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Playing in Bangladesh a bigger challenge: Joseph

Five years back West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph was an U-19 World Cup winner in Dhaka. Now in 2021 he faces a new, bigger challenge.

Playing in Bangladesh a bigger challenge: Joseph
Alzarri Joseph. ©Associated Press

 

Joseph was one of the findings of the 2016 U-19 World Cup, the same batch in which Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto played for Bangladesh.

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With an inexperienced West Indies one-day side facing Bangladesh, the Antiguan feels this is a step up.

“There were some good memories. But I know coming to Bangladesh to play this ODI series, it is going to be a bigger challenge than playing the Under-19 World Cup. It is another step up. Bangladesh at home is always a challenge. I was basically looking forward to being more tuned in than what I would be than playing at home where things are more in my favour,” Joseph said.

When asked if he looks to compete Miraz and Shanto, he said: “Not necessarily. I am just focused on the main players I know I am going to come up against. We all have our plans for each and every batsman. It is not necessarily the guys I played against in the U19 World Cup.”

Joseph, who has a Test high score of 86 against New Zealand, wants to be an all-rounder but the main focus remains on bowling.

“Personally I am aiming to become an all-rounder myself. But as of now, I am just taking everything step by step. I am looking to, firstly, do my main attribute which is contribute what I can with the ball, and then I will give my best in batting,” he added.

 

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