Bell happy to be a spectator

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jan 11,2019

 
 
Dhaka Dynamites’ English batsman Ian Bell relaxes during a training session at the National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur on Thursday. — BCB photo

Dhaka Dynamites’ English batsman Ian Bell relaxes during a training session at the National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur on Thursday. — BCB photo

English batsman Ian Bell told reporters on Thursday that he was enjoying the experience of his first Bangladesh Premier League stint despite not getting a chance to take the field yet.
Dhaka Dynamites secured the services of Bell for the sixth BPL but chose to not play him in their first two matches of the tournament, both of which they won.
Dhaka, led by Bangladesh’s Twenty20 skipper Sakib al Hasan, possesses an impressive assembly of foreign recruits like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Hazratullah Zazai, which makes it very difficult for Bell to break into the side.
Bell, who is a top-order batsman, is competing against Afghan hard-hitting opener Zazai for a spot in the Xl and Zazai’s match-winning fifties in both Dhaka matches have made Bell’s inclusion in the side even less likely.
Bell claimed to understand the predicament and said he would be happy even if he has to spend the entire tournament as a spectator from the dugout.
‘It has been great fun,’ Bell told reporters when asked about his first impression of BPL.
‘Obviously we are very lucky as we got world class players. And all of them are playing well. If I get a chance then great if not I am gonna learn and practice as much as I can as I got good facilities here.
‘But it’s really enjoyable to get world class players and the way they played so far it’s tough to get in,’ he added.
Bell, who retired from one-day international cricket after England’s embarrassing first round exit from the 2015 World Cup, chose BPL over the chance of taking part in the Australian Twenty20 domestic tournament, Big Bash League.
The challenge of playing in Bangladeshi condition, which is very different from the English condition and improve as a player is what he claimed, drove him to choose the BPL over BBL.
‘It’s nice to challenge yourself in different conditions and this is another competition to do so. I am little bit older than that but it’s nice to come in my age in here,’ said Bell.
‘But especially for young players from England, it’s a great experience for them to play with world class players people like Sakib and learn how to play in this condition. When they go back home, they will become a better player.’

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