Bangladesh selector Habibul Bashar believes that fresh wickets in the upcoming National Cricket League will make it competitive that he feels will help them prepare better for the home series against Pakistan.
BCB announced earlier that NCL, country’s traditional first-class tournament, will start from mid October while the fitness test will be held respectively on October 1, 2 and 3.
“The team selection process of NCL is going well. We are taking a little time before starting NCL. NCL teams are getting enough time for preparation. Usually NCL teams never get much time to prepare but this time they are getting nearly a month,’’ Habibul told reporters on Sunday.
“Previously many cricketers were deprived to prepare them before the fitness test. This time they are getting that opportunity. We will give a 16-men squad per side after the fitness test. Usually 14-men squad forms for NCL per side. But considering Covid situation 2 more have been added. Skill training is expected to start from October 5,’’ he said.
‘’Everyone is getting enough time to prepare. The wickets also got enough time to get ready. We are hoping competitive cricket in upcoming NCL,’’ he said adding that it will be a perfect platform to prepare for home series against Pakistan.
“Pakistan will come to Bangladesh just after concluding T20 World Cup. This is a great opportunity for the players. Previously players were not able to get enough preparation before playing a Test match. Obviously there are some differences between practice matches and competitive cricket. The NCL is the perfect platform of preparation for the Pakistan series for our Test players,’’ he added.