Asia Cup 2018: Soumya Sarkar ready to bat in any position for Bangladesh

Bangladesh will play Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup opener on September 15 in Dubai.

Soumya Sarkar. (Getty)

With the start of the Asia Cup 2018 coming closer, teams are trying to get the perfect balance as they are naming their squads for the tournament. Soumya Sarkar who is included in the 31 member preliminary Bangladesh squad has said that he is ready to bat at any position even lower down the order for Bangladesh. 

Sarkar who lost his spot due to lack of form, has made a strong case with a successful tour of Ireland with Bangladesh A.

"What matters the most is whether I can help the team win regardless of my batting position," Sarkar told reporters at Mirpur. "Doesn't matter if I am opening or batting at seven, my job is to perform well and if I can perform, the team will also get some support. If I have to play there, then I will try to play according to the situation,'' he added.

The new position will certainly demand some bowling output from the medium-pacer too, in order for Bangladesh to strike a balance. Sarkar reckoned he was up for that task as well. "I am always ready to bowl if that suits the purpose of the team," Sarkar said.

"When I began my career at that point we had only one or two pace bowlers but now as there are three pace bowlers so now I don't get that opportunity like before," he added.

Along the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza, Shabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar are two of the most important members of the team. 

Bangladesh will play Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup opener on September 15 in Dubai.

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Anshuman Roy - 30 Aug, 2018

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