Former national spinner Enamul Haque Junior believes playing more red-ball cricket will improve the quality and overall performance of the Bangladesh national team. The veteran spinner is busy to gear up himself for the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) beginning on January 31.
The hero of Bangladesh’s first Test in 2005, Enamul Jr said the playing more red-ball cricket in the domestic circuit will certainly develop the Bangladesh cricket.
“It’s good news that we are going to play another red-ball cricket (BCL). It’s not enough, but it’s always good to have some more games. Bangladesh will play a good number of Test matches this year. So, another red-ball cricket event will help us prepare more,” Enamul told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
“If you look at three cricket giant countries--Australia, England and India- they are playing well in all the formats of international cricket because of having a good culture of playing red-ball cricket. We also have to make it in Bangladesh. I believe that we are not late yet. If we start playing red-ball cricket more seriously, it will help us enormously in future,” he added.
In a recent tour in Pakistan, Bangladesh lost the three-match T20 International series 2-0 with one match was washed out. Enamul believes Bangladesh is yet to find a right path to play T20 cricket like they do in ODI format.
“We are one of the best team in ODI format because we play this format more than any other format. I believe if Bangladeshi players play at least 14 or 15 red-ball matches per season, it will help us to improve the quality in all games,” Enamul further said.
Enamul will represent BCB North Zone in the BCL. Apart from his team, there are three more teams to participate in the event and they are- Walton Central Zone, Islami Bank East Zone and BCB South Zone.