Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam says he is working hard to expand his horizon. The bowler is only considered to be a handy option in red-ball cricket. But he is keen to make himself count in white-ball cricket as well.
Taijul is among the cricketers who have started individual training in the second phase of the programme.
“I am trying to develop my skill so that I can play in all formats of the game. Along with a new bowling-action, I am trying to add more variation in my bowling. I hope it’ll not take much time. But I don’t want to reveal any details about the action or variation. Let’s wait for more so that I can learn it better,” Taijul told the media after his individual practice session on Tuesday.
In the last two years, Taijul played 10 Test matches and scalped 45 wickets at an average of 29.15 while during the same period, he played five ODIs and two T20Is and bagged only five and one wickets respectively. He failed to prove his mettle as a limited-over bowling option despite registering a hattrick at debut.
“This is my own initiative to make change in my bowling action. I think it’s going well. I also discussed it with our coach (Daniel Vettori). He saw my bowling video and came up with the positive comments,” he added.
Taijul is more successful in the home condition. His bowling stats also back this claim. He played 19 Tests at home and took 93 wickets at an average of 27.10, while in 10 matches abroad, he managed only 21 wickets at an average of 60.04.
However, the left-armer believes a new action might help him to do better in any condition. He said: “as a Test player, I have to play in every condition available. I am getting many variations after changing my action. I think variations can help me do better regardless of the conditions. To be honest, I am thinking much to be a better bowler in every format.”
Bangladesh might play their next Test series in Sri Lanka. The series was originally scheduled in July-August, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both the board had decided to postpone the series. However, after a discussion with Sri Lanka Cricket, BCB said they are hopeful to play the series in October.
“This is always tough to play after a long gap. And at the same time, we are not able to prepare well due to coronavirus situation. So the Sri Lanka series will be difficult for us. Sri Lanka will also suffer in this series,” Taijul further told the media.