Taskin Ahmed Ready For T20 WC Challenge
By Tanushka Gain
on Thu Sep 16 2021
Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed has bittersweet memories of the World Cup.
The right-arm pacer made his T20I debut against Australia in the 2014 T20 World Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. And immediately grabbed headlines with economic figures of 1-24 in his four overs. In the following year, he became an integral part of Bangladesh’s speed unit under Mashrafe Mortaza. and was instrumental in the success of the team on the global stage.
Taskin Ahmed was expected to do the same when Bangladesh were competing in the 2016 edition in India. But after his action was reported, the competition had to be abandoned midway. Taskin then faded after his remodeled bowling action. With injuries, his form plummeted to such an extent that he was nowhere near the national level anymore.
In 2019, Taskin Ahmed came close to making it to the World Cup after a decent run in the domestic circuit. But he had to decline in view of the frequent injuries. And the team management was not ready to take any chances. Tears welled up in his eyes after the team announcement as he felt he was ready to leave. And that emotional episode in front of the media had such an impact that it made it to the front page of all the major dailies.
Taskin Ahmed has improved a lot since that setback and now the hard work seems to be paying off. As they gear up for another World Cup starting next month in Oman and UAE.
Taskin Ahmed said that “I do not live in the past”. “It’s disappointing (not playing in those World Cups) but I can’t change that and don’t want to lose my sleep about it. Basically I don’t want to remember the past and I want to look forward,” the 26 added. -Year.
Taskin Ahmed, who featured in the T20I series against Zimbabwe but failed to retain his spot against Australia and New Zealand in Dhaka due to the slow nature of the wickets, said that he is excited to be a part of the World Cup journey and will support them. Strength in this event if she manages to make it to the playing XI.
“I am really excited to make the World Cup squad. Although I haven’t played in Oman and Dubai yet,” he says. “I couldn’t play the last two series due to circumstances but I was able to play the last game.
“I think the mental shift is very important. Because the wicket we played here. And the wicket we expect in the T20 World Cup will be different. I will try to get my strength back which is 140 kmph. Is bowling more than that. And hitting. The seam is in the right place, and if the wicket is favorable it will definitely work.”
Bangladesh is set to travel to Oman in early October for a preparatory camp. Because the tourists have to play in the first round of the competition first to earn their place in the main event. Bangladesh are placed in Group B and will contest against Oman, Papua New Guinea and Scotland. Group A consists of Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia and Sri Lanka.
Taskin Ahmed says that we will get about 10 days to adjust and prepare there. While we are playing three T20 warm-up matches and we are looking forward to it. Whatever be the circumstances, we have to play according to it. When the wicket is not helping the cutter.” Length ball and yorker becomes very important at that time. It will be an ICC event so we have to keep in mind whether it will be sporting or flat track. It will be challenging for bowlers but with Only if we can will we have a chance to execute our plans,” Taskin said.
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