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Jubair faded away, says Chandika


Leg-spinners have been a crucial part for every team in modern days. But what about Bangladesh? Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha says the 21-year old leggie Jubair Hossain Likhon has been fading away.

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Jubair Hossain made his Test debut in the three-match Test series against Zimbabwe in 2014 where he took a five-wicket haul. But he has been in and out of the side.

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Hathurusingha said, “We haven’t got our right combination in Test cricket. I have been fighting to find bowlers who can get 20 wickets in Tests. We were looking for a legspinner who can take wickets but he [Jubair Hossain] has faded away.”

Hathurusingha is very disappointed that the hardwork which had been done on Jubair did not bring good result.

“He had the skill, and we saw that at the start when he was on song. He won matches for us. In his second or third match, he took a Test five-for. In the India Test, he got two big wickets. I am very disappointed that the amount of time and energy we spent with him didn’t come to fruition,” said Hathurusingha.

Jubair has 55 wickets in 19 first-class matches (30 innings). He has one five-wicket haul, that was against Zimbabwe in Khulna in 2014. His economy rate is bit high (4.05). But he can pick wickets at crucial times.

He played two National Cricket League matches for Dhaka Metropolis this season. The first match was washed out. In the second match he did not manage to get a wicket giving away 77 runs.

Bangladesh might go with Taijul Islam again as a spin-twin for Shakib Al Hasan.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com

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