Abu Jayed
Abu Jayed. Image: ICC

Bangladesh pace bowler Abu Jayed expressed dismay over his exclusion from the 16-member squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka in the upcoming home Test series. Jayed, who made his Test debut against West Indies in 2018, has played 13 Tests and picked 30 wickets at an average of 37.26.

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The 28-year-old played his last Test against Pakistan in November 2021 in Chattogram. After going wicketless in the first Test, Jayed was subsequently dropped from the team in the second match and also missed the tours to New Zealand and South Africa this year.

I don’t think pace bowling is the issue here: Abu Jayed

The Bangladesh pacer said his form isn’t the concern for his exclusion but for some unknown reason he fails to make the cut in the Test squad.

“I’ve taken 10 wickets in the last two Tests in Mirpur with this pace. I don’t think pace bowling is the issue here. There can be another story in this matter. I’ve taken 34 (30) wickets in 13 matches with this pace. I don’t understand from where this realization has suddenly appeared,” Jayed told Cricbuzz. 

Abu Jayed
Abu Jayed. Image Credits: Twitter

“Only pace can’t work nowadays, swing is also needed. During our stint at the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy (in Cape Town), one of the pace bowling coaches told us that I don’t need to bowl fast. If I can swing the ball and bowl at 130 kmph speed, it can be as good as 140 kmph,” he added.

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Test series scheduled in May

The two-match Test series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which will be part of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle, will commence on May 15 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

Bangladesh Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)
Bangladesh Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

Bangladesh Squad for the first Test vs Sri Lanka: Mominul Haque (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Das (wk), Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan, Ebadot Hossain, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam (subject to fitness).

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