Tigers practice without McKenzie

Sports Correspondent

18 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

While India have come prepared for the pink ball under the guidance of Rahul Dravid in their National Cricket Academy, Bangladesh team are currently without batting consultant Neil McKenzie.

The South African left the team after the first day of the opening Test at Indore and will not be available for the second Test match at Eden Gardens though according to many observers it was the time when he was required the most as Bangladeshi batsmen are not too familiar with pink ball.

According to BCB insiders, board had extended his agreement after the ICC World Cup 2019 with the contract stating a certain amount of days in a year in which he needs to be available for Bangladesh and due to this clause, the South African could make a way out in the middle of the series.

Prior to the series, BCB stated that they would see the performance of the South African in the opening Test before taking a decision about him.

However, it seems BCB now has very little to work to do with him considering his new agreement does not guarantee that he will be available for a full-fledged tour/home series of Tigers.

A top official at BCB said that it is not that he is just their white ball batting consultant rather he is their batting consultant across formats but he used the loophole in the agreement.

“I cannot comment anything at the moment as I have to see his schedule as we have day-basis contract with him,” he said.