Taskin disappointed at T20 World Cup postponement

Right-arm fast bowler Taskin Ahmed
Right-arm fast bowler Taskin AhmedFile photo

Bangladesh's right-arm fast bowler Taskin Ahmed said he is disappointed as the ICC T20 World Cup has been postponed, reports UNB.

However, he reckons that the situation is not under the control of any authorities. So there is no option but to accept it.

Taskin started an training individually from Thursday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Before him, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam, Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Mithun also joined this programme maintaining health guidelines. BCB discouraged cricketers to train outdoors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite that, some cricketers requested BCB to arrange facilities so that they can train alone without any help of other support staff or groundsmen. BCB responded positively and appointed a trainer to help the players.

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“Many events and series have been postponed since the lockdown began. Our series against Australia, Ireland and Sri Lanka have been postponed. Now the ICC T20 World Cup has endured the same fate which is really disappointing. But at the same time, we have to accept the situation because we have nothing to do. We cannot control this,” Taskin told the media on Thursday after this first-day of individual training.

Taskin said that he is happy to get a chance to return to Sher-e-Bangla stadium after a long gap of five months. He added that coming back to the Sher-e-Bangla is like returning home for him.

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“It’s a relief to get back to Mirpur. The feeling of getting back to the national team dressing room is really different. I came here after a gap of nearly five months. The feelings are great,” the pacer added.

The 25-year-old pacer believes that the post-COVID-19 world will be very challenging for the pace bowlers as ICC banned using saliva to shine balls. But he thinks players will come up with a different idea when the game of cricket takes the field on a regular basis.

“The world will never be the same for the pace-bowlers. We used to use saliva to shine the balls. We had been doing it for ages. It will be tough to give up this practice in a single day. But if we keep our health in mind, we need to accept it. I think we must come up with an idea to shine the ball. We saw that the players are shinning the ball in a different way in England-West Indies series. We will also find a way,” Taskin added.

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Meanwhile, at least 14 international matches of Bangladesh have been postponed due to coronavirus including five Tests which are part of the ongoing World Test Championship. All of these matches are slated to be rescheduled for future dates.