A number of national team cricketers have picked up their cricketing gear to begin outdoor skill training despite the Bangladesh Cricket Board hesitating to begin a training camp and the risk of COVID-19 infection still being high in the country.
For almost four months, the coronavirus pandemic has forced all first-class cricketers of Bangladesh into a sabbatical, with the players fighting to maintain their fitness by following BCB’s guidelines while staying at home as per the board and the government’s directives.
The coronavirus situation outside the sub-continent has already begun changing for the better, with international cricket also returning with the ongoing Test series between England and West Indies.
The unexpected break has helped the board to repair the wear and tear of their outdoor facilities across the country and bring them back to their top condition according to BCB and their medical team was also ready with different training modules to carry out the training in the safest way possible.
But the BCB was still in the planning stage of beginning a training camp with a pool of players who are either in or are knocking at the doors of the national team.
Few of the players have now decided to get back to the field by using self-made pitches, empty grounds around their residence and the BCB facilities available near them to begin practice.
Former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who was the first cricketer to borrow training equipment from BCB facility after the opportunity was made available by the board, has begun skill training at the Fortis Group ground in Beraid, Badda.
All-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin, who was regularly running at the Feni Government College ground near his house since Ramadan, completed preparing a wicket at the very ground on July 10 to begin his bowling practice.
Sabbir Rahman, who has been out of the national side for a while, was staying in Rajshahi during the pandemic and was using the facilities around him to maintain fitness and hone his batting skills.
‘Since the virus is still out there, I am running alone in the field of Rajshahi Sericulture. I’m doing gym in Clemon [Academy] and batting in indoors at the Rajshahi Divisional Cricket Stadium,’ Sabbir said.
Pacers Al-Amin Hossain, on July 7, shared a video of him bowling in a make-shift pitch on Facebook from Jheniadah where he has resumed his cricket training.
Pacer Taskin Ahmed, who is regularly seen in the social media carrying out various fitness drills, has also shifted his focus on starting bowling practice.
Bangladesh red-ball pacers, Khaled Ahmed and Ebadot Hossain, both of whom hail from Sylhet, have also begun their bowling practice.
Opener Najmul Hossain was already working on his fitness in Rajshahi and was planning to soon start his batting practice.
Wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan has started practicing on a make-shift pitch at his home in Khulna.
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