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Surreal actions by nat’l footballers and cricketers on same day

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 27 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Surreal actions by nat’l footballers and cricketers on same day

It seemed players of Bangladesh national football and cricket teams have taken their respective organisations for granted as on Tuesday the former decided to skip their training session while the latter opted not to train in Abu Dhabi, the venue scheduled to host their next T20 World Cup game against England.

National football team camp for the upcoming Four Nations Tournament in Sri Lanka was expected to start with the on-field session under the newly appointed interim coach Mario Lemos at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday at 03:00pm but it had to be cancelled after most of the players didn’t report to their team hotel.

Only five out of 24 players – goalkeeper Sahidul Alam Sohel, midfielder Rakib Hossain and three forwards Jewel Rana, Sumon Reza and Mehadi Hasan Royel – arrived at the team hotel on Monday but others remained absent until Tuesday.

It was learnt that the players expressed their reluctance to join the camp as they had played matches after matches for the last few months without any break.

Meanwhile, the BFF executive committee and national team committee member Imteaz Hamid Sabuj, who is currently acting as interim team manager, informed that the players would join the camp tomorrow (Wednesday).

“The federation talked with the players, they will join tomorrow (Wednesday). They wanted to take an extra one or two-day break,” he informed.

Meanwhile, the Tigers opted not to train at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and decided to train at the academy ground in Dubai ahead of the crucial match against England.

The Tigers are yet to play in Abu Dhabi and their not practising at the venue meant they would be playing the game without having any idea about the surface.

The team management sources said that they opted not to go to Abu Dhabi as it would have taken a three-hour long drive that they wanted to avoid.

Bangladeshi cricketers in the past always had their last practice session ahead of any international matches at the playing venue, though it was not the case on Tuesday.

“I am not sure why it happened but there must be a reason behind it and possibly after assessing all the pros and cons they decided to practice in Dubai instead of going to Abu Dhabi,” a BCB official said when his attention was drawn. 

But the actions of the footballers at home and the cricketers in UAE raised quite a few eyebrows considering it was completely a new chapter in the sporting landscape of the country.