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Tushar believes he is mature enough to play in nat'l team

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Tushar Imran believes that he is now more matured to handle the pressure of playing in the national team as he feels more confident after making loads of runs in the domestic arena.For an experienced cricketer in Bangladesh, even red-hot form does not guarantee a jump from domestic to international cricket and there are many seasoned campaigners to justify it.

Tushar is going through a purple patch in the domestic arena and despite hitting hat-trick of hundreds in the ongoing Bangladesh Cricket League seems to be wary of looking too far ahead. 'Breaking into the middle-order is tough. I think I have to score a lot more to beat the current lot,' Tushar told Asian Age when his attention was drawn regarding making a comeback in the national set-up.

'The only place for me to prove is domestic cricket,' he said. 'I am just trying on my own but in the position where I usually bat, there's Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah, Shakib and Mominul [Haque]. They have been consistent in international cricket while I have been doing my job in domestic cricket.'

Tushar said that he is eyeing to claim a spot in the Bangladesh A team during their home series against Sri Lanka A as the weight of runs has put him firmly on the decision-makers' minds. Tushar struck hundreds in each innings for South Zone in a Bangladesh Cricket League match against East Zone.

The second string side of Tigers are scheduled to play three four-day matches and three one-dayers from June 26  and keeping that in mind selectors are preparing a squad to be part of the BCB's High Performance programme, the Bangladesh A side and the senior side as well. 'I think if he thinks I need to give a test before the final exam [Bangladesh call-up], the Sri Lanka A series is coming up,' said Tushar.

 'My fitness is better than before but I am constantly keeping myself fit. When you are scoring heavily, you don't have to do extra fitness work. I am doing the job in the 22 yards.' Tushar managed only five Tests and 41 ODIs in five years since making his debut in 2002 and he was only able to hit two half-centuries and eventually became a symbol of how underprepared young Bangladesh players were in the early days of Test status.

Earlier this year, Tushar became the first Bangladeshi batsman to reach 10,000 runs in first-class cricket. He has averaged 50-plus in seven out of the last 10 seasons, and since his last international match, Tushar has been the highest run-scorer in Bangladesh's four-day cricket circuit.

'Whenever possible, I try to score more than my teammates Soumya [Sarkar], Imrul [Kayes], [Anamul Haque] Bijoy and [Mohammad] Mithun. It is what keeps me going,' he said. 'I am trying in my way, and if the selectors think this is what I need to do then I am prepared to take the challenge,' he added.

-Atif Azam, AA

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