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Saifuddin wants to bat higher up the order



Bangladesh pace-bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin wants to bat higher and expresses his desire to be a good finisher for the national team. However, he agrees that it’s tough to get this kind of chances in the national team.

Saifuddin has done well as finisher in domestic cricket till now. Speaking to the media on the eve of the start of the another edition of Dhaka Premier League (DPL), Saifuddin, however, expressed hope that he wanted to build himself as a good finisher if given the opportunity.

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“I’m not satisfied about my role. I couldn’t do anything, it’s true. And there is no end to the improvement. It is not necessary to talk about improvement in just words. One must have own desire. And he has to get a lot of opportunities in matches and practice. If I say I will be the best finisher in a week or a month – it is difficult,” Saifuddin said.

The 24-year old Saifuddin has become a regular for Bangladesh in international cricket. However, as a finisher, he did not get many chances to play a role in the team. But he’s desperate to make a name for himself as a batsman in a match or practice, “Maybe I have been able to prove myself in domestic cricket. To take the finisher role in the international level is to play a bigger role, to get many more opportunities; Whether it is practice or match.”

Saifuddin said a few days ago that he wanted to bat at No.5 or No.6. He batted at No.7 or No.8 in the national team. Abahani’s squad in DPL is like another national team. Even in this team, his desire won’t be fulfilled, Saifuddin knew.

“Opportunity will not come, that is the reality. There is no benefit in just saying! You have to bat at No. 7 at the end of the day. Of course, the team management won’t let me to bat before Afif [Hossain]. Even then, I will request the team management to give me a chance in one or two matches. If the team gives a chance, since last time I have made a great contribution with the bat for Abahani. If they think so, I’m obviously interested to bat higher up the order.”

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