-taking ones and that is why I got less opportunity to bowl.’
Unlike Jubair, Tanveer was determined to play in the domestic league and also focus on his batting, scoring six centuries and made over 2,000 runs, and that rises the hopes that he will not be faded away.
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