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Nat’l discards look to utilise big opportunity

Bangladesh A team to depart for Windies today

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 29 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Nat’l discards look to utilise big opportunity
Players and officials of Bangladesh A team pose for a photo in Mirpur on Thursday before leaving for West Indies to take part in a bilateral series against the hosts. —BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh A team will travel to West Indies today to take part in a bilateral series against the host counterparts, scheduled to start on August 4 in St Lucia.

It will be the first time in almost three years that Bangladesh A team is travelling to a foreign nation to compete in a series.

The last time they took part in a series was back in September, 2019 when they toured Sri Lanka to play two unofficial Tests and three unofficial ODIs and it was also the last series Bangladesh A team played.

This time, Bangladesh A team will face West Indies A team in two four-day matches and three one-day matches with the series beginning with the opening four-day match at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, which will be the host of all the matches of the tour.

The second four-day match will be held on August 10-13 while the three 50-over matches will be played on August 16, 18 and 20 respectively.

The West Indies tour will be crucial for a lot of national discarded cricketers such as Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan and Sabbir Rahman, who will be eyeing to regain their spots by performing well in the series.

Ahead of the series, the Bangladesh Cricket Board arranged a press meet on Thursday at its Press Conference Room in Mirpur where Bangladesh A team skipper Mithun, head coach Mizanur Rahman Babul and selector Abdur Razzak were present.

Mithun, who last represented the national team during the previous Zimbabwe tour last year, insisted that he was not feeling any captaincy or performance pressure before departing for West Indies and was optimistic to get a good result in both series.  

“Definitely it’s a challenge. But I’m not feeling any pressure. We are going to represent A team and it’s not the national team,” Mithun told reporters during the press meet.

“If someone performs well here and the team feels the necessity of him, he will be picked for the team (national). But we are now going to represent the A team,” he said, adding that they would get some international flavour through the series.

“If you talk about competition, A team series are more important than domestic matches. I previously played against West Indies A team. Those, who are close to their national team pipeline, represent in those matches.

“So their team is very strong. I think it will be a very competitive series. Although it’s not international, we will get some similar taste from it,” he added.

Bangladesh A team head coach Mizanur expressed his satisfaction with the overall preparation for the series.

“We tried to take the best possible preparation for the series. We played two one-day matches and a four-day match in Khulna. Regarding our preparation, I can say that we prepared well for the series,” he said.

Meanwhile, selector Razzak informed that due to the disinterest of the opposite cricket boards, the BCB found it hard to arrange A team series on a regular basis.

“The opposition board is the reason behind the less number of A team series. It’s not like we can go there anytime when we want. We definitely want overseas tours. But we have to see the ability of the opposition board,” said Razzak.

“The more A team matches will take place, the better we (selectors) and even the players can understand the current state of them,” he added.