Ziaur Rahman played one Test, 13 ODIs and 14 T20Is for Bangladesh national cricket team. On Wednesday, he smacked an unbeaten 73 off 57 balls with the help of 3 fours and 6 sixes against Abahani for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club to play a big part in side’s victory. After the match, Zia talked to the journalists, and also discussed about his possibility of returning to international cricket. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ জাতীয় দলে ফিরতে মরিয়া জিয়া]
“I still dream. The way I am batting at the moment, I hope to be back in the national team,” said Zia. [Read also: Nasir averages 226 in DPL]
Though he had started his career as a pace bowler, but now he is known as a batting all-rounder who can also bowl pace when necessary. “Actually I fell to injury in 2009 while touring India with the Bangladesh ‘A’ side. Then I couldn’t bowl for next two years. That time I shifted my concentration on batting.
“Sujon bhai (Khaled Mahmud Sujon, the then-coach of Prime Bank Cricket Club) kept faith in him, and gave me a platform to showcase my batting prowess. He even gave me the chance to open the batting as well. And I was able to capitalize it. And my batting opened the door for me towards the national team. So I must give credit to Sujon bhai for the way I am batting today,” he added.
However, Zia couldn’t hold on to his good form in the national side, and had to crash out of the squad just after a short sting. “I got my opportunity in the national team, but couldn’t utilize it. I should have done better. But still I haven’t given up. I am trying really hard to make a comeback.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com