BCB eyeing to resume cricketing activities from Jul-Sept

Sports Correspondent

5 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

BCB eyeing to resume cricketing activities from Jul-Sept

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is eyeing to resume cricketing activities from July-September through a month long training camp, said national chief selector on Saturday.

Cricketing activities in Bangladesh is closed since March after the outbreak of coronavirus and while some other cricketing nation started their cricketing activities BCB is yet to come up with any plans of action.

BCB on July 2 through a press release stated all their grounds are prepared for resumption of cricket that suggested as part of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)’s continuing efforts at facilitating its exit strategy following the disruption to programmes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, major international and first class venues such as the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka, Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram, Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet, Khan Shahaeb Osman Ali Stadium (KSOAS) in Fatullah, Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium (SKICS) in Cox’s Bazar, Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium (SANS) in Khulna, Shahid Chandu Stadium (SCS) in Bogra and Shahid Kamaruzzaman Stadium (SKS) in Rajshahi have been undergoing constant maintenance.  

The venues are following hygiene and safety standards as per the COVID-19 guideline of the BCB. Staff and workers have been instructed to maintain the sanitisation protocol. Despite the challenges of ensuring an adequate workforce during the time of the coronavirus, a sufficient number of cleaners have been assigned at the BCB facilities.

“We are very mindful of the fact that we have to get our cricketers back on the field sooner rather than later. The process of resumption should start with training and for that we have kept our grounds and practice facilities fully prepared and functional,” BCB chief executive was quoted. 

BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury earlier said that prepared three different training modules for cricketers when cricket will resume in the country adding that they are planning for an intangible training session for the cricketers and also trying to create a bio-safe environment training facilities for the players.

BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu said on Saturday that they are planning to hold a training session by the end of this month or first week of September.

“We are planning to hold a training session from end July of in the first week of August,” said Minhajul.

“Our grounds have been prepared so that cricket activities can start. It actually depends entirely on the corona situation. It will start as soon as the situation improves. Firstly the cricketers have to do fitness work and later they will do skill training,” he said.

Minhajul added that they are waiting for the outcome of the ACC meeting on July 9 as that will help them to form the squad.

“We will form the squad after knowing the fate of Asia Cup,” said Minhajul.

“If the Asia Cup is announced than we will form a 24 member squad that will be filled with white ball cricketers while if that is not the case we will form the camp with 37 cricketers that we have prepared,” he said.

“See all the cricketers are out of the field for about four months. They will work in the fifth month. Fitness must be seen first at there as that is the most important thing,” he added.

Meanwhile, local coaches and experts have expressed fears that the cricketers will lose muscle memory after being stayed so long from outdoor practice.

They said that whatever practices they have been doing at home to keep them fit will not be enough to keep their muscle memory in proper shape.

The players’ fitness in Bangladesh cricket always remains a key issue when they play international matches as they are not as naturally gifted as other country cricketers in terms of muscle power with batting, bowling or fielding either.