Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque said that everything seems to be new to him since he joined the individual training programme arranged by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
It is the second phase of the individual training programme. There were only 14 cricketers who had joined the first phase that completed before the Eid.
“Since I came to the field after more than four months, everything looks new to me. It might take some times to be accustomed to the new normal. I missed being in the field much. But still, I am happy for being to be able to go back to the field,” Mominul told after the practice of first-day at Sher-e-Bangla.
Mominul said he believes Bangladesh will also be able to go back to the field to play international cricket like England, West Indies and Pakistan are doing.
“It is really good to see some teams backed to play international cricket. England now is playing against Pakistan, and the West Indies also had a series against England. I think Bangladesh will also join them soon. But yes, it might take some more time. For now, we have to practice more so that we can be best prepared before our next Test,” Bangladesh Test captain added.
Most of the cricketers were stuck at home during the countrywide general holidays due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many of them exploited the time in personal fitness training while many others had been busy working on the mental aspect of the game of cricket.
“We have nothing to do about the virus. But what we had to do is to practice alone and work on the mental aspect of the game. We did both. We will be trying to improve our game in the field based on that in future. Cricket is not a game which depends on the things on the field. There are many more things what we should learn off the field,” Mominul further told.
13 players will take the field in Dhaka for the second phase individual training programme while more 14 players will take the field in Chattogram, Khulna, Sylhet and Rajshahi. This phase of individual training will continue to August 13, as per the latest schedule provided by the BCB.
At least 14 international matches of Bangladesh have been postponed due to the coronavirus. BCB is putting its best foot forward to make those matches happen in future. They are already in discussion with Sri Lanka Cricket to play the series in October, which was originally scheduled in July-August.
October was booked for the T20 World Cup in Australia. But the coronavirus forced the ICC to postpone the event. And now, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in discussion to take advantage of this chance.
Apart from the series against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh’s home series against Australia, New Zealand and away series against Pakistan (partial), and Ireland have also been postponed due to the deadly coronavirus what has already left 724,900 dead around the globe.