In a video meeting with the national team cricketers and coaching staff, veteran South African coach Gary Kirsten said that team bonding is the key to success. He was invited as a guest by Bangladesh’s head coach Russell Domingo.
Most of the cricketers are stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, a few national cricketers started individual training programmes before Eid. The programme will continue next week.
“Gary Kirsten joined this meeting today. He talked about many things and tried to inspire us. He is a world cup-winning coach. He is a legend to us. Many senior members of the national team asked many questions to Gary, and he replied. There were more than 30 cricketers at the meeting. So it was like a get-together for us. I believe this experience will help us,” Anamul Haque Bijoy, the national team opener told UNB.
Kirsten said that team bonding is the key to becoming a champion team, said Anamul. “He advised us many things. He told us that team bonding is key. It’s a basic thing, but very important for a professional team. He also said that a team is not just a bunch of players, but the other members of the team are also part of the team. It’s like a family. Everyone in the team has different responsibilities,” Anamul added.
Rubel Hossain, the right-arm pacer of Bangladesh team, also said it was a good chance for them to learn from a coach like Gary Kirsten.
“We had joined a meeting with our coach Russell Domingo earlier. Now we got Kirsten who is a veteran coach. It was great to have advice from a legendary coach like him. Cricket is a game where sharing experiences is a good thing,” Rubel told the media.
Right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan Shohan, off spinner Nayeem Hasan were also present in the meeting.
Shohan said, “Kirsten was coach of India during their World Cup triumph in 2011. He shared with us the idea how (MS) Dhoni and (Virat) Kohli do their preparations. He also told us how to prepare well to play a good brand of cricket while playing abroad. Riad (Mahmudullah) asked him about how to improve team spirit. He said that everyone should follow the same training schedule and other things so that everyone can think and work alike.”
Nayeem said, “He is a great coach. We have learned many things from him. He shared how he worked with India in 2011 when they won their second World Cup title. He advised us how to improve our game and perform well in the field.”
Most of the national cricketers might join the second phase of individual training programmes starting from next week.
A total of 14 cricketers had joined the programme before the Eid. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials hope more players will join in the second phase.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking forward to playing the series which have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic threw at least 14 international matches of Bangladesh in jeopardy.
A recent development suggests that the BCB and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are talking about playing their postponed series in October-November. This is the only postponed series of Bangladesh which is on the table right now. But the fate of the other series is still unknown.
“We are in contact with a few countries. We are trying to play in countries which are safe and where the coronavirus situation is better than others. But this is not confirmed yet, we are just discussing it now,” Jalal Younus, the chairman of BCB media and communication department, told the media on Wednesday.
Bangladesh was scheduled to tour New Zealand for a T20I series this year as a preparatory event before the T20 World Cup. Since the T20 World Cup is postponed, that series is uncertain now. However, Jalal Younus said the board is trying to tour New Zealand this year or early next year.
“We are trying our best to back to cricket. In continuation of this, we are providing with the facilities to the cricketers to practice alone in the major cricketing venus of the country. The first phase of the individual training programme was held before the Eid ul Adha. It will continue from next week, and I hope more cricketers will join this time,” he added.
Meanwhile, BCB celebrated the birth anniversary Sheik Kamal, the elder son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujubiur Rahman, on Wednesday.
To celebrate the occasion, the board has distributed food aid to the poor people at the academy ground of BCB. And at the same time, they arranged prayers programme. BCB president Nazmul Hasan joined the programme through a video call from his residence.
The isolation practice camp of the national football team for the remaining four Joint Qualification matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, begins on Wednesday (August 5) at Sara Resort in Gazipur.
Out of initially selected 36 booters, 12 new and comparatively junior booters will join the camp on the first day (Wednesday) while the remaining footballers are scheduled to join camp in batches on August 6 and 7 respectively depending on their Covid-19 test reports.
Three injured booters of Bashundhara Kings -- Masuk Mia Zony, Motin Mia and Atiqur Rahman Fahad--will not join camp as the club did not release them.
Bangladesh-origin Denmark citizen and Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuiyan and Tariq Raihan Kazi, a player of Finland U-17 and U-19 team, who receive a fresh call for the Bangladesh national squad, will not able to join the camp on schedule as they failed to manage air tickets due to travel restriction to Bangladesh.
However, the BFF maintaining a close touch with two booters for make them available in Bangladesh at an earliest possible time.
Earlier, the BFF announced the 36-member preliminary squad on July 26 with a mixture of youth an experienced players, drafted by national head coach Jamie Day, including four fresh booters--Tariq Raihan Kazi (Bashundhara Kings) , Nazmul Islam Russel, MS Bablu (Bangladesh Police) and Sumon Reza (Uttar Baridhara).
The local players are out of the any footballing activities since last March due to outbreak of deadly Coronavirus in the country. So, the BFF has decided to call a big squad of 36 members initially before it reduced to 23- member final squad.
Among the 36 booters, maximum 14 booters picked up from Bashundhara Kings, seven each from Dhaka Abahani and Saif SC, three from Chattagram Abahani, two each from Sheikh Russel KC and Bangladesh Police and one from Uttar Baridhara.
The selected footballers will join the practice camp under the local instructors as per guideline of the reappointed Head Coach of Bangladesh National Football Team Jamie Day, who is expected to arrive here on August 16 to take over the charge eyeing on some points from the matches playing a positive football.
As per the new schedule, Bangladesh will play Afghanistan India and Oman on October 8, November 12 and 17 respectively in their home matches all at the Sylhet Stadium while they will meet the Asian champions Qatar in their lone away match on Oct 13 in Doha.
Earlier, Bangladesh started their campaign in FIFA and AFC joint qualifiers with a 0-1 defeat against Afghanistan in the first match in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on September 10, conceded a 0-2 goals defeat against Asian champions Qatar in the second match in Dhaka on October 10, played to a 1-1 draw against India in their third match in Kolkata on October 15 and conceded 1-4 goals defeat against Oman in the fourth match at the Seeb Sports Stadium in Al Seeb city of Oman on November 14 last year.
In the five-team Group E, Qatar is now leading the point table with 13 points from five matches while Bangladesh are at the bottom place with one point from four matches. Among others, Oman secured 12, Afghanistan 4 and India 3 points.
Selected 36 booters are: Custodians -Ashraful Islam Rana, Anisur Rahman Zico, Shahidul Islam Sohel and Pappu Hosssin.
Defenders- Tapu Barmon, Yesin Khan, Biswanath Ghosh, SusantaTripura, Tutul Hossain Badsha, Rayhan Hassan, Rahmat Mia, Yeasir Arafat, Tariq Raihan Kazi and Manjurul Rahman Manik,
Midfielders- Atiqur Rahman Fahad, Rabiul Hasan, Biplu Ahmed, Mohammad Ibrahim, Masuk Mia Zony, Mamunul Islam Mamun, Sohel Rana, Arifur Rahman, Riadul Hasan, Jamal Bhuiyan, Manik Hossain Mollah, Rakib Hossain and Nazmul Islam Russell.
Forwards- Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Motin Miah, Towhidul Alam Sabuj, Saaduddin, Nabib Newaj Jibon, Faisal Ahmed Fahim, Mohammad Abdullah, MS Bablu and Sumon Reza.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) denied the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA)'s claims regarding handling of franchisee event contracts and payment of players in the ICC events and termed it misleading and misinformed.
In a recent report, the FICA mentioned that the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 Cricket is one of the sanctioned leagues where late payment or non-payment issues persist.
BCB in a media release on Tuesday clearly clarified the issue and stated that the only unresolved/disputed payment cases in the BPL Cricket concerns only four (04) persons, three overseas players and a coach, of one particular team that had participated in the 6th edition of the BPL held in 2018.
It is an isolated case in a tournament where more than 170 local and overseas players and support staff were contracted, it said.
It was learnt that Sylhet Sixers is the defaulter and the BCB is ready to pay entire amount to the players in case of failure of the franchisee.
Between January and April 2020, the BCB received complaints from the representative of the players and coach that the franchisee in question had failed to comply with its obligations and did not complete payment.
As per the franchisee agreement, it was the responsibility of the concern franchisee to pay directly in full to it's contracted players and other support staff.
Nevertheless, as the regulatory body of the event, the BCB had duly inquired the matter and subsequently has initiated legal proceedings against the accused franchisee to realise the pending payment and resolve the issue. It should be noted that the Board has kept constant contact with the concerned individuals and representative(s) who are fully aware of the steps taken by the BCB, the media release added ,
FICA’s media release also points towards Bangladesh as one of the full members which supposedly has not paid its players ICC event prize money. This is a total misrepresentation of facts.
The BCB also denied the claim as they already has completed prize money payment to players from all previous ICC events including the last ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, despite of making late
“It may be mentioned that the BCB has maintained a standard by which players on a number of occasions have received additional incentives from the Board on top of the prize money from ICC events during distribution,” it said.
After a one-week break, cricketers are set to resume their individual training programme on Saturday, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Debashis Chowdhury said.
Fourteen cricketers joined the programme before Eid. They trained alone in five different cricket venues in the country.
Cricketers like Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, Taskin Ahmed trained in Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium while Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahadi Hasan trained in Khulna. Syed Khaled, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nayeem Hasan practised in Sylhet, Khulna and Chattogram respectively.
“The individual training programme will resume from Saturday. The players will train as they did before the Eid. I hope more players will join this time,” Debashis told the media.
BCB is in discussion with Sri Lanka Cricket for a possible arrangement of the postponed series of three Test which is part of the ongoing World Test Championship. The series was originally scheduled to take place in July-August but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After the postponement of this series, the International Cricket Council has decided to postpone the ICC T20 World Cup which was slated to be played in October in Australia.
After the ICC decision, BCB and Cricket Sri Lanka started talks to host the series in October. However, the final decision will be taken by hosts Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Tamim Iqbal, the ODI captain of Bangladesh, might not be available for practice from Saturday as he is quarantined after coming back from London where he went to see a doctor to treat the severe intestinal pain he has been complaining about for a few weeks.
“Tamim is in quarantine as per the government’s requirement. We’re looking after him on a regular basis. He might need to test if he is infected with coronavirus. We’ll see when he can join practice,” Debashis told the media.