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Sunny brimming with confidence ahead of career defying test

Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny came back to Bangladesh in midst of the ICC World T20 2016 in India after his bowling action had been declared illegal by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the highest authority of cricket had banned him from bowling in international cricket. [Read in Bangla: আত্মবিশ্বাসী আরাফাত সানি]

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Since then he has been working hard towards remedying his action, and now the time has arrived to relive his promising career. In order to do so, Sunny will leave for Brisbane on September 5 for bowling action assessment. Sunny will be accompanied by Taskin Ahmed, the man who also suffered the same fate as Sunny during the World T20. The duo are also expected to get the company of head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe when they undergo the bowling action test for the second time on September 8.

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Though he is naturally supposed to be very nervous at the moment, Sunny claimed that he has full faith in himself that the bowling action test will definitely go his way. “I am confident to prosper. I am not the first man here. Many bowlers faced same kind of situation in the past, and almost all of them were able to make a comeback. I too am optimistic about making my return strongly once they uplift the ban on me,” said Sunny while speaking to the reporters at the BCB office on Monday.

“I have become more confident after giving the test here. Everyone lauded my changed bowling action. The head coach also saw me bowling during the skill practice and assured me that I am doing much better now. Still I know there will be some lackings, because I have bowled in a certain way for a long time, so it’s tough to shift to a different action. But I am working on it, and by the grace of the Almighty, I believe I will surely overcome it someday,” added Sunny.

Sunny has recently lost his father. So quite naturally the matter also came up during the conversation. But Sunny said he is trying to accept the passing away of his father. “You don’t have any control over fortune. You have to accept it as it happens. I became very upset in the beginning but now I realize I have to focus on what is in store for me in the future. So I am concentrating on my test at the moment.”

Asked how much improvement has he made in last couple of months, Sunny responded: “I have some problem with my landing. Usually I used to land straight, but now it’s being parallel. But I think if I can overcome this little problem, my action will become as effective as before.

“As the test is on September 5 (actually September 8), so I am doing the last-moment drills and practice sessions. I am leaving no stone unturned to rectify the problems I have. Taskin and I will go together. If everyone keeps us in their prayer, Insha Allah both of us will succeed. Our coaching staffs are saying everything is going good because I did everything they had asked me to do. Alhamdulillah I am satisfied with the preparation, now let’s hope for the best,” concluded Sunny.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com

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