Banned national cricketer Sabbir Rahman told reporters on Tuesday that he had set his sight on the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League to regain his place in the national side.
If I perform well in BPL I will stand with a chance,’ Sabbir told reporters when asked about his chances of regaining his position in the national side.
’I will try to do something good in BPL. Then I might get a chance in the World Cup,’ he added.
Sabbir will take part in the sixth edition of BPL, starting from January 5, for the Sylhet Sixers franchise, who retained his services for this year’s tournament.
The volatile batsman is currently serving a six-month ban from international cricket from the Bangladesh Cricket Board after he sent an abusive message to a fan on facebook during Bangladesh’s tour to West Indies in July last year.
The ban was handed to him on September 2 and will end in late February meaning he will be unavailable for selection for the three-match one-day international series against New Zealand but should available for the three-match Test series.
This is not the first time Sabbir was punished for his off-field antics as he previously served a six-month ban from domestic cricket in 2018 for beating up a young fan in a first-class match in Rajshahi on December 21, 2017.
The 27-year old wanted to move on from a bad year and looked to turn things around in 2019.
’The year 2018 didn’t go well for me. But I’ve forgotten about it. Today is the first day of a new year, I’m looking ahead now,’ he said.
Sabbir took part in this year’s National Cricket League and Bangladesh Cricket League but failed to impress in both the domestic competitions, finishing NCL with 188 runs off six matches and BCL with 98 runs off three matches respectively.
BPL now seems to be Sabbir’s last hope to impress the national selectors prior to the World Cup in England and Wales, starting from May this year.
’National team’s door is open for everyone. BPL is a very big stage for me. It’s a big tournament in my life. Inshallah I will try to play my natural cricket,’ he said.