A top Bangladesh Cricket Board official said that they are planning to launch the shadow national team programme named ‘Bangladesh Tigers’ during the upcoming home series against Afghanistan.
BCB approved the development programme Bangladesh Tigers in June 2021 but failed to launch it till now but the board official insisted that they will launch the programme to prepare the Test squad for the forthcoming tour of South Africa.
“I had several meetings with BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus and Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud to understand what their requirements are. When we will have the Afghanistan series we will be playing T20 and ODIs and later, we will move to South Africa and we have Test matches there,” he said.
“So what we are planning is to start the ‘Bangladesh Tigers’ programme with the Test cricketers along with cricketers who are dropped from the national team but doing well now and who had done well in the longer version cricket,” he said.
“Later the national team players will leave and other players will be busy with domestic cricket and afterwards, we will again start the programme and we will have a year round programme,” he added.
During the last board meeting on December 24, BCB formed a committee - Bangladesh Tigers- with Kazi Inam Ahmed as its chairman and Obeid Rashid Nizam as vice-chairman of the committee.
Inam said that their programme is a pathway for the national team while adding that it will not be putting Bangladesh ‘A’ team’s activities at risk.
“Look apart from Bangladesh team there is ‘A’ team that have a tour and whenever they have a tour majority of the players should be coming from Bangladesh Tigers,” he said. “As of now, there is no plan for tours (with Bangladesh Tigers). We might have programmes to do training abroad. It’s a development programme where we are making space for our players with continuity,” he said.
“Feedback for what the national team needs should basically come from the selectors and the captains,” he concluded.