BCB High Performance Unit players and selected members of the 2020 U-19 World Cup winning squad are featuring in the tournament alongside the core Bangladesh national team players
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief of the national selection panel Minhajul Abedin emphasized on the importance of performance of the cricketers in the President’s Cup.
Former national captain Minhajul informed that the selection panel has their eyes on for young players capable of taking the challenge of different roles, which would come in handy for the national team.
A total of 48 players divided into three teams are part of the ongoing tournament being played in a double-league system at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
Cricketers from BCB High Performance Unit and selected members of the 2020 U-19 World Cup champion squad are featuring in the tournament alongside the core Bangladesh national team players.
The matches do not have List A status but the best performers are being handsomely awarded.
A sum of Tk37 lakhs has been declared as prize money for the tournament.
The national selection panel has prepared the squads ensuring balance and Minhajul is happy with the performances showcased in the competition so far.
“This tournament is a stage for us to see everyone perform [having come from a long break due to the Covid-19 pandemic] and play in their preferred positions. The team management will sit down to judge and decide where these players can be used according to requirement," Minhajul explained to the media at Mirpur Saturday.
The tournament is an experiment by BCB to understand the setup that will be required to bring cricket back in full flow, meaning the return of international cricket in the country.
The 13-day-long tournament is a pilot project to run cricket despite Covid-19 still being at large in the country.
The national cricketers have been part of residential camp since September 20, while other cricketers joined ahead of the President’s Cup earlier this month.
There has been no reports of positive Covid-19 cases inside the bio-secure bubble that has been created by the board for the players and the team management.
BCB will take a bigger leap in organizing cricket amid the pandemic with a five-team corporate Twenty20 tournament next month.
A successful end to the events will mean BCB will be boosted with confidence to meet its intention of getting international cricket back in the country by hosting the West Indies in January, 2021.
“In this tournament we are prioritizing the players who are among our pool of international cricketers. The rest of the players will come in step by step and in the future tournament the number of players will increase. The next tournament will have five teams and player number will increase. The players are partaking in individual practice so we can bring in anyone as per requirement," said Minhajul.