Jr Tigers camp likely to be cut short

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:43, Oct 17,2020


Bangladesh Cricket Board is likely to suspend the skill training camp of Under-19 cricketers at BKSP as few of the young cricketers are showing COVID-19 symptoms, said BCB officials.

The camp was supposed to restart today after a three-day break for the COVID-19 scare but BCB’s game development manager AEM Kawsar said the camp was unlikely to resume.

‘At present the risk is high as some of the team members have developed COVID-like symptoms. In present scenario, it is quite normal for people to contract the virus. We are trying to keep the players as much isolated as possible, but the number is getting bigger,’ Kawsar told New Age.

BCB was planning to cut short the camp after November’s Under-19 Asia Cup got called off due to the pandemic and in the present scenario the board could very well decide to call off the camp entirely, said BCB’s game development committee chairman Khaled Mahmud.

‘We were taking preparations for the Under-19 Asia cup which is not going to happen. So, we cut short the camp. As the players are showing COVID-19 symptoms, we might be wrapping up the camp earlier. We have to take decisions according to the test results,’ Mahmud said.

BCB medical team has already taken the samples of all players, coaching staff and service providers in the camp for COVID-19 tests, said Kawsar.

‘All the players, coaching staff, operational staff, service providers and even the dining hall servers have given their samples and they will go through corona test. We will assess the situation after the results. Eventually we are going to cut short the duration of the camp as the U-19 Asia cup is postponed,’ he added.

The skill training camp of the next batch of junior Tigers had begun on October 1 after a long selection camp at the same premises in August.

Aiming to defend the world title at youth level, the Under-19 team was training under head coach Naveed Nawaz and strength and conditioning coach Richard Stonier, who will return home if the camp eventually gets called off, said Mahmud.

‘Stonier was supposed to return early as he is going to be a father. For Naveed, we haven’t thought that far. If there is no activity, he might go home as well.’

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