BCB out to keep 60 players ready always for across formats
Bangladesh team management has unfolded a plan of making 60 players ready always for across the format in their bid to build a strong players pipeline.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu said on Monday that in line with the plan they have already picked up the 60 players, whom they would nurture to develop a strong unit.
The selectors already announced a 35-member squad for a conditioning camp for the one-off Test series against Afghanistan and subsequent tri-nation series involving Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. A good number of players from the aged level team made the cut in the camp and got an opportunity to practice with the national players.
However amongst the 35 players, the duo that went missing was Anamul Haque Bijoy and Nurul Hasan Sohan that raised a few eyebrows but Nannu cleared the air through revealing their plan of action.
"This conditioning camp is for Test and T20. We arranged the conditioning camp because the players were out of fitness camp, within these four days, we will examine some players," Nannu said here on Monday.
"Bijoy and Sohan are with A team and a list of players is given to merge with HP team which is out of this series. They are also joining the HP. We have a team consisting with 60 players. And these players will be provided for A team, HP and BCB XI so that we can put all the players all together."
"We have made a plan for everyone. All the players are included in 60-man squad are in our radar and we are keeping a close eyes on them," he said.
The chief selector added that Bangladesh A team will tour Sri Lanka in September while HP will have matches against India Under-23 in September.
These games of "A" team and HP unit followed by the Twenty20 tri-nation will help them judge their bench strength and they are looking forward towards it.
"They will go to Sri Lanka in the middle of September for three four-day matches while the HP have one-day matches against India under-23 from September 17," said Minhajul.
"And we have tri-nation T20 series [involving Zimbabwe and Afghanistan]. Here 50-cricketer will have chance, this a good sign. We have lots of matches, we will have chance to judge the players and by that we can hunt new players for next year's," he said
"Test Championship is forthcoming, which is very important. Getting used to Test cricket is very important. Performing in Test cricket is necessary for establishment in cricket. The more you will play well in Test cricket, the more it will bring out success in other formats," he said.
"So considering that, we have scheduled longer format matches for A team. A team is going to Sri Lanka next month where they will play three four-day matches," he added.
Nannu, the former Bangladesh skipper added that the selection committee will start their planning for the next Twenty20 World Cup from the upcoming tri-nation while they will also keep a close look at BPL.
"And apart from that, we want to make some players specialized in longer format. And we have one-day and T20 matches. T20 World Cup is also coming and BCB has planning regarding that. We want to start working from BPL.
Afghanistan and Zimbabwe tri-nation is a good scope. Our planning starts from here," he concluded. -BSS