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I took WC preparation in Dhaka Premier League





Photo: Mosaddek Hossain

|| CF Correspondent ||

Bangladesh all-rounder Mossadek Hossain said that he is well aware of his roles in the national team and had taken preparation in the Dhaka Premier League to fulfill the requirements  

While Shakib Al Hasan hogged the limelight with his extraordinary performance during the match against Afghanistan few noticed how Mosaddek Hossain turned the complexion of the game in the death overs.

As Mushfiqur Rahim was dismissed for a tremendous 87 ball-83, there was apprehension whether Bangladesh could propel them past 250 but it was possible due to a whirlwind 24 ball-35 runs knock from Mosaddek Hossain Saikat.

In an extremely slow wicket, where scoring runs over 100 strike rate was almost impossible, Mosaddek did the unthinkable to take the match almost away from the Afghans’ grip.

That Afghanistan still scored 200 before being all out in 47 overs, it showed they could sense a chance if they would have limited Tigers score around 220-225. But there was one Mosaddek.


Whereas he was supposed to be not the part of World Cup squad as he came only as the back-up of Mahmudullah Riyad, who was unable to bowl due to shoulder injury sustained during the New Zealand in February this year.

Mosaddek though is a handy batsman, his off-spin capability was considered to draft him in the squad. And the rest is the history.

He was not even supposed to play the tri-series in Ireland but injury to several players including Shakib in the final match opened the gate for him. As Sabbir Rahman was considered as No. 7 batsman, Mosaddek had no chance to play indeed.

But due to Shakib’s injury during the final of Tri-series against West Indies, Sabbir came to bat at Shakib’s position at No.3 while Mosaddek was accommodated for No.7 position.

Sabbir was dismissed for a duck but Mosaddek struck a 27 ball-52 not out to help the side win the game from the jaws of the defeat and Bangladesh won their first ever multinational trophy.

‘’I am not thinking about Ireland series now. I wanted to do something for the national team before joining the World Cup squad. There is no certainty of playing well. I am just trying to do my job perfectly. I will try to do the same in future if I get opportunity,’’ said Mossadek.

‘’Before coming here, I was practicing in Premier League. If I get more opportunity in future, I will try to play my natural game-the way I played during the Premier League,’’ he said.

‘’Here, wickets are far better than our home. Wicketd provide movement in first 15-20 overs but after that it changes. So I’m focusing on that. I will have to understand the balls properly while I will be batting,’’ he concluded.

Considering his impressive batting and his off-spin, he replaced Sabbir for No.7 in the World Cup, knowing that a couple failures would cost him the place. But Mosaddek was smart enough to grab the chances with both hands.