Suspended bowlers upbeat ahead of Brisbane testing


Suspended Bangladesh bowlers Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed are hopeful that they will be cleared to return to bowling in international cricket, after a round of testing is completed in Brisbane later this month.

The duo are in Brisbane ahead of their tests to be conducted at the ICC-accredited Brisbane National Cricket Centre and hope to get the all-clear to face England in October.

Both bowlers were suspended from bowling during the ICC World T20 early in 2016.

The pair will be accompanied by Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and will have a few days to train in Australia ahead of the tests on September 8.

The results of the tests will be made available within a fortnight meaning if they are cleared they could face England in October.

Sunny said in Brisbane: “We have been toiling hard for the last few months.

“The review committee, our coaching staff and team-mates have all inspired us. Our bowling actions are better. But there will be pressure as it is indeed a matter of an examination. Hopefully, if we can do our work properly, we will come back to international cricket.”

Taskin meanwhile is looking to stay positive and continue the hard work, saying: “We are going with a positive mindset.

“We are, of course, excited and optimistic that we will back with positive results. We seek everyone’s blessings so that we can return to international cricket from the next home series. I believe we have put enough effort in the last four to five months.

“The coach and local experts have supported us. In the last four months, [Mahbub Ali] Zaki sir worked with me. Our head coach will be there with us. Hopefully it will give additional inspiration.

“The senior players also supported us mentally. We will breeze through the test if the blessings from all are with us.”

With Mustafizur Rahman currently recovering from an operation, Bangladesh would welcome the boost of having the pair back in action.