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Age just a number for Jahurul

  • Published at 09:14 pm August 20th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Jahurul Islam bats in the Mirpur nets Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Jahurul Islam said it’s a refreshing sign to see the experienced campaigners returning to the national side, and informed that as long as that’s the case then the veteran cricketers can never lose hope of making a return to the team

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jahurul Islam, who last featured for Bangladesh six years ago, expressed delight after being called up to the national camp for the upcoming home series against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

Having scripted a return to national reckoning after a long time, the right-handed batsman wants to make the opportunity count this time around.

“I have been selected for the preliminary squad after a long time. Every cricketer has a dream of playing in the national team. I also start every season with such a dream. I have performed quite well in the Premier League and in A team. Now I have been selected for the national team camp and I am trying to improve my fitness,” said Jahurul to the media on the second day of the Tigers’ fitness and conditioning camp at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Tuesday. 

Despite being all of 32 years of age, Jahurul topped the beep test Tuesday with a timing of 12.3, followed by pacer Abu Jayed (12.3) and national discard Farhad Reza (12.2).

Jahurul said it’s a refreshing sign to see the experienced campaigners returning to the national side, and informed that as long as that’s the case then the veteran cricketers can never lose hope of making a return to the team.

“Obviously it’s a good sign for players from our batch who are relatively older now or more than 30 years of age. It gives an indication that if you can perform consistently and remain fit enough, then opportunity may arrive in any time. So age is not a factor then,” said Jahurul. 

In the absence of opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, who has been granted rest by the BCB for the Afghanistan Test match and the T20I tri-nation series involving the Afghans and Zimbabwe, Jahurul believes the other opening candidates have to step up and be counted.

“Tamim is a top player. It’s difficult to fill his place in the national team. But still there will be a good chance for players like myself, Shadman Islam, Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes. Whoever gets the chance, it will be a great opportunity as Test cricket is a big format. If anyone can play well in Tests then he can perform in any format. So it’s a good opportunity for us,” Jahurul explained.