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Taskin hurt for not being able to play in overseas competitions

Published : 08 Jun 2023 08:00 PM

Taskin Ahmed, the Bangladesh pace bowler, admitted that 'sometimes he feels bad' for not being able to take part in overseas competitions. Cricbuzz had earlier reported that Taskin was denied permission to take part in County cricket for Yorkshire Cricket Club as the BCB was not ready to take any risks ahead of the World Cup.

It is not the first time he is missing an overseas tournament. In the past teams like Lucknow Super Giants and Multan Sultans wanted him to play for them in Indian Premier League and Pakistan Super League respectively.

"Yes, I got an offer from County Yorkshire. Actually, they wanted me for a long season and I had spoken with the coach (Chandika Hathurusingha), and the board after considering everything, they decided not to release me for the longer-version cricket," Taskin told reporters on Wednesday. "I didn't talk with the cricket board or the team in this regard later and it is okay. If I am fit and can play well, there will be opportunities in future.

"I like it because the cricket board cares about me so much. I'm lucky as a player as they are trying to keep me safe before the World Cup. As a player it is a great honor for me. Please pray for me so that I can remain fit and play all the matches for the national team while also praying so that I can play in those leagues in my spare time," he said.

Taskin, however, added that it is disappointing to miss out on some leading tournaments in the world like County and franchise-based T20 tournaments. "Who doesn't want to play in those leagues? But at the same time you have to understand that I can't ignore my national commitment and it's difficult because I play in all three formats.

"If I can't go when there is free time, that hurts and hopefully in future I will get more opportunities. But sometimes, it feels bad (not to play in those leagues) because I want to play in those leagues for some personal achievements," Taskin said.