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Rabbi: Shakib irreplaceable, I want to play my way

  • Published at 02:28 pm October 15th, 2018
Bangladesh's Fazle Rabbi reacts during training in Dhaka Monday Dhaka Tribune

Fazle Rabbi believes Shakib al Hasan is irreplaceable and said he will try to play in his own style and make valuable contributions for the team in order to win matches for Bangladesh

Bangladesh team started their training camp at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Monday ahead of the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. 

The 15 cricketers who were called up for the series took part in the training camp under the guidance of head coach Steve Rhodes and pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh. The first day of the camp began with the fitness and skill session in the morning and finished with fielding session in the afternoon. 

Newcomer Fazle Rabbi Mahmud has been picked as an alternative for the injured all-rounder Shakib al Hasan. Selector Habibul Bashar informed that left-handed batsman Rabbi can bat in the No 3 position and can also be useful with his left-arm spin. 

Rabbi however, believes Shakib is irreplaceable and said he will try to play in his own style and make valuable contributions for the team in order to win matches for Bangladesh.

“Shakib bhai is irreplaceable. I am mainly a batting all-rounder. But I can bowl if my team need. If I get the chance then definitely I will try to play the role usually Shakib bhai does for the national team. But I will try to do it in my own way, because Shakib bhai is unique,” Rabbi informed to the media in Mirpur Monday.   

Rabbi said he stopped playing cricket at one stage in his professional career and started another job. But later, he turned his focus to cricket again, and started enjoyed the game more.   

“I am enjoying my first day at the national team camp. I am just focusing on my own performance. At one stage of my career, I was not playing well. And also my studies were being hampered. So I thought maybe I should build my career in other profession. But after doing job for a few months I realised that it would be tough for me to stay away from cricket,” he said. 

“Later, I started playing again, and I played with an open mind. There was no pressure on me then. I enjoyed my game and that’s why I performed well. After that, my mentality changed and my game improved. So now I am not worried about my game. I just want to play with less pressure and that’s it,” he added.  

Rabbi earned a national call-up at the age of 30 and his fitness level has been impressive. He is of the opinion that age is not a factor as long as a player performs well, and maintains good fitness level. 

“I have performed well in the recent premier league. If I was more fit then I could have scored 800-850 rather than 700. Luckily I got a call-up to Bangladesh A team after that. There was a fitness camp for around two and a half months and that helped me a lot. Few people may talk about my age but I believe if I maintain good fitness and perform well then age is not a factor,” he said. 

The confident all-rounder also believes debuting against Zimbabwe will not be an advantage as international level is a whole new level of cricket altogether, and said he is just focusing on performing well. 

“I have no experience in international cricket. So it is not a matter to me whether the opposition are Zimbabwe or Australia or South Africa. Every opponent are important in the international circuit. If I get the chance then I will try to perform better for my team, rather than thinking whether the opposition are relatively easier or not,” he concluded.

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