The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is set to host a camp with at least 32 cricketers starting from July 31st.
Initially, the camp will provide an opportunity for the cricketers to improve their fitness. On August 3rd, the players will undergo a Yo-Yo Test. Those who pass the fitness test might earn a spot in the main squad for the Asia Cup.
Minhazul Abedin, the chief selector of BCB, said that the squad for the Asia Cup will be announced in the first week of August.
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"We want to assess the fitness level of the cricketers," Minhazul told the reporters on Sunday in Mirpur. "We've initially selected 32 players for the camp. Following the Yo-Yo Test, we will narrow it down to 21 cricketers. By the end of the first week of August, we'll announce the final squad for the Asia Cup."
Tamim Iqbal, the opener, is going to miss the start of the camp as he is currently in London, undergoing treatment for a back injury. It's unclear whether he will join the camp soon.
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Bangladesh's last assignment was the home series against Afghanistan. Since then, most of the cricketers have had an extended break from cricket, with a few of them participating in foreign leagues.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Taskin Ahmed took part in the Zim Afro T10 League in Zimbabwe, while Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das are busy playing in Canada. Shoriful Islam, Towhid Hridoy, and Afif Hossain went to Sri Lanka to play in the new season of the Lankan Premier League, so they will miss the start of the camp.
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Apart from them, most of the cricketers are currently not engaged in any cricketing activities. For them, proving their fitness is key to earning a spot in the squad.
"It's been weeks since the conclusion of the Dhaka Premier League and National League. So, we would like to assess the fitness levels of the cricketers," Minhazul said.