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Nasir eyes BPL to make the turning point

Nasir Hossain, the Bangladeshi all-round sensation, expected the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will be a turning point and bring his career to the right track.

Nasir optimistic of being in the playing XI
Nasir eyes the upcoming BPL as a platform for his national team return.

Nasir said this after entering to have his first net session in eight months on Sunday (November 25). He was ruled out after tearing his right knee ligament after allegedly sustaining an injury while playing football in the month of April.

Following the injury, Nasir was sent to Australia by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in the month of June to undergo a surgery. But Nasir revealed that there was not just one surgery, but two more followed thereafter, the reason being he not only had one torn ligament, but he had torn two.

“I had three surgeries. To be honest, it was quite frightening as I did not face any major injury scare and all of a sudden I came to know that three surgeries will be required. Those days, after the operation when I had to walk with the help of crutches, was nothing short of a nightmare,” he told Cricbuzz.

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While it was publicised in the Bangladeshi media that he had attained it while playing football, Nasir claimed that it occurred while running outside Dhaka after completing his stint in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL).

Nasir played for Abahani Limited in the last DPL, and a century in his last match helped his side clinch the title. It also showed signs of Nasir coming back to his usual best of forms. But the unfortunate injury that he had picked up meant all the possibilities of a national return was nipped in the bud.

“I was in form, as the last time I batted, I scored a hundred. I am a firm believer of destiny and I cannot change what is written on my fate. There is no use grumbling over the past because it cannot be brought back, so only way for me is to look forward.

“This entire time [during the rehabilitation] has taught me a lot. Many things came in my life in 2018. At one stage, I was frustrated with everything – my game and my life. Cricket made me what I am today. It was hard to stay away from it. I tried not to be alone and to be with friends,” he said.

But what gone is gone, and now Nasir is eyeing a comeback through the BPL. He claimed that he still believed he could make a return to the national set-up through the competition.

“I am thinking how fast I can be 100 per cent fit. If I can perform, the call-up will follow. I’ll try to get the place back by performing. BPL can be a turning point. Much depends on the performance there,” he opined.

However, the all-rounder also knows his path to return to the national set-up will see many challenges from so many new talents, and he will have to be on top of his game to combat all his competitions. He knows it will be very hard, but at the end of the day, performance is all that matters. So he is aiming to deliver some noteworthy performance.

“It is now easier for new players to join the national team. Those who have gone out of the national team after playing, it is difficult for them to return. If the newcomers perform a little bit, it attracts more attention,” said Nasir.

“And those who were dropped [from the national team], cannot take the limelight even if they perform well. The reason could be that the expectations are high for them. I’m out of the team now. I’ll have to return by playing way better than the new players. It does not mean that I can’t play [for the national team]. I believe, the national team is open for all. I don’t think anyone can be kept outside [the national team] if they perform,” he said.

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