Super league performance to shape Tigers’ WC-bound squad

Sports Correspondent

11 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to take some time before selecting their squad for ICC World Cup as they want to evaluate the performance of players in at least two rounds of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League’s super league phase.

BCB Cricket Operation Committee Chairman Akram Khan told reporters on Wednesday that they are taking this time as they are worried about the form of some of their leading cricketers in the ongoing DPL.

Though the announcement does not suggest that BCB will make drastic change in the squad that they have drafted initially for the World Cup but it surely indicates that country’s cricket governing body wants their probable WC candidates to pull up their socks immediately.

“Definitely we’ll announce Bangladesh squad for World Cup before April 22. We’re worried about some of our players’ form,” Akram told reporters at BCB Corporate Office at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur yesterday.

“We’ve yet to see the performance of one or two players in the league and due to that we decided to declare the team sometime around April 18 or 19,” he said.

Akram added that they are evaluating the performance of some of Tigers’ leading stars as they expected them to dominate in DPL and though he did not mention the name of any particular player, the form of Soumya Sarkar, Liton Kumar and Sabbir Rahman remain a major worrying sign for BCB. 

“The national team’s players should be more comfortable in DPL but they are not performing as per our expectations and it is a big problem for us because everyone knows if you do not score runs it will sure effect one’s confidence,” said Akram.

“The process of automatic choice will work for our key performers especially our senior-most players. But those who will not perform will not come under the process of automatic choice,” he said.

“Whether it’s Ireland or World Cup, if we don’t perform, winning any match will be difficult. It worries us. We’re hopeful that if they perform well in the remaining matches of the league it’ll be good for the Bangladesh team,” he added. BCB Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin also echoed the same sentiment.

“Form of some national cricketers is a matter of some concern for us right now,” said Minhajul.

“When a player goes to play World Cup, he should be confident, he should be in good form,” he said.

“If a player scored ample runs or bagged many wickets, it will help him take the challenge in World Cup. I hope if they can start to click in any particular match, they will be able to maintain the momentum,” he added.

Minhajul hinted that they will have a pace oriented attack since it will be played in England. “Since we will play in English condition, we will have more pacers than usual, and this is why are observing many pacers. We will complete the selection process after the two rounds of the super league. We may announce the team on April 18,” concluded Minhajul.