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Nasir shrugs off selection conundrum, is confident batting at three

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Although he mostly warmed the bench in the Tigers’ recent matches, he feels he has nothing to prove to anyone as far as getting back to the team is concerned.

The 24-year-old offspinning allrounder, once considered an indispensable lynchpin in the middle-order, has, of late, become a question mark for many Bangladesh fans after being repeatedly dropped out of the playing elevens.

In the latest snub, the Bangladesh selectors left him out of the 22-man preparatory squad earlier this month, which will fly to Australia for a training camp after the BPL wraps up in early December.

The move has raised more questions among his fan following who wonder why he is being denied opportunities. But his plight in the national team had apparently also followed him to the domestic Twenty20 competition, though initially.

Nasir is one of the players Dhaka Dynamites held on to from last year’s edition. But he could not bat in the first two matches.

He was then promoted to three for the next matches and scored 38 off 33 balls in the third and 45 off 33 in the next. He also picked up a wicket in each with the new ball.

Nasir, however, dismisses any notion that his performance is a response to the selection snub and is keen to keep doing his job.

“Every match is important. I really have nothing to prove. I am not a child who needs to justify something,” he said.

“My job is to score runs and win matches, that’s it.”

He does not have much experience batting in the top-order. But he is looking comfortable at three.

“It definitely feels good. It doesn’t matter where I score runs, it’s always pleasing…even at eleven. I got runs batting at three in two matches. This is fine for me,” he added.

The Dynamites will take on hosts Chittagong Vikings in the first match of BPL’s second phase on Thursday afternoon.


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