Bangladesh Cricket Board is all set to select the next batch of the Under-19 cricket team from a training camp of 45 candidates starting on August 23 at the BKSP.
From youth tournaments and age level competitions, BCB had already short listed 45 cricketers who will attend the four-week long training and selection camp at BKSP under the supervision of former local cricketers like Mehrab Hossain, Talha Jubaer and Mohammad Salim.
The training camp will begin in full swing from August 23, but the selected cricketers will have to report at the BCB Academy earlier for medical purpose.
BCB game development manager AEM Kawsar told New Age that the players will come in three batches of 15 and will be tested for coronavirus before they are taken to the camp.
‘The players will come in three batches; on August 15, 17 and 19 respectively. We will run their COVID-19 test and hopefully within a day or two we will get the results. Those who will come out with COVID-19 negative results will be heading to BKSP,’ Kawser said.
After the initial fitness and skill training, the players will be divided into three teams and take on each other in a total of eight matches from September 8-18 at BKSP.
Two members of the Under-19 World Cup winning squad, Prantik Nowrose Nabil and SM Meherob, were also called up for camp as they were under the age limit, said Kawser.
‘Prantik and Meherob were part of the team but they did not play a single match. So, they are still eligible for the next World Cup.’
But the presence of coach Naved Nawaz and trainer Richard Stonier was doubtful due to the pandemic, though both received contract extension.
BKSP director general Brigadier Generel Rashidul Hasan told New Age that most of the preparations for the camp were already done, only some fine tuning remained.
‘We have discussed all the matters with BCB. The players will come and train here for four weeks and can use all the facilities. They will be staying in the international hostel,’ he said.
Keeping the high number of COVID-19 positive cases in the national football team camp in mind, Brigadier Rashid was extra cautious about following proper protocols while handling the young players.
‘Once they will enter, they cannot go out of the premise. This is applicable for everyone.’
Former Bangladesh opener Mehrab will be the batting coach of the aspiring junior Tigers and he was very excited to be a part of this campaign,
‘I am really excited. I think this is the first time that all support staffs in the U-19 level are former Test players which includes me, Talha and Salim. We will try to inject our experience to the young cricketers,’ said Bangladesh’s first one-day international centurion.
Former pacer Talha will be the bowling coach and former wicketkeeper Salim will be working as fielding coach during the selection camp.
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