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Past is past: Sabbir

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Batsman Sabbir Rahman said on Saturday that he is trying to bury the recent past that had pushed him into hot water as he prepares for the upcoming tri-nation. Sabbir was banned from domestic cricket for six months as well as being fined Tk 20 Lakh for assaulting a young fan during the last round of National Cricket League.

It has had a huge impact on me at a personal level, but as a professional cricketer, I treat it like "past is past",' Sabbir told reporters when his attention was drawn about it. 'I am trying to recover from it, and not let it affect me in the match,' he said.  I want to support the national team as much as possible,' he added.

However, Sabbir is not ready to compromise with his aggressive nature of play that had already earned him three demerits points and any points added to it before this October might force him end up with suspension. 'I am an aggressive players and I always like to remain that way,' said Sabbir. 'I am not thinking too much about the demerit points because there is no problem whether it is 1 or 10 all that matter is performing well in the series,' he said.

Sabbir added that he had some individual session to make him prepared ahead of the tri-nation tournament that includes working on spin and playing in front-foot. 'I might have had some poor performances off late but I am well prepared,' said Sabbir. 'I have tried to strengthen my weak points. I will try to do well in the upcoming matches,' he said.

'I worked on playing spin, playing off the front foot. Runs depend a lot on luck; technique doesn't always make a big difference. I want to come back strongly,' he said, Sabbir added that he is making necessary changes to suit the new batting order as it is all but certain that he is expected to be demoted down the order.

According to team management Sakib al Hasan is expected to bat at three in the Tri-nation. 'Batting at No 3 and down the order requires different temperament. I am trying to adjust to the situation. I am thinking of how to finish games,' said Sabbir.

-AA Correspondent

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