Bangladesh left-handed top-order batsman Shadman Islam said he felt that he got his confidence back hitting a fifty in the second two-day intra-squad game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Shadman missed the first of these two games but made his inclusion worthy in the second game posting 83 off 99 balls with eight fours and one six. Along with Shadman, number one national opener Tamim Iqbal who also missed the first game hit 64 off 80 with 10 fours.
“I came to play today’s game aiming to bat all day long. But the day was interrupted due to the rain. Coach has instructed us to chase 200 runs in 45 overs. Tamim bhai told me to play in my own way and I did that. Me and Tamim bhai added more than 100 runs in the first wicket stand. I took a little more time at the start of my innings. However, at the end we managed to win the game easily,” Shadman told after the game.
Shadman last played a competitive game last year during Bangladesh’s tour of India. Since then, he had a fight with several injuries. He missed the Zimbabwe series at home due to a hand injury.
“I backed to the field after a gap of 9-10 months. I couldn’t play the first game here so I wanted to take part in the second one. I practised very well before these games. I tried to do well as much as I can. Now, I hit an 80-plus score which helped me get my confidence back,” he added.
Shadman played this game for Ryan Cook XI, who ended up scoring 201 for four in 41.4 overs riding on the fifties of Tamim and Shadman. Nayeem Hasan bagged two wickets for Ottis Gibson XI.
The Tigers are now out of the bio-secure camp for a few days. They will again return to the bio-secure bubble on October 10, and a one-day practice league will begin from October 11 comprising three teams which include players from the national team and high-performance unit of BCB.
Ottis Gibson XI: 248/8 in 72 overs, Imrul 59, Mahmudullah 56, Liton Das 44, Mosaddek 29, Soumya 26; Taskin 3/42, Mithun 2/10, Al Amin 1/36, Saifuddin 1/42, Taijul 1/76
Ryan Cook XI: 201/4 in 41.4 overs, Shadman 83, Tamim 64, Yasir Rabbi 24*, Mushfiqur 11, Nayeem 2/49, Mosaddek 1/21, Rubel 1/33
Source: United News of Bangladesh