Mohammad Saifuddin doesn't want to get ahead of himself before Bangladesh's ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 squad is announced, but should he make the cut, he admits that it will be a dream come true.
Saifuddin, the 22-year-old, has played just 10 one-day internationals so far, but is seen as one of the bright prospects for Bangladesh cricket. As a fast-bowling all-rounder, he can add balance to a side.
“To be honest, I am not thinking of such things," Saifuddin told reporters in Mirpur, about making the final 15 for the World Cup. "At the moment, I am only focused on the DPL [Dhaka Premier League, Bangladesh's domestic List A tournament] matches as I will only think about the World Cup when I get the final ticket for the event.
“Like every cricketer, I have a dream of playing in the World Cup. If I get a chance to play in the World Cup, it will be a dream come true. It is a big platform for me to prove myself in England conditions, especially for those of us who are junior players in the team. If we do well, more good opportunities will then come."
The youngster, who has one half-century and seven wickets in his ODI career so far, insisted that a call-up wouldn't come with expectations.
“There is no reason to feel pressure," he said. "Mashrafe [Bin Mortaza, the ODI skipper] bhai always says that the more confident you are, the better it is for you. We may not be able to bowl 150 kph like Kagiso Rabada, but if we are able to bowl in the right areas at 130 kph, then certainly we will do well."
We may not be able to bowl 150 kph like Kagiso Rabada, but if we are able to bowl in the right areas at 130 kph, then certainly we will do well.
The big concern for Saifuddin now, other than making the squad, is a troublesome elbow. According to media reports, he was supposed to take an injection after the tour of New Zealand to aid his recovery, but since it would've kept him out of the game for a while, he and his team chose instead to manage the issue and play in the DPL, where his team Abahani Limited are the defending champions.
Saifuddin's team suggested that his injury was not as bad as initially thought. "Earlier, we used to tape that area, but now he does not need that," Enamul Haque, the physio, told Cricbuzz. "The only thing is that he is having a problem with his throwing and, as a result, we have decided to keep him inside the 30-yard circle."
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