Tuesday, 17 May, 2022

Fizz, Mash face fresh reality

Fizz, Mash face fresh reality
(From left to right) pacer Mustafizur Rahman poses for a photo during a training session while former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is seen trying to bowl despite carrying an injury on Wednesday. – TANVIN TAMIM

Experienced batsman Imrul Kayes will lead Comilla Victorians in the upcoming edition of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League.

Victorians had a busy day at the BCB academy premises though their major bowling attraction Mustafizur Rahman was seen skipping the session due to unknown reasons.

“I am informed officially that I am the captain of Comilla Victorians,” Imrul told reporters on Wednesday.

Mustafizur was just involved in a photoshoot and did not take part in the practice session while their foreign recruit Faf du Plessis did not leave any stone unturned spending considerable time in the net to make sure he is well prepared before the tournament, scheduled from January 21.

“He (Du Plessis) is a big player and he just shared his experience and wanted to know how the wicket will behave,” Imrul said.

While Mustafizur skipped the practice session in the morning it was a different story altogether in the afternoon as Mashrafe Mortaza arrived and tried to bowl despite carrying an injury.

Mashrafe received an injury on Tuesday and is expected to be unavailable for the first couple of matches in the tournament but the urgency only suggested he is madly trying to get back his rhythm to make him available in the tournament. Mashrafe failed to complete the session as per his expectation considering he just managed to bowl four deliveries before he was forced to withdraw as the pain recurred but that hardly took away anything as far as his for the game is concerned.

Bangladesh pace bowler Ebadat Hossain and Khaled Ahmed did not miss the opportunity to take some tips from the experienced campaigner and he was seen happy to share his experience with the fellow cricketers.

It was later known that Mashrafe told his close allies that he is trying to make sure that he is fully prepared before beginning his campaign in the BPL as he is away from competitive cricket for a long time he is just putting all his effort to get ready for the tournament.

Meanwhile, Sylhet Sunrisers batsman Mosaddek Hossain said that though their team is not so strong in pen and paper they are confident enough to give a good account of themselves in the tournament.

“We don’t have big stars but everyone is a performer and we can do well if we can play to our potential,” said Mosaddek.

Chattogram Challengers bowling coach Shaun Tait insisted that he is now working on knowing the players as that is the main thing initially in a franchise-based cricket.

“When I was a player and going to different leagues around the world, I bumped into some coaches whom I really liked. For me, you come in for a short period of time; there are so many players in the squad that we don’t know. We have never met a lot of the guys, some of the players I have. So, it is quite difficult sometimes to work out whatever one does or how they go about it,” Tait said. “So, the first 3-4-5 days are important to know everyone and get to gel. Hopefully, I will leave Bangladesh after the tournament and forge a couple of good relationships,” he said, adding that he is interested in taking the role of Bangladesh bowling coach that went vacant after Ottis Gibson was released.

“I am interested for sure. Absolutely. They have got some time to think about who they are going to go with. It’ll be a great job for me,” he said. Khulna team’s head coach Lance Klusener said that he is looking forward to teaming up with Mushfiqur Rahim in the BBPL.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Mushfiq. I haven’t had the opportunity before to join this team. He has probably the smartest and toughest cricket brain in Bangladesh and it’s a privilege to work with people like that,” said Klusener.

“I’m looking forward to that relationship and supporting him as well. I am also looking forward to picking his brain because for me Bangladesh is probably the hardest place on the planet to come and play cricket. We have seen that with overseas teams that come here. So as I said, we are focused on making sure our local players are going to step up to the mark as well,” he concluded.