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No decision yet on Taskin for World Cup

  • Published at 07:48 pm May 11th, 2019
File photo: Bangladesh's Taskin Ahmed bowls in the nets Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The situation has stimulated a common sentiment of Abu Jayed being victim of unfair selection

A news report on the selection of right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed over fellow paceman Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi for the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales has caused a stir in the country’s cricketing arena. 

Saturday, the news of such likely intention of the Bangladesh team management was doing the rounds, and the topic was widely discussed among many. 

However, the BCB president Nazmul Hasan said no such decision has yet been taken.

Taskin was a last minute inclusion in the 19-member squad for the ongoing tri-nation ODI series in Ireland. 

The team management has the intention of making further changes in the World Cup squad, depending on performances in the tri-series. 

The 10 participating teams in the ICC mega event this year has the advantage of making changes to the initial declared squad. 

The changes can be made until May 23.

Right-arm pacer Jayed was a surprise inclusion in the primary squad for the World Cup, mainly because the bowler is yet to make his ODI debut. 

He did not play the first match of the tri-series against the West Indies and media reports suggest he is far from making an appearance. 

Given his experience of not only playing ODIs but also the last edition of the World Cup, in 2015, Taskin has the upper hand over Jayed.

Taskin was called up to the squad just days before the team left for Ireland in order to try him in English conditions. 

He had just recovered from an ankle injury when he was called up to the Ireland party.

“Almost all our fast bowlers in the squad are similar except for Rubel (Hossain). Taskin can bring in a variation to the attack, and that’s the reason why the team management and the coach are looking forward to having him in the side,” said BCB boss Nazmul to the media in Dhaka Saturday.

“But no decision has yet been taken (on Taskin in place of Jayed for the World Cup). We still have a few matches left in the tri-series so there is opportunity to observe Taskin. If he can show he has improved, he might travel to England (for the World Cup),” the BCB supremo added.

The situation has stimulated a common sentiment of Jayed being victim of unfair selection.

The 25-year old from Sylhet was given high hope of selection in the World Cup squad, only to miss out at the last moment without being given an opportunity to prove himself.

“It is not confirmed (that Jayed is out from the World Cup squad). But it is true that he was taken because Taskin was injured. Now if Taskin if fully fit, we can always consider Taskin to be in the 15-member team. And there is also that Rahi will not be sent back home, even if Taskin gets included in the team. Rahi will be part of the team in England,” said Nazmul.