‘It feels like a 500kg weight has been lifted from my body’, says Sohag Gazi

"I hope that I return to the Bangladesh team soon, that is my biggest goal now"

“I hope that I return to the Bangladesh team soon, that is my biggest goal now”

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After his bowling action was found to be legal once again, Bangladesh spinner Sohag Gazi has announced that “it feels like a 500kg weight has been lifted from my body”.

When he was banned from bowling in October last year, Gazi underwent a lot of remedial work on his action before having it retested on January 24 at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai.

“I am very happy,” Gazi told ESPNcricinfo. “I can’t even explain to you. It feels like a 500kg weight has been lifted from my body. I can console my parents as much as I can, but the fear within me was always there. If I had failed the test, I would have been set back by a year. I can’t even imagine that. You should remember I requested the board to give me this retest so it always challenging to me.”

“It was always about my footing. I am now bowling sideways, I should have done that earlier. Now I am bowling better, and with this modified action I have taken 17 wickets in the Dhaka Premier League and the eight-wicket haul in the NCL match I played last week. I am the same bowler.

“When I got banned, I was supposed to be sent to Malaysia. During that time I spoke to [Abdur Razzak] Raj bhai and we discussed and saw videos that my footwork needs to be mended. It had to be slightly sideways and that would fix everything.

“I hope that I return to the Bangladesh team soon, that is my biggest goal now. I hope to continue bowling well in the domestic competitions. Now I will bowl happily.”

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