Bashar upbeat about playing against Kiwis

Published: Friday, September 24, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Bangladesh cricket captain and explosive batsman Habibul Bashar has said he was confident of resuming batting within a span of two weeks and would kick off preparation for the upcoming home series against New Zealand.

The star Bangladeshi bastamn returned from Australia on Wednesday night after he had undergone a surgery on his damaged right thumb in Melbourne.

"I have been not been feeling much pain after the plate was removed," he said.

The top-order, who missed the ICC Champions Trophy, said that he is expected to join the national camp on Sunday. "The surgeon has told me that it takes about six weeks to fully recuperate from such injuries. So I am optimistic that by at least October 4, I would definitely be able to hit the nets. Before that, I would join the physical workouts with my teammates."

Bashar conceded that despite being shaping up well in the warm-up matches, the Bangladeshis failed to make an impact in the two matches of the Champions Trophy.

"Of course, I haven't seen any of our matches. However, I understand that the performances of our boys were dissappointing and depressing. I know we're going through a downward spiral at the moment and also know it would be difficult to arrest the slide before the home series against the New Zealanders."

"What happened has happened and nothing can be done about that. There is no point in digging up the past when we have an important Test series coming up. We need to really strive hard and keep ourselves focussed," Basher added.

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