‘BCB not responsible for Mushy’s practice sessions’

Sports Correspondent

8 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

‘BCB not responsible for Mushy’s practice sessions’

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Tuesday that they are not willing to take the responsibility of Mushfiqur Rahim, who opted to practice individually at a private property ignoring BCB’s request to remain vigilant during this corona crisis.

Tigers’ veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has come out of his indoor practice and started training individually out in the field for the first time in order to keep himself fit.

Mushfiqur uploaded a video of his practice session on his official Facebook page, where this hardworking cricketer was seen batting, rolling and planking apart from sprinting drills. He has resumed practicing in the field of Fortis Group at Beraid in Badda.

The move was quite surprising considering the fact that BCB recently stated that all their venues are ready to roll.

BCB had stated several times that they are taking time to resume cricket as they want to see how the COVID-19 situation in the country unfolds.

BCB Cricket Operations Committee Chairman Akram Khan told daily sun that Mushfiqur will have to take all the responsibility for his decision to work out in the private property in the context of the risk of coronavirus contagion.

“This is not the first time he is practicing outside his house as we have seen him running in the streets. Now, we have seen him working out in a vacant place. He will have to take all the responsibility for his action (as we are not responsible if any unwanted incident happens to him due to it),” said Akram on Tuesday.

“I think our grounds are ready for practice but we cannot call the teams back to practice as we want to see how things stand (coronavirus contagion-wise) in the next couple of days and then take a decision,” he said.

“I am not sure why he is not coming to Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS),” he felt.

BCB has taken a new initiative to allow players to borrow training equipment from their facilities and veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has been the first cricketer to grab the opportunity.

Mushfiqur has been training at his home from the beginning of the lockdown and to gear up his intense training at home, he paid a visit to SBNCS on Monday to borrow some training equipment from BCB gym.

BCB recently instructed venue officials to issue gym equipment to the national team players as per their requirement.

“Our facilities are ready to be put in action. We discourage cricketers to visit areas designated as Red Zone, especially places like Mirpur, cricketers should avoid these places. Mirpur has come under Red Zone. But we have everything ready,” said BCB Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

“At the same time, what we are doing is lending some of our equipment to the players so that they can work out even at home. Still, if anyone is using any other facility, they are doing it on a personal basis. They are doing it on their own responsibility and we have no involvement in it,” he said.

“The elite players of our team have been have been advised to be more vigilant in the current situation. If anyone is using the facilities of a private organisation, they will do so at their own responsibility. We have nothing to say or do here,” he said.

“National team players will practice in our facilities as we are providing them with all sorts of opportunities. If they want to practice at home, they have been offered all the exercise equipment we have in our gymnasium,” he concluded.