Bengal coach Arun Lal predicted six months ago that the state team will lose all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed to the Indian side soon.’
Shahbaz said he wanted to be a bankable player for the Indian team after being picked as Washington Sunder’s replacement for the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.
The Indian Premier League (IPL), according to Shahbaz, was a terrific experience that helped him improve as a cricketer since he got to play alongside and against the finest players in the world.
I Hope I Can Win Matches For India When Given A Chance: Shabaz Ahmed
“Everybody who plays cricket wants to wear the Indian colours. Being called up for the Indian team is a dream come true. Whenever I have played for Bengal, I have given my all. The Bengal team believed in me. Given a chance, I hope I can win matches for India with my batting and bowling. I hope the team can bank on me,” said Shahbaz.
“The Cricket Association of Bengal has always had faith in me. My coaches and my co-players in the team all have contributed greatly and helped me reach this point. I am indebted to them”, Ahmed added.
India Squad: KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Shahbaz Ahmed
Zimbabwe Squad: Regis Chakabva (c), Tanaka Chivanga, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Ryan Burl, Innocent Kaia, Kaitano Takudzwanashe, Clive Madande, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, John Masara, Tony Munyonga, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano