I will be back in less than three months, says Sohag Gazi

"I don't think I will need as long as three months"

“I don’t think I will need as long as three months”

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Bangladesh spinner Sohag Gazi has announced that he is confident that he will be back in less than three months.

Gazi was recently banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he was found to be flexing his elbow over the 15-degree limit for every single one of his deliveries.

It is also understood that former Bangladesh fielding coach Mohammad Salahuddin, who worked with Abdur Razzak when he was banned from bowling in 2008, will start helping Gazi rectify his action next month.

“The suspension has come upon me so the harder I work, the quicker I will return,” Gazi said. ‘I don’t think it will be a problem; I don’t think I will need as long as three months. I have heard that I have [averaged] 25 degrees, which is being considered to be not so much.

“I have done many spin camps but no one really told me that they see a problem with my action. There was something wrong with my feet while landing, which hampered my body balance. I think generally that’s one crucial area that I will work on.

“I will always have this confidence. I am a mature guy, so I know when I am overconfident. I don’t think I am being overconfident, because I know that if I am that way, things will go in the opposite direction.

“I think I have the confidence because I was given some sort of assurance. I was shown video footage in Cardiff – of the test and the match in which I was reported. They matched the two and told me that if they are close, it is enough [for me to play]. They told me that the two are quite close.”

However, Gazi admitted that he will have to be take his remedial course very seriously since he could be banned from bowling for an entire year if his action is found to be illegal once again.

“If I can’t pitch the ball properly by changing my action, I will slowly recede from the picture,” he said. “So I will try to keep both in mind, the action and that I can perform well with the remodelled action.”

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