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Domestic cricket all set to resume

  • Published at 05:48 pm September 28th, 2020
Bangladesh cricketers during their residential camp in Mirpur last week Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

BCB president Nazmul explained the importance of ensuring health safety of the cricketers before they are put into the field to play

Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided not to send the national team on their Sri Lanka tour for the time being, and the decision has given the BCB an opportunity to bring domestic cricket back to the field. 

BCB Monday informed Sri Lanka Cricket to postpone the tour for indefinite time after the host nation denied to make change to the term of mandatory 14-day isolation for the touring team.

Bangladesh national team were scheduled to travel to Colombo last Sunday for a three-match Test series, part of the World Test Championship. 

With the series now shelved, BCB is strongly considering to get competitive action back to the field, informed its president Nazmul Hasan.

Cricket has been put on hold in the country since mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and this suspended many major cricket leagues, including the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. 

Nazmul however, emphasized on trial runs of cricket played on the field before starting the proper leagues.

This will be done with practice matches being played among the national team cricketers. 

The Bangladesh preliminary squad has been in a residential camp since September 21, and despite the tour getting postponed, the cricketers will be involved in three practice games with the red-ball – a couple of two-day matches and one three-day game.

Bangladesh cricketers during running session Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

“We are looking to start [domestic] cricket soon but we should understand the fact that the coronavirus situation is yet to improve in our country. We are thinking of starting matches. We have the national camp ongoing and they will play three practice games,” said Nazmul to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Monday.

“Following to this, we are planning to start domestic cricket. Now domestic cricket can be seen in two parts. Initially we are thinking of holding a six-team tournament involving around 90 cricketers. This can be a corporate league or something else. We also discussed that we can have a competition between the national team, BCB High-Performance Unit and Bangladesh A side. We are looking to have one of these two tournaments first.”

Regarding proper domestic leagues, the BCB supremo explained the importance of ensuring health safety of the cricketers before they are put into the field to play.

“Regarding the leagues I have asked them [BCB office] to give us a proposal. We can always start the league but we need to ensure the health safety when involving a big number of cricketers. So the office will work on the proposal and let the board know in a couple of days,” said Nazmul.

“The pending leagues such as DPL, first division and second division shall be arranged after two tournaments [mentioned earlier] are played. We have asked the BCB office to sit with the players and the clubs if needed and work on a plan. If we think that we can rely on the plan, then we will start the leagues. It can be single league format for those that are pending and then we can think of arranging the leagues under the new calendar if possible,” the BCB chief explained.

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