The fast bowler from Bangladesh, Rubel Hossain has dismissed claims of reports of him not wanting to play Test cricket. His reply comes on the back of some reports alleging that he has expressed his intention of not wanting to feature in the longer format of the game.

Speaking on the same, Rubel Hossain admitted that it is a total lie and he is not aware who is spreading this kind of news. Furthermore, he added that if that was the case, he would not have taken part in the BCL.

It’s a total lie,” he said. “I don’t know who spread it because why won’t I like to play Test cricket? Cricket gives me my bread and butter and I sustain myself and my family by playing cricket. So there is no way I can cheat with it.

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I never said that I don’t want to play Test cricket. It is not that I don’t want to bowl long spells because if that was the case then I would not have played BCL [franchise-based first-class tournament] and could easily avoid that,” Rubel added.

Meanwhile, it has been tough for the Bangladesh pacer to break into the playing XI as they have preferred spinners at home. Usually, Bangladesh have employed only a single seamer for home Tests, and at best, two. However, in their last game, there were none. Rubel Hossain defended the call saying that spinners have done well than pacers in recent times.

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I still have a lot to prepare to bowl in death overs

Talking about his own game, Rubel Hossain, who has been used as a death over specialist admits that he still has a lot to work to improve his skills.

I am playing international cricket for the last nine years, so naturally I have gained some experience but still I have a lot to prepare [in order] to bowl in the death overs,” he concluded.