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Chandika Hathurusingha said that it was not fair to take the final call on a player based on his performance in just a couple of games AFP

Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha on Monday backed the selection of players Soumya Sarkar and Shuvagata Hom‘s selection the T20I squad against hosts New Zealand, set to be played from Tuesday. He also appreciated the call to select Tanbir Hayder in the just concluded ODI series, which the visitors lost 0-3, while he said that Bangladesh is looking for the perfect leg-spinner, who could be played in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017, to be held in England. Tanbir. who was selected in the playing XI of the second and third ODI against New Zealand, went wicketless in both the matches, and managed to score just five runs. However, Hathurusingha said that it was not fair to take the final call on the player based on his performance in just a couple of games.

“Tanbir bowled well in [the training camp in] Sydney and then here also in the nets, and we were probably looking at the bigger picture. We wanted to see a leg-spinner going for the Champions Trophy and the World Cup in England. So that’s another reason to play him as well. If you are expecting someone to come in and do well in two matches and establish himself, it won’t happen,” said Hathurusingha, reported ESPNCricinfo.

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“Tanbir bowled well in the first game, and then in the second game he didn’t bowl as well as we would have liked and neither did the other spinners in our team. So, in that case we are disappointed. But I don’t judge a player in one or two games because we picked him seeing something in him and he has done well in practice,” he added.

Speaking on Soumya’s selection, he said, “When he [Soumya] scores runs we win matches. That’s why we are still banking on him. Someone who has got a batting average of 40-odd and strike-rate over hundred, we don’t have many in Bangladesh or even in world cricket. That kid can play international cricket. If you look at history, every good player – Steven Smith, Joe Root – all these guys got on to the international stage and then had a blip and then came back. I’m hoping that he will come back sooner than later.”

Finally, he also commented on Shuvagata’s selection. “If you remember in the last T20, he played. We have to be very consistent in our selection. We just can’t go by hearsay selection. What I am trying to do is bring stability to the team. The only way we can bring stability to the team is by how we act. He played the World T20 and he bowled well in the last two games. He is in the squad because of that. The other person, I think, competing with him is Mosaddek Hossain, who is a similar player as well.”