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Naturally, it is very disappointing to lose this game - Soumya Sarkar Bangladesh

Bangladesh all-rounder Soumya Sarkar wants to build on ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup experiences to take his game to another level.

  • All-rounder is one of a crop of Bangladesh players with a big future, according to coach Steve Rhodes
  • 26-year old would love to continue his development in county cricket
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Head coach Steve Rhodes spoke immediately after the 28-run loss to India at Edgbaston about a core of what he described as ‘middle’ players who hold the key to the next stage of the country’s cricket development.

Soumya, 26, fits the bill having now appeared in 51 ODIs and made enough starts with the bat during the tournament to show that he has the talent to make a sustained impact at the highest level.

He threatened the strong India attack as Bangladesh chased a target of 315, only to fall victim to Hardik Pandya on 33 in frustrating manner as soon as the medium-pace bowler joined the attack.

Although the loss confirmed their elimination, Bangladesh have confirmed themselves as a force in the white-ball game with younger talent backing up the likes of captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim.

“Naturally, it is very disappointing to lose this game,” said Soumya. “I think set batters could have changed the complexion of the game by going on for longer, but none of us could do that.

“A bigger score from any one of us would have made things different and I include myself in that group. It might have changed the result, but unfortunately it was not to be.”

Soumya had taken only a single wicket with his medium pace before the World Cup, but has added four more scalps over the tournament with Rohit Sharma his victim this time.

Having bowled well during junior cricket, it is an area with scope for improvement that could make him even more effective at the highest level – and an attractive signing in domestic events around the world.

He also revealed that one ambition is to further his experience by playing county cricket in England, following the likes of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib who have both been popular figures across the shires.

“I would love to play and I really hope that opportunity comes along,” he added. “It has always been something I have wanted to do because it would be a great experience in improving my game.

“One of the challenges is to play cricket in different conditions and I have learnt things during the World Cup itself about the different grounds. Things like the backgrounds, the fast outfields and seeing the ball at the crease.”

He is now looking forward to one of the sport’s great experiences by playing at Lord’s on Friday, when Bangladesh finish their campaign against Pakistan.

 Bangladesh are playing for pride, which burns deeply, but victory for Pakistan could still take them into the semi-finals.

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