Taskin Ahmed
Taskin Ahmed gets a place in the World Cup squad.

Bangladesh talisman fast bowler Taskin Ahmed is going to replace Abu Jayed Chowdhary Rahi in Bangladesh’s World Cup squad. In fact, it had come as a surprise when Abu Jayed who hasn’t made his One Day International debut was able to break into the squad. Abu Jayed has thus far played five Test matches and three T20I for Bangladesh. On the other hand, a video had gone viral in which Taskin Ahmed was sobbing like a child after World Cup snub.

However, now the fast bowler can breathe a sigh of relief. Ahmed had let his emotions out to the media when he was not included in the World Cup squad. Meanwhile, Taskin Ahmed has not played for the national side in the last 18 months. He had to sit out of the team due to an injury.

Abu Jayed
Abu Jayed.

Taskin Ahmed will like to be at his best.

The right-handed bowler last played a One Day International in Bangladesh colours in 2017 when the team was clean-swept by South Africa by a margin of 5-0. Thus, he would like to make a roaring comeback into the team.

In fact, Taskin Ahmed has good pace under his belt and he could hold the key for the team. Ahmed has thus far played 32 ODI matches in which he has scalped 45 wickets at an average of 31.13.

On the other hand, Abu Jayed is going to travel with the team as a 16th man. Abu Jayed is put on the sidelines due to his injury concerns.

“He (Rahi) didn’t bowl for many times after the BPL for his injury. The local physio told us that this injury would take Rahi 3 or 4 days to be fit again and to continue bowling in the nets again. But things aren’t going well according to the news as Rahi is in the position to bowl again in the nets just today,” Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu said on May 10, Friday.

“We have to make a change in the squad if there is any injury concern regarding any player of the team. But Rahi will go with us as a 16th man and we’ll talk about it with the BCB president today (May 10)”, he added.

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Taskin Ahmed. Credit: Getty Images

Ahmed was Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker.

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The lanky fast bowler was the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the 2015 World Cup which was held in Australia. Taskin Ahmed had scalped nine wickets in the six matches he had played and he would like to come up with a similar performance in the upcoming ODI showpiece.

Consequently, Taskin Ahmed was instrumental in taking Bangladesh to the quarter-final of the World Cup 2015. Bangladesh will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on 2nd June at the Oval. Bangladesh has played consistent cricket in the last three years and would like to carry the same form going.

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