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Najmul hasn't been able to cement his place in the side

Najmul hasn't been able to cement his place in the side

Opener Najmul Hossain Shanto has stressed he's ready to put his past disappointments behind and move on with his career. The left-hander has failed to showcase his potential so far in his fairly young seven-match international career.

He's caught the eye of the coaches in the past and even impressed Chandika Hathurusingha who had included him in the preparatory camp ahead of the tour of New Zealand in 2017. The aim was to groom and prepare him for the big league. Injuries to three players opened up an opportunity for Najmul to debut in the second Test, where he made 18 and 12 but was then dropped for the next one-off Test in India.

The opening batsman said on Monday that he is eyeing to make a fresh start in the national set-up, leaving behind the disappointment of not being able to grab opportunities when they came around earlier. Najmul played another Test against Zimbabwe in 2018 but seems to have faded away since then. He has also failed to cement his place in the limited-overs setup.

Things, however, changed in just concluded Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League. After scoring just 115 in the first eight innings, he made 115 and 78 in the next two games to prove his pedigree. With the T20 WC scheduled this year, the knocks were crucial to keep Najmul in contention. "I am not thinking about my past. I will try not to repeat those previous mistakes again," Nazmul told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday, were Bangladesh prepare for the upcoming tour of Pakistan.

"In the last few matches, I played well in BBPL and I am sure that if I can have this confidence then I can play well there [in Pakistan] as well. I think I have changed a lot mentality-wise as I believe I can score in this format too. I did not score many runs in the first few matches and my confidence was a little down but I prepared myself, told myself that I can score runs in these formats. I was trying to bring back my self-belief and as I got it back I could score some runs."

Najmul added that he is not very worried about his batting position and is just focused on scoring runs. Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo has also stressed that Najmul is ready to take up the challenge at the international stage. "I am not worried about batting position. I will try to perform wherever I play and in any batting position," Najmul said.

"Usually I play in the top order and I am most comfortable batting there but as a professional cricketer, I should score runs in any batting position. I think big cricketers can score runs from any position.

Najmul also acknowledged that he's not worried about the security situation in Pakistan. "I am not thinking much about that (security). As a professional cricketer, I am focused more on the game and security is not in my hands," he said. "I went there last time [with the Emerging team in 2017] and I think the wicket that we played on was a very good wicket, a very sporting wicket. If the bowler bowls in the right areas then they get help, and batsman can score runs too. If we can play to our strengths and execute our plans then we can do well. In T20 cricket, the team that plays well on a particular day wins and we are going to take it one day at a time."

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