Leggie, express pacer not must, says Enayet

Sports Correspondent

11 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials said on Monday that fielding a leg spinner and pace bowler with speeds north of 140 kmph is a priority not mandatory in Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL).

The announcement was completely opposite to the ones made earlier by BCB when they stated that fielding a leg-spinner and a pace bowler bowling at 140 kmph is mandatory for every team of the tournament.

At that point BCB said that they are making it mandatory as they feel they are hosting this tournament in order to groom their cricketers.

BCB director Enayet Hossain, who replaced Akram Khan as the team director of Rangpur Rangers, made the statement during the jersey unveiling ceremony of his side.

Rangers included Rishad Hossain in their squad but his chance of playing in the BBPL is very slim considering he is expected to play the ICC Under-19 World Cup.

“It is not being imposed (to field a leg spinner and a pace bowler over 140 kmph),” Enayet told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Monday.

“But we will try to have a leg-spinner in the team. And to field a express pace bowler, the wicket has to be of that sort. Then there is also the fact of team combination. We will give priority to leg spinner,” he said.

“I do not think it is mandatory. We (Bangladesh) lack leg-spinner so we have to prioritise. But there is nothing in the terms and conditions (that a team has to play a leg spinner or an express pace bowler). For national interest, we will try to field a leg-spinner,” he said.

BCB director Mahbub Anam during a press conference in October announced that they are making it mandatory to field a leg spinner or a pace bowler over 140kmph in BBPL as BCB has ultimate control in the tournament and they don’t have anything to deal with the franchises.

BCB cut ties with the franchises citing that the franchises are making unreasonable demands and instead looked to make this BBPL a practice grounds for the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

“We had made some rules and regulations for each teams participating in the tournament. The theme of BPL this year is pretty clear. We want to scout out players from this tournament. The significance of the tournament will be less if Bangladeshi players cannot bowl or bat in the right position,”‘ BPL governing council member Mahbub Anam said.

“We are looking for leg spinners. When a franchise came into the tournament they were more interested in winning and as a result in some areas we still have some lackings in national team. So we asked for suggestions from the national team and they insisted that they need to play leg spinners more often. Thus we have decided that every team will have to field a leg spinner and he has to complete his four-over quota and that will also ensure that he is playing in the best eleven,” he added.

“We also want international fast bowlers who bowl at speeds in excess of 140 kmph because we want our players to be more comfortable against these bowlers,” he said.

“We want to make sure that our batsmen and bowlers get enough opportunities (against quicks and leg-spinners), something that was not possible when it was a franchise-based BPL,” he said.

Meanwhile, Enayet added that he is replacing Akram Khan in Rangpur Rangers squad as Rangpur are sponsored by Incepta Group where he is one of the stakeholders.

“Previously I was with Rajshahi and Akram was with Rangpur. But as I am a stakeholder in Incepta Group board, they decided to give me the responsibility of Rangpur team but Akram is also here as he had formed the team and he will be working with me,” he said.

BCB is yet to announce any director for Rajshahi Royals.