Jubair still hopeful for a place in team The leg-spinner works hard to regain a spot


Sports desk: Now-a-days every cricket team is attempting out of the convention to diversify their bowling battery. In that aspect, they’re injecting different types of the bowling action so that they could dominate the opposition batsmen.

And so, the most of the teams are leaning toward the leg-spinners because of their usefulness and wicket-taking capability along with they are difficult to score off.

They turn the ball away from the right-handed batsmen to deceive them with the unpredictable swing and flight that are really difficult for them to face.

At this moment, India-the top Test side, have Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav (wrist spinner), Australia’s Adam Zampa, South Africa’s Imran Tahir, while Pakistan have Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah, England Adil Rashid, West Indies Samuel Badree and , Sri Lanka’s Seekkuge Prasanna and Jeevan Mendis, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and Mujib Ur Rahman coupled with New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi.

Rashid Khan among the current lot of the leg-spinners stole the show for his consistency in taking regular wickets and getting the team an early advantage against the opposition teams.

Contrary to that, Bangladesh have no leg-spinner in their current line-up what is essential and much-needed for the team’s success. The team recently improved their rankings in Test after one-day. They seek to improve their Test and ODI rankings further along with T20.

Previously the team tried by Tanvir Haider and Jubair Hossain Likhon, who played six Tests along with three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 for Bangladesh after being stepped into the international cricket in 2014.

Last three years Likhon didn’t get any opportunity to play for the national fold. Even he was deprived of domestic cricket competition.

Even they handed Tanvir a chance in the last New Zealand tour but he did not show any extraordinary resulting in dropping from the team for all the last home and away series.

To see the jaw-dropping performance by the leg spinners across the world, Bangladesh one-day captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and opener Tamim Iqbal shared the same sentiment, stating that Bangladesh should earnestly explore a leg-spinner for their more success.

Recently, Likhon is seen practicing regularly at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to hone his bowling skills and techniques.

“I’ve been practicing regularly since the last one month along with gym and running beside the regular bowling session. Now the practice is being done well,” said Jubair Hossain Likhon.

“I was not too fit in the past. But now the body has been mostly fit. I’ve reduced my weight three kg in a month. And so I got an edge in practice,” Jubair told media after his practice session yesterday.

“I get wicket to practice even in Friday. Overall, everything is going well,” he added.

Likhon thanked to the board and said that he will try to prove his worth if he gets chance again to play for the team.

“The board does not provide their facilities to all the players. But I’m getting all their facilities. I didn’t play in the last domestic league but the team management kept me in HP squad,” the 21-year-old leg-spinner said.

“I’m grateful to the board to help me a lot. If I get chance to play for the team again, I’ll try to justify myself what they expect from me,” he also said.

“I bowl 20 overs a day under the guidance of (Humayun Kabir) Shahin bhai. The speed and accuracy of my bowling have been improved a lot,” he added.

Likhon said he feel regrets to see the performance of the other leg-spinners and wishes to emulate them if he gets another chance for the national team.

 “Now every team has leg spinner and all they are doing well. I feel regret if I could do something better,” he said, adding : beside their conventional bowling battery “But time has not finished yet. I believe if I try I will do better, InshaAllah. If any chance comes to me, I’ll try to avail it and try to deliver better for the team.”


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