Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday took the first step of resuming domestic cricket as they conducted a fitness assessment test of three teams - Dhaka Metro, Rajshahi division and Rangpur division, for the upcoming National Cricket League.
A total of 60 cricketers from these three divisional teams took part in the fitness test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital.BCB resumed cricket in the country through BCB President’s Cup and Bangabandhu T20 Cup after it stopped following the coronavirus pandemic in March last year.
BCB also hosted West Indies recently for three one-day internationals and two Tests.
However, BCB failed to make any roadmap to resume regular domestic tournaments considering the tournaments they hosted were only part of their preparation plan to bring back cricket in Bangladesh on a full scale.
BCB is yet to set any date for Dhaka Premier League, the country's traditional 50-over club tournament that is considered to be the major source of income for the majority of cricketers, came to an abrupt halt last year.
BCB officials said that they are adamant to host the NCL, the country's traditional first-class competition, after March 18 and this fitness test is the first step towards that direction.
“We are expecting to host the NCL after March 18 as until that time everyone will be busy with the home series of HP against Ireland Wolves,” said BCB tournament committee manager Ariful Islam.“Today we had a fitness assessment of three teams and the members of the other teams of NCL will complete their fitness assessment in the next two days,” he added.