‘Why wouldn’t I want to play Test cricket?’ – Rubel Hossain denies reports

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Bangladesh paceman Rubel Hossain has trashed reports that he wants to discontinue playing the longer format of the game, calling it ‘a total lie’.

With the Bangladesh attack dominated by spinners in home conditions – in their last outing against the Windies, they did away with pacemen altogether – the fast bowlers have had a tough time getting into the side.

“It’s a total lie,” he is quoted as saying by The Times of India. “I don’t know who spread it because why wouldn’t I like to play Test cricket? Cricket gives me my bread and butter, and I sustain myself and my family by playing cricket.

“So there is no way I can cheat with it. I never said that I don’t want to play Test cricket. It is not that I don’t want to bowl long spells because if that was the case then I would not have played BCL (first-class) tournament.”

“For quite some time, spinners are dictating terms in Tests for us while the pace bowlers are not able to do well,” he said. “The situation in the second Test was such that the wicket was prepared for the spinners. Naturally, it is disappointing when the spinners are doing well, and the pace bowlers cannot play.”


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