Right-arm pacer Abu Jayed’s inclusion in the 15-man squad for the World up has come at the expense of fellow fast bowler Taskin Ahmed. He is the only member of the party not to have played an ODI prior to selection.
Jayed has played five Test matches for Bangladesh, the first of which came in July last year against the West Indies, against whom he recorded figures of 4-59 in the second Test in Jamaica.
Jayed’s rise to the national team started when he took 29 wickets and established himself as the leading wicket-taker in the 2016-17 National Cricket League.
Last year proved to be significant for the 25-year-old as he emerged on the scene in all formats, making his T20I debut against Sri Lanka five months previous to his Test debut as well as being one of twelve debutants to be named in Bangladesh’s 31-man preliminary squad for the Asia Cup.
Jayed, who has picked up 15 international scalps, continued impressing on the domestic scene too in 2018, forming part of the Chittagong Vikings squad in the Bangladesh Premier League while his 20 dismissals in five matches meant he was the leading wicket-taker for East Zone in the Bangladesh Cricket League 2018.
Jayed’s adventure now takes him to more friendly conditions in England where he will hope to demonstrate the prodigious outswing that was evident during the Tests in New Zealand, including a 3-94 in the Wellington Test.
The pace bowler said he was surprised when he heard that he was in the squad, and it is the unknown quantity that he represents that could well prove to be the chink in opposition sides’ armour.
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