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Much-awaited Bangladesh Tigers programme begins

  • Atif Azam from Bogura
  • 27 February, 2022 12:00 AM
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Much-awaited Bangladesh Tigers programme begins
Bangladesh Tigers head coach Mizanur Rahman briefs cricketers and other coaches during a practice session at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogura on Saturday. – BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh Test specialists began their preparation for the upcoming South Africa tour in the green-top wicket in Bogura as the Bangladesh Tigers programme got underway at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium on Saturday.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board initiated the move of launching the Bangladesh Tigers programme in an attempt to provide a platform for cricketers to develop their skills under the supervision of a dedicated coaching panel.

The BCB planned to include Test specialists in the development programme ahead of the South Africa tour as the wicket in Bogura is known for having a good bounce.

The BCB also previously held a camp for their Under-19 cricketers at the same venue ahead of their campaign in the global tournament in South Africa in 2020 and it proved dividend in the end, considering the junior Tigers clinched their maiden World Cup title.

Many felt that the preparation in Bogura played a big part in their success considering they were well aware of how to apply them in the green-top wicket.

The BCB opted to take a similar route ahead of the series against South Africa comprising two Tests and three ODIs in March by putting the Test cricketers in the programme that will run until March 7.

Both the batsmen and bowlers had long skill sessions on the opening day that is expected to be helpful preparation-wise for the longer format cricket.

“It’s just the beginning and we are hoping to have similar camps in the future,” Kazi Inam Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Tigers, told reporters in Bogura on Saturday.

“Now we’re having a series against Afghanistan but we also have a Test series against South Africa. So we planned to bring them to this camp so that they can prepare for the upcoming series.

“Along with them, we also included some cricketers who aren’t in the national team but not out of the selectors’ radar altogether,” he added.

Apart from batting on a green-top centre wicket, Mominul and others were seen honing their skills in the side wickets that also had a substantial amount of bounce and carry.

“There is some moisture in this wicket (Bogura) in the morning. So the wicket was prepared accordingly ahead of South Africa series so that we can bat well in South Africa. If we can continue this camp well for a few more days I hope we will be benefited in South Africa,” Test batsman Sadman Islam said.

Meanwhile, the BCB’s Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury claimed that they don’t have any plan to bring back international cricket in Bogura in the immediate future but added that they’ll work on improving the infrastructures of the stadium in the coming days.

“Look, there are some guidelines regarding hosting an international match by the ICC and we have to make sure that we fulfil all their requirements. In that context it’s quite difficult to host an international match in Bogura at the moment but surely we’ll talk with the NSC (National Sports Council) to develop the infrastructures.

“If we have all the facilities available here in future, we can have international cricket here but at the moment it is difficult,” Nizamuddin said about the stadium which last hosted an international match back in 2006.