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Tigers eye NCL for reclaiming confidence

  • Published at 11:11 pm September 25th, 2019
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The first-class competition, involving the divisions, is set to start from October 5 and the national think tank is seeing it as an opportunity for the cricketers to prepare for the two-match Test series against host India in November

Majority of the current national cricketers are set to play the first two rounds of the upcoming National Cricket League. 

The first-class competition, involving the divisions, is set to start from October 5 and the national think tank is seeing it as an opportunity for the cricketers to prepare for the two-match Test series against host India in November.

However, Bangladesh Test captain Shakib al Hasan, batsman Liton Das and seamer-allrounder Saifuddin are set to miss the action in the tournament. 

Shakib has opted, and been allowed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to play in the ongoing season of the Caribbean Premier League T20 for Barbados Tridents. 

Liton is also set to participate in the CPL, for Jamaica Tallawahs, and was given No Objection Certificate by the BCB Wednesday.  

While for Saifuddin, he is barred from playing longer-version cricket due to back injury.

Shakib along with BCB top notches had emphasized on the importance of the cricketers playing first-class cricket in order to improve in the format. 

The statements had come on the back of yet another Test series defeat, against a lower-ranked Afghanistan at home. 

But Shakib is set to miss yet another season of the first-class tournament since his one-match appearance for Khulna in the 2015 season.

The available national cricketers are waiting for the tournament to start. 

The cricketers are now on a short break following the tri-nation T20I series final against Afghanistan Tuesday and will report to their respective divisional teams ahead of the tournament.

Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah following the abandoned tri-series final at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium said playing NCL 2019-20 is now the most discussed topic in the national dressing room.

Though the tournament, NCL, is often criticized for its quality, Mahmudullah brushed off such concerns among the cricketers.

“The game [final between Bangladesh and Afghanistan] was off and while sitting in the dressing room, all we were talking of was NCL. I believe all of us are going to play this season and I believe everyone is waiting to perform to their level best. As cricketers playing cricket is our bread and butter let it be NCL, BCL [Bangladesh Cricket League] or any other tournament,” said Mahmudullah.

Mahmudullah and opening batsman Tamim Iqbal will feature in the tournament having played last in 2015. 

Tamim had played four matches while Mahmudlluah had contested five in that season. 

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim made his last NCL appearance in 2017.  

Bangladesh will tour India in November for two Tests and a three-game T20I series.