Pacer Abu Jayed, a surprise pick in Bangladesh’s 15-members squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, has said that he is keen to repay the faith put in him by the selectors.

Jayed, 25, who is uncapped in ODI Cricket, has played five Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals. He has taken 15 wickets in international cricket – 11 in Tests, four in T20Is – and looked particularly impressive in the Test series against New Zealand earlier this year.

Since then, he has claimed nine wickets in his last five games for Prime Dholeshar in the DPL.having declared Bangladesh Squad,he said on Tuesday Tuesday”I played well in two matches of DPL recently and I felt I could have been in the 20-member preliminary squad,”.

“So, I was surprised when I heard that I am in the 15-member squad. It’s nice to be picked, but now the challenge is to make a place in the playing XI and repay the faith shown by the team management.”

In New Zealand, Jayed delivered 3/94 in the Wellington Test. Will he be able to replicate his impressive performances with the red ball at the World Cup?  ”I am playing for the last 10 years and during this time, had the opportunity to play a lot of cricket at different levels. So don’t think it will be a big problem,” he insisted.

“I got appreciated for my ability to swing the ball even by some of the leading batsmen in New Zealand, who believed that if I can work on it I have a good chance of turning into a good bowler. Recently Mashrafe [Mortaza] told me that he is also optimistic about my ability to swing the ball.”

Jayed has had a successful domestic career so far, picking up 227 first-class wickets at 29.12 and 65 List-A wickets at 31.13. Raqibul Hasan, the former Bangladesh captain, believes his supreme record in domestic cricket helped push his case for World Cup selection.

“The squad was quite conceivable,” Hasan told New Age. “There was a question about two players and Rahi [Jayed] and Mosaddek made the cut at last. Rahi is a proven domestic performer. He did well during the New Zealand Test series. Mosaddek also scored quite a few runs in recent domestic matches. He bowls well as well as his fielding is really good. I think this is an appropriate team.”


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