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BCB plans short camp abroad for Tigers before World Cup

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 14 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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BCB plans short camp abroad for Tigers before World Cup

The Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon said on Tuesday that they are planning to have a short camp abroad before the upcoming T20 tri-series and ICC T20 World Cup.

The Daily Sun understands that the board is planning to send the team either to Dubai or Oman for the short camp, scheduled to start on September 22 ahead of the tri-series in New Zealand that involves Pakistan as the other team.

The idea of the camp is to give the newly-appointed T20 technical consultant Sridharan Sriram time with the players so that he can have a look at the players and plan his combination.

Sriram began his three-day short practice camp on September 12 to have a look at his available options but it hardly went according to plan due to incessant rain that stopped the opening day practice a couple of times while no practice took place on Tuesday.

Players did some indoor sessions and gym on the second day.

“Basically we planned to have a three-day camp. Now what we are seeing is that they are unable to do that (due to rain) and it will not be possible soon,” Nazmul told reporters on Tuesday after completing a meeting with the support staff and selectors regarding their plan of action ahead of the global tournament in Australia next month.

“We sat down to discuss our plan of action in the present scenario and we are exploring an alternative arrangement and seeing whether we can practice going somewhere else.

“They want to play somewhere else for three to four days because we have the World Cup and before that, we have a tri-nation. We don’t have a chance of doing camp in New Zealand because we will arrive there on October 2.

“Our technical consultant (Sridharan Sriram) doesn’t know a lot of players because he hasn’t seen them play. Perhaps these practice sessions would help him to find out the combination but he is unable to do that here. That is why we discussed today and decided that we need to do the practice somewhere else,” he added.

Nazmul said that he won’t be surprised if experienced campaigner Mahmudullah didn’t make it to the World Cup squad.

The form of Mahmudullah had been a major concern as his last half-century in T20I came against Papua New Guinea when he was leading the side in the last T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman.

Since the last World Cup, Mahmudullah played 11 matches and scored 182 runs at an average of 16.54 and a strike rate of 102.82.

He scored 22,27,25 and 27 in his last four T20I innings but that hardly proved beneficial for the team considering he got out whenever it was expected that he would press the acceleration gear.

 “The issue is not Mahmudullah. What we want to say is that T20 is a different cricket altogether and we are unable to understand it…There is something called mindset because why are we failing with the same players and the same coaching staff and so we want to bring some change.

“Let me tell you clearly that whatever we are doing, it’s not for this World Cup and there is no point thinking about this World Cup and we have to target the next World Cup (2024 T20 World Cup),” he said.

Pacers Mustafizur Rahman (left) and Shoriful Islam leave the field as rain stops the second day’s practice session of their three-day long training camp at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.   

 – BCB PHOTO