Anamul Haque Pleased With Healthy Competition In Bangladesh
Bangladesh opening batsman Anamul Haque was thrilled with the healthy competition for spots in the Bangladesh team which he feels has raised the performances of the national side in recent past.
After having made the quarter-finals of the World Cup this year, Bangladesh also went on to whitewash Pakistan at home in a One-Day International and Twenty20 series.
Dwelling on Bangladesh’s huge success in recent months, Anamul hopes to fit in with good performances of his own.
"I am really glad to see the team doing so well,” said Anamul.
“There is a lot of competition for places, which is really great.
“It is exciting for me to see how our team has matured over the last few months.
“I am looking forward to contribute with my skills and help maintain the great work that we are doing as a team."
Anamul’s World Cup campaign was halted midway after he suffered a shoulder dislocation against Scotland consequently ruling him out of the tournament.
The solid batsman has since then made a speedy recovery and gone on to make truckload of runs in the domestic circuit pushing his case for the home series against India next month.
"It was really a tough time for me on a personal note but I was really excited to see my teammates doing so well in the World Cup and also in the series against Pakistan.
“We are a confident bunch at the moment and will look to carry on with the momentum that we have gathered."
After sending a depleted side to Bangladesh last year, India have announced a full-strength squad for this series but Anamul isn’t worried about the opposition.
Exuding confidence over Bangladesh’s new-found temperament, Anamul is hopeful of his side’s chances against India.
“We are focusing on our game and what we want to do.
“Truth be told, it did not matter which sort of side India would send because we are preparing to fight against any given opponent.”
India defeated Bangladesh in the World Cup quarter-final in Melbourne this year, a match that was marred by the famous no-ball incident against Rohit Sharma who went eventually on to compile a match-winning ton.
Consequently, Bangladesh fans were all over the social media raising their voice in protest against the decision.
The 22-year-old admits that the controversies which occurred after the World Cup quarter-final between the two sides will spur the intensity and hype around next month’s series.
"It obviously would be an exciting series no doubt, especially after what happened in the World Cup quarterfinal.
“The amount of hype created after that match in all social media will make this series really exciting for the fans.”
Anamul who has compiled three ODI centuries in his 30-match career thus far hopes to put up a good show in the series.
"I would love to win a match or two for my country.
“I am confident of putting up a worthy performance which will make me and my team proud.”
India’s tour of Bangladesh comprising a one-off Test and three ODIs will kick-off on 10th June in Fatullah.
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