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"I don't think I had a clash with anyone in the team and we are very good friends," Mahmudullah said.

Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah reckoned the news of a dressing room rift during the World Cup was blown out of proportion.

"I think it is better not to talk about those things. The only thing I can say is that some of things did not happened the way it was presented and it could have been presented in a different way. I just want to say this much. I don't think I had a clash with anyone in the team and we are very good friends," Mahmudullah said on Sunday.

"You can come into the dressing room and see how we talk and make fun among us from juniors to senior. I am trying my hundred percent so that I can stay happily with my team mates and want to do same in future," he said.

Besides clearing the air on what went on during the showpiece event, Mahmudullah also gave an update on his fitness that should come as optimistic news to the Bangladesh Cricket Board. On Sunday he bowled five overs without any pain, suggesting he is on his way to regain full fitness ahead of the upcoming Test and Twenty20 internationals at home.

" I am hundred percent fit. My shoulder range is also better than before, our physio our and Dr. Debashish Da reported that," Mahmudullah said, adding he will try to bowl regularly in the upcoming days.

"Every day is a new beginning. During the break I always thought about when I'd return to the field. And during the break, you get to think where you made mistakes where you are lacking and that will help you come back refreshed. And I think there is no alternate of hard work. The more you work hard, you are going to get a better result. I'm refreshed and I am going to work harder than ever," he added.

Mahmudullah also addressed the competition for spots in the Bangladesh line-up now, with a lot of youngsters coming through. "I am taking it [the competition] very positively. Saif, Afif, they are performing really well in domestic level. They all are very talented and exciting players. We always welcome healthy competition because without that we won't have any progress. So I always enjoy healthy competition, and that is good for us," he said.

"And I think it's an open challenge now, because the preliminary squad has just been announced, not the final team. So everyone will try to give their best physically. There will be a physical test soon.

Bangladesh will start their preparation camp for the upcoming one-off Test against Afghanistan followed by a tri-series involving Zimbabwe, with a 35-member preliminary squad at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from August 19.

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