Tigers allowed family’s company during WC

Sports Correspondent

11 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BCB Cricket Operations Committee Chairman Akram Khan said on Wednesday that the family of national cricketers can stay with them during the World Cup in England and Wales.

Cricket’s biggest extravaganza will start from May 30 and run till July 14. Board Cricket Control for India (BCCI) allowed the family of the cricketers and support staffs for first two week of World Cup.

But Bangladesh didn’t impose any such restrictions, Akram confirmed the report to journalists in the capital on Wednesday.

“During our time, our family was not allowed to stay with us in such a long tournament because the team management was strict in this matter,” Akram said.

“But we didn’t continue with such rules. Last time during World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, players were allowed to take their family with them. There was no problem,” he added.

Bangladesh will leave the country for Ireland to play a Tri-nation series in the first week of May after which they will go to England straightway.

There will be special practice camp for Bangladesh to cope with the condition of England. Considering the hectic schedule, some cricketers reportedly wanted to spend time with the family, skipping the special camp.

Akram said BCB will consider if the players seek some time-off to spend with the family.

“I heard cricketers talked about this issue (time off).  But they didn’t lodge any official application. We also know that the tour in Ireland and World Cup is going to be very long. In between they want four days off. It’s good to spend time with the family. I hope BCB will consider the matter,” Akram informed.

The World Cup team of Bangladesh is expected to be announced on April 18. The camp for World Cup will begin on April 22 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.