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BCB lends cricketers gym gear

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:39, Jul 06,2020


Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim gives thumbs up during his visit to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at Mirpur on Monday. — Instagram photo

Bangladesh Cricket Board began its new initiative of allowing cricketers to borrow training equipment from its facilities and Mushfiqur Rahim was the first cricketer to avail the opportunity.

Mushfiq paid a visit to the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Monday to borrow some training equipment’s from the BCB gym to train more intensely at home.

The board had recently instructed all of their venue officials to issue gym equipment to national team players as per their requirement.

Senior media manager of BCB Rabeed Imam told New Age that the cricketers can now issue training gears from BCB gymnasiums just like how students borrow books from a library.

‘Mushfiq came to pick up gym equipment. Now we are allowing cricketers to issue gym equipment from his or her nearby BCB facility so that cricketers can stay fit at home,’ Rabeed said.

Players who don’t have proper training equipment would hugely benefit from this initiative, believed Rabeed.

‘Items like weights, dumbbell, and various types of stretching bands are available for the cricketers,’ he said.

Mushfiq, who is known for training harder than any of his peers, was the first cricketer who requested BCB authorities to grant him permission for personal training at Mirpur.

The BCB denied his request due to health risks, but that didn’t stop Mushfiq from going the extra mile to stay fit as he carried on training hard at his residence with the help of a treadmill and a few other exercise tools.

Mushfiq regularly posts his training videos or still pictures in social media where he is sweating it out on the treadmill or doing weight training with a kettlebell.

He recently started outdoors sprinting practice in the inner lane of his locality early in the morning to avoid crowds.

Though chief selector Minhajul Abedin dropped hints of national team’s training resumption by the end of this month, Mushfiq stated his helplessness in this forced sabbatical while posting a picture of his Monday’s visit on instagram.

‘Only Almighty knows when we can restart again,’ the caption of Mushfiq’s instagram upload read.

Venue Manager of Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Joydeep Das told New Age that under the new instructions, pacers Abu Jayed and Khaled Ahmed were also issued some personal training gears.

‘Yes, now the national team cricketers can pick up training gears from our gymnasium. Two cricketers from Sylhet, Rahee [Jayed] and Khaled already picked few items from our inventory.

‘They took few things for weight training; weights, dumbbells those sorts of things.’

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