Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday announced the Under 19 Preliminary Squad for a four-week residential skill camp at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP).
The squad comprises a total of 45 players. The cricketers will undergo COVID-19 tests from 15-19 August 2020 which will be followed by fitness training sessions.
Skill training will commence from 23 August and will continue up to September 18. The preliminary squad will also play eight practice matches during the camp.
Group 1: Mushfiq Hasan, Arif Ahmed Anik, Fahim Habib Morshed, Md. Habibur Rahman, Sanjidur Rahman, Bayzid Mia (Roman), Shahriar Alom Mahin, Mustakim Mia, Ashikur Rahman Ashik, Mohiduddin Tareq, Ahosan Habib Leon, Naimur Rahman Noyon, Ashraful Islam Seam, Md Ashraful Hasan Rohan, Hasib Howlader
Group 2: Anik Chaki, Anik Sarker Satu, Emon Ali, Mofijul Islam Robin, Hridoy Dev, Fardeen Khan, Iftekhar Hossain Ifty, Habibur Rahman Munna, Prantik Nowroz Nabil, Golam Kibria, Mahfujur Rahman Rabbi, Md Jillur Rahman, Abu Bokkor Ahmed, Zakaria Islam Shanto, Arafat Islam
Group 3: Sakib Shahriar, Shohag Ali, Mehrab Hossain Ahim, Abdulla Al Mamun, Khaled Hasan, Aich Mollah, Sagor Ahmed, Rihad Khan, Siyam Al Sakib, Shahriar Sakib, Shawon Kazi Sumon, Mijbah Ahmed, Maksudur Rahman, Limon Hossain, Moinul Hasan.
Players of Bangladesh national women cricket team joined the individual training programme on Monday.
Jahanara Alam, the veteran allrounder of women team, joined the practice at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Earlier, almost all the members of Bangladesh men team started individual training. Players like Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, Taskin Ahmed took the field in Dhaka while many others also joined in Chattogram, Khulna, Sylhet and Rajshahi.
“I thought it will be tough for me to start practice after a long gap. But it wasn’t like that,” Jahanara Alam told the media after first-day practice.
“I had worked with the fitness during the lockdown which was good, and that is helping me now. I bowled a few over without any problem. It will be more comfortable in the coming days, I think,” she added.
Jahanara said her bowling was nearly accurate on the first day. However, she also said that a few balls were wider.
“You cannot go ahead without a problem when you return to the field after a long gap. A few balls were wider, what I didn’t want. But I understand you have to face some problem when you come to play after a long gap,” she further told the media.
Along with Jahanara, Nahida Akter and Rumana Ahmed have also joined an individual training programme on Monday.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning a residential camp for the national team players who might be part of Bangladesh’s upcoming tour to Sri Lanka.
The tour was originally scheduled to take place in July-August, but due to Covid-19 situation, the tour was postponed. Both the boards are in discussion to play the series in coming months.
Currently, almost all of the national players have been training alone throughout the country under BCB’s health safety protocol.
But a team practice camp is yet to be arranged.
BCB CEO, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, on Monday said that the board is working with Sri Lanka Cricket to finalize the formats and number of matches. They will arrange a residential camp for the team once the tour is settled.
Chowdhury also said Bangladesh might play three more T20Is with three Test matches. However, the final decision is yet to be made.
“We are in regular contact with Sri Lanka Cricket. As per the initial discussion we agreed to play a three-match Test series. Along with this, we’ve got a proposal to play three more T20I matches as well. We’ll finalize our decision after an internal discussion. We are yet to settle the schedule. We’ll do it once the formats and matches are final,” Chowdhury told via a video message to media.
The team practice camp might be held from early September, as BCB CEO hinted.
He said, “We’ll arrange a practice camp for the national team after finalizing the schedule tour to Sri Lanka. However, as per our tentative plan, if we tour Sri Lanka in later September, we’ll arrange a conditioning camp before that in Dhaka.”
A team camp will require a safe and bio-secure environment. BCB has no experience to do so in the past. It will be a huge challenge for BCB to arrange a bio-secure camp for national team players. However, a residential camp may help in this regard.
“All the national team players are being observed by our medical team through a smartphone app. They have been informing us about their health condition on a regular basis. Once we arrange the camp, we’ll keep them in isolation, and their Covid-19 test will be done accordingly. After that, we will take steps for a residential training camp,” Nizamuddin further told media.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, at least 14 international matches of Bangladesh have been postponed. First was the partial tour of Pakistan where Bangladesh are due to tour to play an ODI and a Test match which is the part of the ongoing World Test Championship. Beside these matches, the home series against Australia, New Zealand, away series against Ireland have also been postponed.
BCB is trying to play all of these matches in the coming months. However, the board is currently busy with the series in Sri Lanka. In a recent media interaction, Nizamuddin had also said that the board is in discussion with the other cricket boards to make the postponed series happen in future.
Bangladeshi Grandmaster Enamul Hossain Razib beat Russian Grandmaster Anton Demchenko (Rating 2641) in the 6th round match of the 48th Annual World Open Chess Tournament being held at the online chess platform, Internet Chess Club (ICC), Saturday night.
Earlier, GM Razib drew with Erick Zhao in the 4th round and defeated Kenneth Patrick in the 5th round.
GM Razib sharing the 3rd slot along with four other players securing 4.5 points after the 6th round of the tournament, organized by the Continental Chess Association.
The 7th round of the tournament is scheduled to begin Sunday night from 11:00 PM Bangladeshi time.
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.