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POST TIME: 1 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Ariful vows to emulate seniors
His long term goal is to find a place in World Cup team
Sports Reporter

Ariful vows to emulate seniors

Ariful Haque focuses on fielding during a practice session at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. BCB Photo

Lower-order batsman Ariful Haque, one of the relatively new members of the current Bangladesh team stresses on to cultivate a culture and mentality to support the senior batsmen in a bid to take the team a good stead.

While the senior players have been performing relentlessly, the new players in the team couldn’t give adequate support, raising a question whether Bangladesh will be in safe hands after the retirement of those performers.

Ariful also thinks that if they could come out of the current stereotype trend and contribute to the team’s causes then the ratio of the team’s success will be increased further and give the team management a mental boost that the team will be in safe hands.

“It’s true that the senior five players we have in the team they are actually performing for the team now. The contribution from the juniors is comparatively less than them,” Ariful Haque, who earned his maiden call in one-day after T20 cricket for his sublime finishing intent what he showcased mostly in the Bangladesh Premier League, said yesterday.

“We want to come out of this trend. The new and junior players of the team want to perform with the same pace of the seniors,” he added.

 The batsman, who did not get chance to bowl in international stage though he regularly bowls at domestic circuit, said that they have set a strategy to evolve through the Asia Cup match by match to reach their ultimate target of championship.  

 “Our thinking is to evolve through the tournament match by match. We’ve first match against Sri Lanka and then Afghanistan. We’re now analyzing the first team of Sri Lanka what is their strength and weakness. We’ll do the same thing for Afghanistan,” he also said.

Ariful, who played so far six Twenty20 Internationals after stepping into international cricket in February 2018, said that he focuses only on him and if he does his own job perfectly he will then be happy.

“I think only myself and my role in the team. I think how I could give my best or contribute to the team.”

“I like Twenty20 most what I told earlier. But one-day is a place for performing and T20 is a format of hitting only. Actually it’s a game of powerplay. Probably I got chance in one-two matches in T20 to make big score. But I didn’t do it.”

The 25-year-old batsman said that he dreams to play in World Cup if he gets chance and performs well, his dream to play in World cup will be easier for him.  

“World Cup is always a dream of a player,” he said.

“Asia Cup is a big stage prior to the World Cup. If I could perform, it would then be easier for me to get chance of playing in the next extravaganza event. I’ve a dream to play in the World Cup,” he also said.

When asked about his bowling other than batting, Rangpur-born Ariful said, “I’ve bowled a lot at domestic cricket. I do so also in first class cricket. But I am yet to bowl for the national team. Actually when you don’t get chance to do then there is nothing to say to how you have performed.”

“It will be understood when I will bowl in international cricket and then it’s possible to say how I should have bowled or how I have to bowl. I’m now working on it. When I will bowl I can properly get to know where I have lacking after which I could tell you exactly,” he added.