The number three position is undoubtedly the most vital position in a test team. But Bangladesh is yet to find out a dependable batsman in this position after Habibul Bashar Shumon retired. Several batsmen have been tried so far but none of them are found suitable enough. This time young Marshal Ayub is going to make his debut against the upcoming test series against New Zealand right in that position.
The 24 year old missed the chance of practicing against the touring party as the three day preparation match was washed out in torrential downpour. The youngster though expressed his frustration about the matter but he also thought that the hard indoor works and his recent forms will eventually make up the situation.
Marshal is replacing little master Mohammad Ashraful who has been suspected of gross misconduct. The young tiger informed that Ashraful has given valuable advices to him for his batting. He said, “Ashraful bhiya told me to keep patience for doing well in big innings and also to work hard. He also adviced me to increase my concentration in batting. I obeyed his words and did hard practices in net for playing long innings. To do well in the longer version of the game there are no other ways except patience, concentration and fitness.”
Marshal got the selector’s attention when he scored a valuable knock of 156 for his team last month playing in a preparation match of primary squad for the NZ series. “Scoring that 156 runs in Khulna is the turning point for my career.” – he said, “I think I could grab the selectors attention after that.”
What attracts the team management and coach about Marshal’s batting is his steadiness and carefulness to play long innings. Time will say the rest.