Fringe players get chance to show their mettle

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jun 19,2017 | Updated: 00:17, Jun 19,2017

 
 

Cricketers waiting in the wings of Bangladesh national cricket team will get a great opportunity to strengthen their claim when a 16-member squad of High Performance unit will visit Australia next month.
The team will play a three-day match and five one-day matches in Darwin and chief selector Minhajul Abedin said they already submitted the names to Bangladesh Cricket Board.
Though the BCB was yet to announce the names, Minhajul said the fringe players like Liton Das, Anamul Haque and Abul Hasan, who have been out of the national side, would feature in the team along with some budding talents.
Australia are scheduled to visit here for playing two Test matches in August and the chief selector said those, who will do well in Darwin, might be included in the 29-men primary squad that will start their camp on July 10.
‘We will get chance to see the performance of some of our backup players before a busy international season,’ Minhajul said to reporters on Sunday.
‘We have been working on two things, one is developing a squad and the other is immediate replacement, so we’ve picked players accordingly.
‘We picked experience players like Anamul Haque, Liton Das and Abul Hassan and we also have some developing players. We have made a good combination. Hopefully we will get a good feedback for our national team and ‘A’ team.
Minhajul also said that these players are expected to get stiff competition as the Australians are expected to field a tough squad against them at the end of their domestic season.
The squad is also expected to tour to England in September, which Minhajul said would help them further to evaluate their performances.
He hoped that these players will utilise these opportunities and make themselves eligible for the national team in the coming years.
But at the same time he also said that the selectors are not thinking much about the chopping and changing of the current national side.
Bangladesh continued to keep on their performance graph upward as they reached in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy in UK but the performance of some of their young talents like Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman was disappointing.
‘Our greatest achievement of the Champions Trophy was to reach the semi-final,’ said Minhajul. ‘It is huge achievement for our cricket. This will encourage us for further achievements in future. I think the most important thing is to keep this achievement.
‘We have enough confidence in our players as the whole team is playing consistently well. You cannot say Soumya is not playing good at all. He did well in Ireland. He might not do well in Champions Trophy but one cannot be evaluated with the performance of a single tournament. We must evaluate him with his performance of the whole year. I hope he will return to form soon.’
Minahjul said ahead of the busy season and especially many games away from home, they are working on certain issues like finding the ideal batsman for number three and improve the sharpness of the bowling abroad that lacked during the Champions Trophy.
The selector referred to the fact that in many other countries players with tons of runs and bulk of wickets in domestic circuit need to wait for the national team as it is hard to replace the established players.
He said that is also true for Bangladesh as men like Sakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah have proved themselves as champions over the years but the selectors have kept each and every player in the circuit under their rudder.
Minhajul said they would pick players – experienced or young – according to the need of the team.
‘No one is beyond our surveillance. We will call upon anybody whenever we need. We will call them for the sake of the country,’ said the former national player. 

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