Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi
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Bangladesh pacer Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi smelling a rat at the selection policy of the national team selection panel after he has been excluded from the recently announced 16-squad for the two Tests against Sri Lanka starting on May 15.

The Tiger right-handed medium-pacer believes that he has been axed from the squad not just for the pace issue rather there lies some other stories too.

‘I’ve taken 10 wickets in the last two Tests in Mirpur with this pace. I don’t think pace bowling is the issue here. There can be another story in this matter.’

The 28-year-old has recently been excluded from the Test squad for the upcoming opening Test of the two-match series against Sri Lanka, scheduled to be held in Chattogram next month.

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin claimed that they needed a pacer who can bowl at a speed of 135-140kmph incessantly to get a result in their favor both in the home conditions.

‘I’ve taken 34 (actually 30) wickets in 13 matches with this pace. I don’t understand from where this realization has suddenly appeared,’ told a shattered Rahi.

“Only pace can’t work nowadays, swing is also needed. During our stint at the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy (in Cape Town), one of the pace bowling coaches told me that I don’t need too much fast bowling. If I can swing the ball and bowl at 130 kmph speed, it can be as good as 140kmph.’ he added.

Jayed, who could establish himself  as a generic face in the Tiger’s Test squad was also part of Bangladesh’s tour to New Zealand and South Africa where failed to make his appearance in the playing XI.

The pacer played his last Test against Pakistan in Chattogram back in November 2021 where failed to bag  a single wicket. He also remained wicketless  during Bangladesh’s last Test tour (a two-match series) in Pallekele, Sri Lanka in May 2021.

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