New hope for cricket resumption

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:58, Jul 04,2020

 
 

A file photo shows Bangladesh cricket team players stretching during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. — BCB photo

The country’s cricketing shutdown might finally end in a few weeks as chief selector Minhajul Abedin dropped hints about possible resumption of training of the national team cricketers from late July or early August.

‘Hopefully, we can begin training in later part of this month [July] or early August,’ Minhajul told reporters on Saturday.

‘The practice will be done in groups that will be determined by the medical team. There could be three groups; one will train in the morning, one in the midday and one in the noon,’ he added.

After the government imposed general holiday got lifted, embargoes on day to day activities were gradually getting relaxed and different sectors of the country resumed their function by implementing some precautions for COVID-19, but cricketing activities remained on hold. 

Multiple international series have already been deterred and domestic cricket was also postponed, causing financial distress for many cricketers.

A good number of cricketers wanted the game to resume with proper health protocols as it’s their primary source of income but the Bangladesh Cricket Board remained patient regarding the issue as the pandemic scenario in the country remained unchanged.

But a few recent developments from the country’s cricket’s governing body indicated that slowly the wheels were turning towards resumption.

Initially, BCB medical team affirmed that they were capable enough to follow the guidelines prescribed by International Cricket Council and the government and can ensure a ‘bio-safety bubble’ if necessary.

Later on, BCB also informed through a media release that most of the venues were ready and prepared for training while following standard health protocols.

Now, the chief selector sounded optimistic that the cricketers will get to flex their muscles outside very soon, with the national team players getting the first go at training at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

‘National team is our first priority. We will begin with the fitness camp, Initial three weeks for fitness camp, later we will begin skill training.’

Minhajul also said that the number of players for training will depend on the outcome of the upcoming Asian Cricket Council meeting on July 9.

‘We have a plan to call up 38 cricketers for the camp. But the number might vary as there is an ACC meeting coming up. In that meeting, if any decision comes up regarding Asia Cup, we will call upon 24 cricketers. Otherwise, for domestic cricket, we will begin with 38 cricketers.’

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