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Bangladesh pace bowler Rubel Hossain has broken his silence for the first time since he was cleared to represent his country in the World Cup by a Dhaka court.
Hossain was recently granted bail until the end of the tournament after he was accused of raping and lying about his intent to marry 19-year-old actress Naznin Akter Happy.
While the court drama is still lingering in the back of his mind, Hossain has vowed to do everything in his power to ensure Bangladesh enjoy a successful World Cup campaign.
“I was mentally worried,” Hossain admitted. “But I don’t have that in my mind. I am not even thinking about it. My main target is the cricket. I am playing for my country, and I am trying to do better for the team. I have been going through a tough time but I don’t want to get stuck on it.
“We have a big mission up ahead so I am focusing on how to make it successful. I have had some bad times. I express gratitude to those who stood by me. I will ask everyone to pray for me, so that I can do something in the World Cup.”
However, Hossain also noted that Bangladesh’s pace attack have to get accustomed to the conditions in Australia before the World Cup gets underway on February 14.
“The pace bowlers become aggressive when they see a wicket with bounce.” he said. “We think of beating the batsmen, hitting them. But bowling in the right areas is more important on these surfaces.
“Australia will present us with a chance to bowl on bouncy tracks. We don’t usually get them at home. We have to be clever bowling on such wickets. As a team we believe that we can get accustomed to conditions in Australia.”