Taskin banks on fitness, extreme pace to make a comeback
BSS, Dhaka :
Bangladesh's promising fast bowler Taskin Ahmed is eyeing to return to national fold as he felt that he gained the necessary fitness and the pace that ensures a fast bowler would thrive in the international cricket.
The lack of fitness, decline of pace, injury, off-form and disciplinary issue, according to Taskin, were key reasons behind his exclusion from the national team.
"I felt myself fitter than any other time and regained the pace, which was fallen significantly due to my lack of fitness and injury," Taskin told BSS on Tuesday.
The right-arm pacer played his last Test and ODI in 2017, while his last T20 was in 2018. He, however, was included in the squad to play the 2019 World Cup after showing a magnificent performance in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) that year, but an unfortunate injury ruled out him finally.
Taskin sets Dhaka Premier League (DPL), the country's prime List A tournament, as the platform to make national comeback again but this time around the coronavirus outbreak, halted his march.
"As I am fit, no point of compromising with pace for the sake of line and length. I believe the good fitness will give me the freedom to maintain pace and line and length simultaneously. So when I have the fitness and pace, I am confident enough."
A bowler with natural pace and aggression, Taskin made a lightening debut in international cricket by claiming a five-wicket haul against a mighty India side in 2014. Bangladesh though lost the match, Taskin showed he could be the next Mashrafe Bin Mortaza in the team.