This is my second life and I want to do something good: Sabbir

Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman has been included in the ODI series against New Zealand after reducing his ban to a month.

Brief Score: Sylhet Sixers 194/4 (20 overs) Sabbir Rahman 85, Nicholas Pooran 47* Mashrafe bin Mortaza 2/31 Rangpur Riders 195/6 (19.3 overs) Rilee Rossouw 61, AB de Villiers 34, Alex Hales 33 Taskin Ahmed 4/42 Result: Rangpur Riders won by 4 wickets. Toss: Sylhet Sixers Man of the Match: Rilee Rossouw
Fortune has started to change for Sabbir after a disastrous 2018. The start of the new year also hasn’t been good so far for the 27-year old as he managed to score big (85 from 51) in only one match in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

It could have been worse as Sabbir was set to miss the tour of New Zealand because of his 6-month ban. But all of a sudden, a stroke of slight luck and the backing of skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has changed things down.

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The match where Sabbir scored 85 was against Mashrafe’s Rangpur and the skipper was highly impressed with his innings. He requested the selectors to include him in the squad as he sees Sabbir as a potential batsman, who can score and face the New Zealand fast bowlers in the lower-order.

Meanwhile, Sabbir addressed the media on Thursday where he thanked the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and particularly the captain for keeping faith in him.

“Thanks to BCB for keeping faith in me. Thanks to all the senior players as well as all of management. Thanks to Mashrafe bhai for supporting me and for keeping faith on me.”

The 27-year old also said that he is confident of coming back strongly and he sees this opportunity as his ‘second life.’

“Actually this is my second life. When I play my first match [upon return], it will be my second debut for Bangladesh. I will like to do something good and try to recapture the form that the previous Sabbir had shown. I want to thank my fans, those who follow me and keep supporting me. I will try to keep their faith and my honour,” he concluded.

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