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Old February 3, 2004, 01:20 PM
nasifkhan nasifkhan is offline
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Default Islam here to revive international career.

At 36, Aminul Islam is pretty sure his international career is over. But the former Bangladeshi captain, who burst on to the Test arena with a bright 145 against India in his country's maiden Test match in November 2000, has not lost hope.

The right-hander moved to Melbourne last month to take up an invitation from his old friend Andrew Horsfield, coach of the Ivanhoe Cricket Club.

He reasons a stint here, in the world's best cricketing country, will eventually win him back a place in the Bangladeshi team.

"I spoke to our coach Dav Whatmore before I came and he said, 'If you do well in Australia, you might have a chance'," Islam said yesterday.

"I haven't retired yet. So I want another chance to play for Bangladesh again and this is the best place to improve my game and improve my form.

"I haven't played since the first Test against the West Indies in December 2002 but I know there is a big vacancy in the middle order."

Islam, who was a professional soccer player in Bangladesh in his late teens, also chose Australia because it was here that he decided to pursue a career in cricket, after his experience in the Bicentennial Youth World Cup in 1988.

Islam's first match with Ivanhoe last week did not quite get him off to the start he was hoping for, with the veteran of 13 Tests and 39 one-day internationals dismissed for 15.

But Ivanhoe's president Paul Kennedy puts that down to a combination of jet lag and unfamiliarity with Australian pitches. He is confident his import can not only make runs but also help the club's young players by sharing some experiences, which include leading Bangladesh to the 1999 World Cup in England.

Islam is keen to share his stories, counting his debut Test innings and the World Cup as the highlights.

He takes particular pride at having led Bangladesh to two of its three international victories, the second of which was in that World Cup. That the win over Pakistan is thought to have been a result of match-fixing angers him.

"That particular day, we really outplayed them. It happens in cricket. I don't think they threw the game, there's no chance. They tried their best. They were aggressive and there was a lot of sledging in that match. They did not want to lose against Bangladesh. We won because we played well," he said.

Islam believes Bangladesh can become an "exciting cricketing nation" in the next decade and says time is all it needs to start challenging world cricket's superpowers.

"Our biggest asset is the people, who really love cricket. We're still a baby in Test terms. But we have a lot of young talent, and our job is to find them and nurture them," he said.


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