Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain said he does not have issues to take part in the Test cricket at home soil, report agencies.
Bangladesh played their last Test against West Indies without any specialist fast bowler and deployed an all-spin attack that got them success.
The pitch and condition in home Tests are not very conducive for Tigers’ pacer and it was also alleged that they do not want to play in the five-day cricket.
But Rubel denied the rumor.
“It’s not true. I don’t know who spreads this kind of rumors. Why don’t I want to play Test cricket? Cricket is my bread and butter. My family runs from the income of cricket. So there is no chance of me cheating with cricket. I never said that I don’t want to play Test cricket,” said Rubel on Wednesday.
Rubel has played two matches of Bangladesh Cricket League, the four-day matches’ first class tournament, for South Zone but he is not taking part in the third round as he is preparing to play a one-day practice match against visiting West Indies on Thursday at BKSP.
“No, it is nothing like that. I am bowling at the BCL right? I am playing the matches. If I did not enjoy Test cricket then I would have avoided the longer format [BCL]. I have never cheated this way,” the player concluded.
The right-handed pacer, who last played a Test back in July, brushed off the allegation of not bowling long spells.
“I am bowling long spells in Bangladesh cricket League. Isn’t it? If I don’t enjoy Test cricket then I might have skipped BCL or longer version cricket. But I never do cheating on this,” said the 28-year old.
There have been some suggestions that the Bangladesh pacers do not want to play home Tests. Pacer Rubel rubbished such noises and said they’re a complete lie.
Bangladesh played without a single pacer in the second Test against West Indies — a Test where Bangladesh recorded their biggest Test win. While spinners broke Windes, Tigers’ fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh said the pacers needed to be ready and put their hands up whenever they are called upon. Rubel was asked about whether he hated bowling long spells, insinuating that pacers may not be enjoying the longer version.