Batsman Yasir Ali was included in the preliminary squad for both the ODI and Tests against the West Indies at home following his impressive showing in the domestic tournaments during the coronavirus pandemic. The batsman talked about how the current pipeline has players from Chattogram and also shared his experience on how the seniors are helping him improve in the national team camp.
The Tigers are gearing up for the first Test at Chattogram on February 3 after sweeping the ODI series 3-0. Yasir was left impressed by the discipline of the senior members in the squad like Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad.
"The more I see the senior brothers the more I am left impressed. Especially the hard work that Tamim bhai and Shakib bhai puts in even in this stage of there careers. We all know about Mushfiqur bhai [his discipline] but I talk to Shakib bhai and Tamim bhai on how they are maintaining themselves. The competitiveness of this era means that if you can't maintain then it's very hard to play. I try to take the good things from everybody.
For many years, Tamim bhai was the sole cricketer from Chattogram who had made the kind of impact he had in the national team. Tamim still remains unsurpassed in that regard but Yasir, who hails from the port city, was hoping that others can now step up from Chattogram and do something significant.
"For some time, there was no player except Tamim bhai who was from Chattogram. By the grace of the Almighty, there are now five to six of us from Chattogram who play in the national team or the HP team. This is a very good thing for Chattogram's future and Bangladesh cricket's future. In the early days of Bangladesh cricket, there were many from Chattogram who was in the national team's playing eleven. It will be a positive thing for both Bangladesh and Chattogram, Yasir said."
The likes of Minhajul Abedin Nannu and Akram Khan will live on in the memories of people who love Bangladesh cricket for their servieces. Tamim Iqbal then stepped up, and before that there was his brother Nafees Iqbal. Mominul Haque too had created a platform for himself and is the current Test captain. Now it is up to the new crop of players to prove their mettle and make a place for themselves.