24-year-old pacer Abu Jayed believes it’s the youngsters’ turn to take responsibility in Bangladesh national team as Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s retirement from T20Is has left a gap in the team.
Jayed was the second-leading wicket-taker in last year’s Bangladesh Premier League for Khulna Titans. He made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka this year. However, he got hit for 45 runs for one wicket in his first outing.
The Sylheti bowler was kept in Nidahas Trophy squad but didn’t play a game. The selectors have picked him again for Afghanistan series.
“It is time for us, the young pacers, to take responsibility as there are not many senior pacers in the team except for Rubel [Hossain] bhai and Mustafizur [Rahman], who has got some experience,” said Jayed.
“The young pacers like me, [Abu Hider] Rony, Mustafizur — we are all working on building our confidence. We are fully committed and confident.”
Jayed also believes that confidence is the way to go in international cricket.
“International cricket is a tough place and we are preparing so that we can represent the country well in the coming days. We spoke to [Khaled Mahmud] Sujon bhai today and he said it totally depends on us how we approach international cricket — it is easy if you take it easy and vice versa. If you are confident you can bowl well on any platform, be it international or domestic competition,” he added.
Jayed was fancied by Aaqib Javed alongside Abul Hasan, Abu Hider Rony and Ebadat Hossain when the former Pakistani player came to Bangladesh for his week-long stint with HP Unit in 2016.