Including on the World Cup-19 squad over Taskin Ahmed surprised Abu Jayed too. Accordingly, Bangladesh Cricket Board declared a fifteen men squad for upcoming ICC World Cup-19 with a full bag of surprises.
Abu Jayed replaced Taskin Ahmed
As Taskin Ahmed, the reliable pacer missed the New Zealand tour due to an ankle injury. Though he was a prime contender to make it into the squad as the fifth pace bowler. There was also Shafiul Islam, managed to get some media mileage, both considered to be experienced campaigners and right fits for a big tournament like the World Cup-19.
While Taskin failed to impress the selectors with his fitness. Shafiul Islam’s form was not satisfactory and that clarified the way for Abu Jayed. A seasoned domestic campaigner to find a berth in the squad for the World Cup-19. He set to be staged in England from May 30.
Abu Jayed definitely happy to be in the squad
Abu Jayed is definitely happy to be in the squad and surprised as well, “Naturally it was surprising I played well in two matches of DPL in this (very) field recently and I felt I could have been in the 20-member preliminary squad. So I was surprised when I heard that I am in the 15-member squad.”
Abu Jayed committed to taking the challenge, “I am playing cricket for the last 10 years and during this time, had the opportunity to play a lot of cricket at different levels. So don’t think it will be a big problem.”
Abu Jayed revealed his plan and the ability, “I got appreciated for my ability to swing the ball even by some of the leading batsmen in New Zealand [during the last series], who believed that if I can work on it I have a good chance of turning into a good bowler. Recently Mashrafe Bhai [ODI Captain] told me that he is also optimistic about my ability to swing the ball.”
Finally, Abu Jayed expressed his hope to be in the playing eleven, “It’s nice to be picked in the 15-member squad but now the challenge is to make a place in the playing XI and repay back the faith shown by the team management.”
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Therefore, Including on the World Cup-19 squad over Taskin Ahmed surprised Abu Jayed too. Hope the pacer will flash on his own ability on the biggest Cricket Tournament.