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20 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Sabbir keeps Tigers ahead of Afghans

Sports Reporter
Sabbir keeps Tigers ahead of Afghans
Bangladesh dashing batsman Sabbir Rahman takes a break from practice session to talk with media at BCB Academy ground in the capital yesterday. BCB PHOTO

It may sound palpably ridiculous but the six months ban from the domestic cricket came as a blessing in disguise for Sabbir Rahman as the time out from the cricket gave him the mental and physical space what he badly needed.

Sabbir said he got an ample opportunity to work with his fitness and batting technique, something which was not possible if he would have been in the cricket. Additionally, he said, he got some mental refreshment by spending more time with his family. But what gave him more satisfaction that he was with his mother when she was ill, a duty towards the ailing mother a cricketer hardly could manage from his busy schedule.

“I missed BCL, domestic cricket, premier league but I think, to be out of the cricket, is not a big matter because I could work with my fitness, batting technique, something which I couldn’t do intensively if I would have been in the continuous cricket. So it’s a blessing in disguise for me,” Sabbir said yesterday at the National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur.

“The good thing was that I could spend more time with my family. My mother was ill and this time I was able to accompany her. This was the best thing for me.”

In January Sabbir Rahman has had his central contract revoked for assaulting a young cricket fan who taunted him during a NCL match. The 26-year-old was also slapped with a six-month ban from the domestic game and a fine of two million taka ($24,000) over the incident. The national contract for Bangladeshi players went into effect on January 1, 2018.

During an innings break, the middle-order batsman went behind the sightscreen and beat the boy. He was also under fire for arguing with the match referee when he was called for a hearing.

For a batsman who was believed to be established him as the dependable batsman very soon alongside the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman most of the time found him in the headline for a wrong reason. And at the same time, he could never be as consistent as the likes of Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiqur, something which prevented him from growing as a matured version batsman.

“What I understood, you have to score runs. If you score runs, it means your technique is good. I say it because when sometimes I got out despite playing a good shot, people raise question about my technique. So I got it that you have to score always,” Sabbir remarked.

“Confidence is the big thing. If you are confident about yourself, you can take the challenge. For me, every day is a challenging. I think when I will get the opportunity, I need to grab it with both hands.”

Even though Sabbir didn’t play any domestic cricket, something which cost him 5 million BDT, he was regular feature in Bangladesh’s international match. And he didn’t fare badly. In fact his 50 ball-77 in the Nidahas Trophy T20 final against India is considered as one of the best T20 knock by any Bangladeshi batsman.

“That innings was a confidence booster, specially when my cricketing life was in tumultuous situation,” Sabbir opined.

With Afghanistan series coming up, Sabbir simply wants to replicate the form, “I want to continue from where I left. I worked hard in the last two months after the Nidahas Trophy. I want to show my improvement against Afghanistan.”

Like Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir also termed Afghanistan spinners as the main threat but believed Bangladesh are still ahead of the Afghans because of the experience and temperament.

“They are very strong team, specially their spinners have been in the good form. But we have the experience, we have players like Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim who are genuine match winner. So I think we are ahead of them.”

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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