POST TIME: 24 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Taijul hones skills for Afghan Test
The left-arm spinner needs one more to reach 100-wicket milestone

Taijul hones skills for Afghan Test

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo (C) gives some tips to left-spinner Taijul Islam as Mahmudullah Riyad looks on during a practice session at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Thursday. BCB photo

While Bangladesh squad was elapsing a day in rest following their four successive fitness sessions on Friday, left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, considered as a good partner of Shakib Al Hasan in Test, appeared in Mirpur to hone his batting skills and techniques ahead of the one-off Test series against Afghanistan.

Bangladesh will play the Test against neophyte Afghan side in Chattogram, starting on September 5.

Doing his batting practice at net of the national cricket academy of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur, Taijul spoke to media, where he said that they are taking their best preparation for the ensuing home series against Afghanistan.

He also said that they should not be frustrated for losing just one series rather they should keep faith in their ability that could turn things around.

“Look we had won the series just before the World Cup. None of us can assure that every series will go as per our expectations. Anything can happen in cricket. So, I don’t think that we should be upset for losing one series,” said Taijul Islam.

“No one is thinking like that. I think everything will get fine. Every player of us is toiling their best in the camp to turn things around,” Taijul told media at the entrance of the SBNCS after his net batting session.

“As of now cricket is a game of competition, where you have to sustain by competition. I’ve been trying to improve my batting beside my bowling so I can come to help my team when it requires much,” he added.

When asked about his bowling pair with Shakib Al Hasan, the 27-year-old spinner said that Shakib bhai is a great relief for them because he simplifies their task easier in the match.

“Things are always tough without Shakib bhai. He has a wealth of experience and number one all-rounder in the world. So the opposition batsmen play him carefully which creates the chance for the other bowlers like us,” he thought.

“His presence makes our job easier. Shakib bhai will join in the next series which is good news for Bangladesh team,” he added.

Even though Afghanistan are novice in Test cricket, they have some world class spinners, who could pose a great threat to Bangladesh. Taijul said that they do not take them lightly despite being a newcomer in Test but they want to win the match by playing better cricket.

“They are not an easy opponent anymore. Even we should not take them lightly. They have a good spin attack. They’ll try to play their best and seek to win the series,” he said. “At the same time, we will play in our home condition. So, we’ll attempt our best to triumph the series.

When asked about wicket in Afghanistan series, Taijul said that it’s up to the management but they are ready to play on any sort of wicket they get in the ensuing series against Afghanistan.

“We’re quite dark about wickets what types it will be in the next home series against Afghanistan. It is up to the team management,” he viewed.

But as a spinner, I can say that we’re ready to play on any sort of wickets we get in the ensuing series,” he added.

“As like others, I’ve also a dream of playing in ODIs. If the selectors think that I’m able to perform in ODIs, they might think about me. I’ll attempt my best to perform if I get selected for the ODIs,” he replied to a query.

Now Taijul is a wicket away from his 100 wickets in Test. Is he motivated to complete his hundred? In this question, he said that he never plays for individual record rather he always plays to assist Bangladesh for its success.

“I don’t think these things too much. When I get into the field, I try to bag five wickets, six wickets. I don’t play for one wicket. I always think to help the Bangladesh team,” he said.