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Imrul shocked at his abrupt omission

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Imrul shocked at his abrupt omission
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|| CF Correspondent ||

Bangladesh top-order batsman Imrul Kayes billed his sudden omission from the national team in 2018 as shocking and disappointing, stating that he did not get many more chances to play for the national team after that exclusion.

Kayes alleged that he played really well against Zimbabwe in the 2018 series but was dropped from the team in the next series after making two relatively low scores against the West Indies which shocked the left handed opener as well.

“It was shocking. I scored a record number of runs against Zimbabwe. I opened in that series. Therefore, I was suddenly demoted to No 3 position in the next series. I couldn’t do well there. Batting position is a very significant thing. But I never had a settled one,” said Imrul Kayes.

“I was dropped from the World Cup squad. I was distraught at this because I knew I did my best to be picked in the squad. It was tough to digest but there was nothing to do. I feel it’s always easy to make me the scapegoat,” Kayes told Cricfrenzy.com.

Kayes is one of the unlucky cricketers in Bangladesh team in terms of selection as he always remains in and out of the national team and never consolidate a fixed position in his batting order in the latter half of his long career.

The 33-year-old batsman blamed the supporters for labeling him as a batsman who scored only against the teams like Zimbabwe, he thinks, which also hurts his career much as well.

“The fans in our country notice only the present, nothing else. Whenever I score runs, people think that I can only score against Zimbabwe,” the left-handed batsman alleged.

“Many cricketers score against Zimbabwe or other teams and get praised. But whenever I score runs, it becomes: Imrul Kayes scored against Zimbabwe,” the south-paw pointed out.

Bangladesh was about to lose against Zimbabwe in the match I scored 144. But still, nobody evaluated that innings properly saying that it was scored against Zimbabwe. This is very disheartening. You might not respect someone but you can’t demean a person.

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