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Three youngsters excited to get into national dressing room

With an eye on the World Cup 2023, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) started their plan to prepare a best possible team for the Tigers. In the first step towards that, the selection panel of BCB announced an 18-member squad for the ODI series against West Indies starting from January 20. They included three new faces for this series, and all of them are very excited to get this chance.

Two of three new faces are pace-bowlers— Hasan Mahmud and Shoriful Islam— while the other one— Mahedi Hasan— is a good batsman who also has the ability to turn the game at any moment with the right-arm off-break bowling.

Mahedi already played four T20Is for the Tigers but he is yet to prove his mettle at the highest level of the game. The 26-year-old allrounder said he is prepared enough to give a try in the most popular format of the game— ODIs.

“I have been working very hard to play for Bangladesh. I am glad that I have already played a few T20Is, now I got the chance for ODIs. I don’t have any pressure. It’s rather an inspiration for me to keep doing well,” Mahedi said in his first reaction after getting selected for the national ODI set-up.

“If I get a chance in the best XI, I will give my all to do well. Since I can do both bowling and batting, I will try to capitalize whatever the opportunity arise along the way,” he added. The Khulna-born allrounder believes the touring West Indies have all the ability to pose a great challenge for the hosts.

Mahedi played 70 List-A matches and grabbed 65 wickets with one four-wicket haul and amassed 987 runs with one century and four half-centuries at an average of 19.35. He also played 41 First-class matches and took 84 wickets along with scoring 2367 runs with four centuries and 12 fifties.

Hasan Mahmud, the 21-year-old right-arm pacer, also made it to the Bangladesh national team after proving a good potential during his age-level cricket and in the domestic circuit.

“I have been cherishing a dream to play for my country from day one of playing cricket. Now I have got the chance. If I got selected in the best XI, I will give my best shot,” Hasan told the media.

Hasan idealizes many local and foreign cricketers, but he said his main source of belief is the current bunch of senior player of Bangladesh team. “I am just looking forward to doing well against West Indies if I get a chance. It’s my first ODI series so I am eager to make it memorable. I know the path is tough to stay longer in the national team. I have to keep my process of playing well up,” Hasan, who born and grown up in Laximpur, further told the media.

In 16 List-A games, Hasan bagged 20 wickets with the best figures of taking three wickets conceding 24 runs. He also played 14 First-class matches and scalped 37 wickets two four-wicket hauls.

Border district Panchagarh-born Shoriful Islam, the tall left-arm pacer, is the newest inclusion in the national set-up. After being called up in the preliminary squad for the first time, he also made to the main squad. His emergence surprised many, but Shoriful has already proved that he has the ability to serve the national team for a longer period of time. He was one of Bangladesh’s main weapon during the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020, which Bangladesh clinched beating India in the final. Shoriful played a pivotal role in the final.

“It’s like dream comes true for me. I always dreamt of share the same dressing room with Mushfiq bhai, Shakib bhai, Riyad bhai, Tamim bhai and Mustafiz bhai. I will try to do well so that I can continue to stay with them. It was a moment of immense pleasure to have selected for the national team. I will definitely try my best if I get a chance in the playing XI,” Shoriful told the media.

“I played some excellent cricket in the BCB President’s Cup and Bangabandhu T20 Cup. If I get a chance in the playing XI, I will try my best to replicate that performance,” he added.

Shoriful played 27 List-A matches till the date and bagged 47 wickets with two four-wicket hauls. He also played eight First-class games and took up 22 wickets with one four-for.

Source: United News of Bangladesh