Bangladesh Cricket Board High Performance Unit (HP) programme of 2018 will end with a two-match ODI series against Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket Team. Both the teams left Dhaka for Chattogram to take part in the series which will be held on September 12 and 14.
BCB started this year’s HP programme on May 28 with the view to groom the upcoming talented cricketers. Total 24 cricketers were selected for HP programme this year.This year’s HP program is going to end without any overseas tour. HP unit were supposed to tour Sri Lanka in September but the tour was canceled.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)’s Game Development Manager AEM Kaisar confirmed the report. He stated that BCB will add Sri Lanka tour in their next year’s schedule.
“HP’s tour is basically a training platform. We added Sri Lanka tour in our next year’s planning calendar. Moreover, most of the HP cricketers were involved in recently concluded Ireland tour of Bangladesh A. Still we planned to tour Sri Lanka with the rest of the cricketers of HP squad. Unfortunately, the tour had to be canceled due to problems regarding schedule. SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) invited us to tour Sri Lanka but our cricketers will be busy playing in domestic league in the coming months,” AEM Kaisar told reporters on Monday.
BCB has been organizing HP programme regularly for the last four years. As a part of the programme, HP squad toured Australia and England last year.
HP cricketers were under a busy schedule for last couple of months as they played three ODIs against Under-19 cricketers in Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) and Khulna.
Keeping forthcoming Under-19 Asia Cup in mind, BCB Game Development Department planned to keep Under-19 team in regular game practice. This strategy led BCB to use HP unit as the perfect squad to increase match experience of Under-19 cricketers.The forthcoming Under-19 Asia Cup will be held from September 27 to October 8 in Bangladesh. BKSP and Chattogram will host all the matches. Earlier, BCB selected Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar as youth Asia Cup venue.