Discarded Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes on Tuesday claimed to be ready for yet another late call-up to the national side if the need arises in the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in the United Kingdom. Imrul is currently participating in an elite players’ skill camp conducted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board in Mirpur.
The 19-day camp, which began on Sunday, will run till May 30, and 24 players who have performed well in the domestic circuits were picked in the camp.
The board claimed to set up the camp to keep a pool of fit players ready if there are any injury concerns in Bangladesh’s World Cup squad.
Imrul felt that being in a camp like this would help him and other players to be better prepared for a late call-up into a major tournament like the World Cup.
’Being in a camp like this you can at least keep yourself prepared. It’s not easy to handle yourself after getting a late call-up,’ he told the reporters at the National Cricket Academy in Mirpur.
’I feel that we, who were called in the camp, were very lucky. Because the World Cup is coming and if anyone gets injured the replacement will be picked from here. So, everyone is attending this camp very seriously because you never know when they might need a player from here,’ he added.
Imrul has past experience of receiving late call-ups for major tournaments as the left-hander was included midway into the 2015 World Cup as a replacement for an injured Anamul Haque and again in last year’s Asia Cup in Dubai as a replacement for Tamim Iqbal.
Imrul had a disastrous time in the 2015 World Cup with him scoring only nine runs in three matches.
But the 32-year old came up with the goods in the Asia Cup as he struck a vital unbeaten 72 against Afghanistan in his very first match in the competition in Abu Dhabi, that too while batting in number six position for the first time in his international career.
Imrul claimed to be ready to bat in any position his team required and hoped to adjust to the foreign conditions and surfaces better with the help of the ongoing training camp.
’Everybody knows that I was picked to play in the Asia Cup very suddenly. It was actually quite difficult… It’s a good thing for me that at least this time I’m practicing my skills here. When the opportunity comes, in whatever condition and position my team asks me to play I will be ready,’ he said.