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Record-breaker Saif eager to do much better


A 18-year teen with gentleman’s attitude in his face and speaking. His batting also looks like a gentleman. But this gentleman is tough to get out. Saif stands wall in the pitch against the bowlers.

At last he has been dismissed, Barisal Division’s Tawhidul Islam bowls Saif Hassan. But before getting out, he played a brilliant knock becoming the youngest Bangladeshi ever to score a double century in first-class cricket.

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In the National Cricket League match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Saif scored 204 runs off 410 deliveries with 20 fours and 1 six spending 556 minutes at the crease. His strike rate was 49.75. Has Bangladesh got a Test specialist batsman?

After the end of day two, Dhaka Division’s Saif spoke to bdcrictime.com. He talked more about his future rather than the current match.

National Cricket League’s current edition is ending after this round. What will you do next?

“There is longer version tournament BCL coming up, then we have (Dhaka) Premier League, I’ll get U-19 matches too. It’s a good opportunity to prepare myself nicely in age-level platforms. If I can do well, I’ll get much better chances in future,” the 18-year old is very organized in his speaking.

We have asked about Bangladesh U-19 cricket team where Saif is himself the captain, “Our current U-19 team is well-balanced. But there is lack of experience as most of the guys are new. They will now play first division matches, and Premier League. The players will be more matured. If everyone does well, our target will be to use those experiences.”

Reaching the Semi Finals of U-19 Asia Cup, he highlighted the positives of it, “We have learnt a lot from Asia Cup. If it was a series, we would get opportunity to comeback in the series even we lose one game. But tournament’s format is different. Every game has importance and is needed to win. In that game against Pakistan, we were in such situation that the run rate played a major role. We all had played in different pressure situations. We have learned how to handle in tournaments. I hope it will help us in coming days.”

After finishing U-19 career, every player has a dream of playing for his national team. What about skipper Saif? The answer is in his organized talkings, “I have no thoughts on my captaincy. Now, I’m thinking about the U-19 team, to give as much as I can… After finishing it, if I get opportunity to represent national team or to lead the side, then definitely… If I do well here (U-19), it will obviously help me in near future.”

-Ruffin. Correspondent, bdcrictime.com

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