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Can’t play when Shakib is playing: Taijul Islam accepts

Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Taijul Islam is looking to make it to the squad as a replacement for Shakib Al Hasan for the Test series against Sri Lanka as the all-rounder has been ruled out contracting to COVID-19.

Can't play when Shakib is playing: Taijul Islam

Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Taijul Islam is looking to make it to the squad as a replacement for Shakib Al Hasan for the Test series against Sri Lanka as the all-rounder has been ruled out contracting to COVID-19. Taijul’s inclusion in the squad has often been questionable, not because of his performances, but because of the team combinations.

Taijul Islam feels he can’t be in the team when there is Shakib

The scenario is discouraging for him, and he has accepted the fact that it is almost impossible for him to be in the squad when Shakib is playing. The bowler had a great series versus South Africa but his performances went in vain as Bangladesh ended on the losing side. He also became the fastest Bangladesh cricketer to reach the 150 Test wicket landmark, surpassing Shakib.

”I don’t think about all these things (getting dropped despite performing). I know it is hard for me to play when Shakib Bhai is playing or when the condition is favourable to pace bowlers. It is a reality and I have accepted it,” Taijul told Cricbuzz.

He told the source that not getting picked in the squad does not end things, but representing the country, whenever required, is at the top of his priority list. Furthermore, he stated he feels great when the team wins due to his performances. However, these feats do not concern him much.

Not getting picked is not the end of everything. I love the game. What is my job? I am representing my country. Whenever I am required, I should be ready to come forward and play for the country.

”I am not feeling anything different, getting five wickets… but for me helping the team to win is very important and how much I am contributing to those successes. I feel good when the team wins on the back of my performances,” 

Comparing himself to other spinners, he said they are helping their respective teams win. On the other hand, he feels that his success has not yet let Bangladesh win a match. He closed saying the Tigers can win if they get regular opportunities to play cricket.

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