Champions Trophy won’t be much challenging, says Sabbir


Sabbir looking to do well in Champions Trophy

Since making his debut in red and green jersey for Bangladesh in the international arena back in 2014, Sabbir Rahman Rummon has so far played 35 one-day international matches. He has never been omitted from the national squad since his very first appearance. With fearless batting, he has been entertaining the spectators thoroughly. And last Friday in the match against Mohammedan Sporting Club was also no exception. Playing a brilliant unbeaten knock of 78 runs, the national star played a big part in his team’s victory. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সব দলকে হারানোর সামর্থ্য আছে বাংলাদেশের- সাব্বির]

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In 2014, he got chance in the national squad through the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Then he also got to be in the 2015 World Cup squad. Sabbir justified his inclusion by playing consistent innings’ in Melbourne, Nelson and Hamilton. Initially he used to bat at number 6 or 7, but now the team management is seeking a perfect number 3 batsman in him. For last one and a half year, he has been playing as a specialist batsman at number 3 for the Tigers. [Read also: Australia series schedule all but decided]

On coming April 26, Bangladesh national cricket team will leave for England, where they will hold a 10-day conditioning camp in Sussex. As a member of the squad, the hazel-eyed all-rounder too will be among the contignent. After the condition camp, Mashrafe and co. will take part in the tri-series in Ireland, involving the hosts and New Zealand as the other two teams.

Sabbir, now an experienced member of the Bangladesh team compared to most other cricketers, is looking to utilize all his experience and exposure to put up a good show in the tri-series, and then the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales that to follow thereafter.

“Actually every single match is quite important for me. It doesn’t matter where I am playing, who I am playing for. If I get runs in one match, that makes me confident for the next match as well. Generally I don’t do anything pre-planned. I like to play on match-by-match, and my approach will remain all the same this time as well. And this is how I am now preparing.

“By playing in the national team for last couple of years, I have gained some confidence, and now I want them to put into effect. I will look to do as good as possible with all my experience,” said Sabbir.

Asked what kind of preparation he is taking to quickly adapt to the different conditions of England, Sabbir said, “I am practicing more. I am also batting on the indoor slab. Hopefully this will help me too play better against fast-paced deliveries.”

Like others, Sabbir also thinks those 10 days in the Sussex conditioning camp will be very vital. “We have a camp in England. Those 10-12 days will be very important for all of us. If we can prepare well and play accordingly in the Ireland tri-series, then it will help us very much to make a good result in the Champions Trophy.”

Recently Bangladesh played away from home against New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Good results in those two series’ give Sabbir the confidence to take the Champions Trophy challenge as well, adding that this time the challenge will be less. “There won’t be much challenge. We will just play match–by-match. We have played good cricket in New Zealand, we have played well in Sri Lanka. So now we have the experience of beating bigger sides on their turf. I don’t think this time around the conditions will pose much threat to us.”


– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,