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.
The second phase of the individual training programme of the cricketers is all set to kick off Saturday. In this phase, more cricketers are joining as the new schedule of the programme has suggested.
The first phase of the programme was held before the Eid which lasted for eight days, and a total of 14 players had joined the programme across 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.
In the new phase of this programme, almost all the players of the national pool will join. This is the first time so many cricketers are joining outdoor training programmes after the deadly coronavirus hit the country.
Earlier, the cricketers who had joined the first phase, said that it was tough for them to get back to action after a long gap of four months. But all of them agreed that it was required for them to take the field to get the fitness back.
Cricketers who are joining the programme in Dhaka: Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mominul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Shadman Islam, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mehedi Hasan Rana
Cricketers who are joining the programme in the other parts of the country: Mehidy Hasan, Nurul Hasan Shohan, Mahedi Hasan (Khulna), Abu Jayed Rahi, Ebadot Hossain, Sayed Khaled Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed (Sylhet), Nayeem Hasan, Yasir Ali Rabbi, Irfan Shukkur (Chattogram), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Sunzamul Islam (Rajshahi)
The coronavirus pandemic, which has caused postponement of many cricketing events, may now force organisers to delay this year’s edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
BPL is scheduled to take place later this year.
Bangladesh’s Pakistan tour for an ODI and a Test, home series against Australia for two Tests, home series against New Zealand, away series against Ireland and another away series against Sri Lanka have been postponed due to the pandemic.
Not just international cricket, the domestic cricket has also been hit hard. From mid-March, all cricketing activities in Bangladesh were on hold before several cricketers started individual training just a week before the Eid-ul-Azha.
“England started playing international cricket in close-door venues. At the same time, India is planning to host IPL abroad. But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) can’t afford to host BPL abroad like India,” Islam Haider Mallick, secretary member of BPL governing council, told the media.
“More than 100 people work for the broadcasting company and many foreign players and umpires also join BPL. So we can’t host this event without the coronavirus situation getting better. We need to think about everybody involved,” he said.
While this year’s BPL is uncertain, BCB is trying to play the series against Sri Lanka in October. Both the boards are discussing the issue after ICC postponed the T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be played in October in Australia.
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football champions Bashundhara Kings recruited Brazilian footballer Robson Azevedo da Silva Robinho up for one year ahead of their remaining five Group E matches of the AFC Cup' 2020 scheduled for October-November this year in the Maldives.
The contract of the 25-year old left-winger of the renowned Brazilian football club --Fluminense FC--of Rio de Janeiro will start on September 1, 2020 and finish on July 31, 2021.
He will join Bashundhara Kings in the first week of September, but the club not disclosed his monthly salary.
The Kings completed the deal with Robinho on Tuesday (August 4) for one season as the replacement of their Russian World Cup playing Costa Rican booter Daniel Colindres.
Robinho’s first assignment with the Kings against Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of the Maldives in their AFC Cup match on October 23, where the Brazilian is expected to pair up with former Argentine international Hernan Barcos.
Kings called Barcos and all of their local players to join the club in August for a pre-season before the start their AFC Cup camp in September.
Argentine booter Barcos made a hat-trick scoring four goals in Kings’ 5-1 victory over the TC Sports of Maldives in their first-ever appearance in the AFC Cup on March 11 in Dhaka before the AFC postponed the tournament on March 18 due to Covid-19 pandemic.
After roping Robinho, Bashundhara Kings still have an option to recruit two more foreign footballers to fill their quota and one of have to be from Asia.
Kings are looking forward to recruit a player either from Iraq or Australia to fill their Asian quota and another one from CONCACAF region within a week.
Earlier, Kings released their foreign players Colindres, Argentine defender Nicolas Delmonte, Kyrgyz midfielder Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov and Tajik defender Akhtam Nazarov in June-July.
In the four-team group, Kings will take on Maziya again on November 4 after they face Chennai City FC twice on October 26 and 29 respectively before facing TC Sports on November 1, all in the Maldives.
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.