The participating teams in the World Cup are to declare its primary squad by April 23 and have the option to make changes till May 23
National opener Tamim Iqbal returned to the field for the first time since the tour of New Zealand that took place in February-March this year. The southpaw on Monday first batted in the indoor facilities at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium before attending a gym session under the supervision of national team trainer Mario Villavarayan.
Known as a strict believer of process, Tamim’s getting back to business is a part of his preparation for the forthcoming tri-nation ODI series in Ireland in May followed by the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England in May-June. Tamim is one of the few cricketers who decided not to take part in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League but take proper rest ahead of the hectic international schedule.
The BCB national selection panel is set to declare the Bangladesh squad for the series in Ireland and also the squad for the World Cup by end of the week. A national camp starting with fitness followed by skill development will be held before the Tigers travel to Ireland at the end of this month.
The participating teams in the World Cup are to declare its primary squad by April 23 and have the option to make changes till May 23. It is understood that national selection panel is likely to keep note of the performances in the Ireland and then bring changes to Bangladesh squad for the World Cup if required.
“I could have started (practice) earlier if I wanted to. But I thought that might make private sessions a bit lengthy before the start of the camp which is to start in about eight or nine days. But I am happy to be back. It becomes really hard to keep yourself away from the field. I haven’t been in the field since we came back from New Zealand last month,” said Tamim following the gym session on Monday.
The 30-year-old Tamim is looking forward to his fourth 50-over cricket World Cup having played his first in 2007. The left-handed swashbuckler has played 21 ODIs in three World Cups so far.