Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed crying in front of media was one of the most talked about points when BCB announced the squad for the 2019 World Cup. He was returning from injury and claimed that he was ready to take the field but the selectors weren’t willing to take any chances.
He made his debut during the T20 World Cup in 2014 and did well but had to quit midway from the 2016 edition in India after his action was reported. Moreover, his remodeled action didn’t reap any benefits for him and a dip in form led to him not being in the national reckoning.
However, Taskin has fought his way back in the team and will play a crucial role for Bangladesh in the World Cup. “I don’t live in the past. It’s disappointing (not to play in those World Cups) but I cannot change it and don’t want to lose my sleep over it. Basically I don’t want to remember the past and I want to look forward,” he said while speaking to Cricbuzz.
Taskin Ahmed hasn’t played in Oman and UAE before but feels Bangladesh reaching early for the qualifiers will get the team prepared for the mega event. He also believes that unlike back home, the pitches in the UAE and Oman will have something in it for the pacers at least early in the tournament.
“I am really excited to make the World Cup team though I have not played in Oman and Dubai so far. I didn’t play the last two series due to the conditions but I was able to play the last game. I think the mental shift is very important because of the wicket that we played on here and the wicket that we are expected to have in the T20 World Cup will be different.
“I will try to back my strength that is bowling over 140kmph and hit the seam on the right spot, and if the wicket is favourable then it will certainly work,” the fast bowler added.