Divisional Under-23 squad on cards

Sports Correspondent

15 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Cricket Board is planning to restructure the cricketing activities in divisional headquarters in order to bring competitiveness to the National Cricket League.

Every year the NCL, the country’s traditional first-class cricket tournament team is formed on the back of few days of practice after the team is announced by the selectors.

Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin insisted that they have to bring some change in their structure as he felt that it would be beneficial for longer format cricket.

“We have proposed a plan to BCB to bring some changes in our divisional activities as we feel that it is necessary now like say there will be specific coaches, managers, trainers, physios for each department under which, the first-class cricketers will have the opportunity to practice throughout the year,” Minhajul told The Daily Sun on Wednesday.

Infrastructure development will also be required to conduct activities throughout the year outside Dhaka.

BCB is however hopeful in this regard as they feel that already there is infrastructure in place in Sylhet, Chittagong, Khulna, Cox's Bazar, Rajshahi and Bogura.

Barisal does not have such infrastructure yet but BCB hopes that there will soon be an infrastructure to continue cricket activities throughout the year and the board is planning to set up a divisional academy which will be modelled after the national cricket academy at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Minhajul added that Under-23 teams would be formed in each division to keep the first-class team strong as a large number of cricketers fade away as there is no step after under-19 cricket.

Dedicated coaches and managers will be appointed and they will select the cricketers for the Under-19 squad from the age-level team while the divisional Under-19 team will also face each other during the NCL.

“If a player of the NCL team needs to be replaced for performance or injury he can be replaced from the Divisional Under-19 squad,” said Minhajul   

 “The under-23 team would be formed as the second tier of the first-class teams. They will play a three-day match side by side. From there, the best performing cricketers will be promoted to first-class cricket.

 “This concept is maintained in English County and I want to do the same here,” he added.