The platform will also serve the cricketers who have potential to feature for the national team, and have graduated from the BCB High Performance or other age-level teams
Bangladesh Tigers, the recently approved scheme by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, will primarily focus on nurturing the players discarded from the national team for below-par form or injury.
The platform will also serve the cricketers who have potential to feature for the national team, and have graduated from the BCB High Performance or other age-level teams.
Often the cricketers who are out-of-favor from the national fold complain of not having enough facilities to work on their skills and get ready for a call back.
There are also occasions when the national selection panel struggles to find ready players as back-up of national team, but now, the year-out Bangladesh Tigers program will meet exactly those demands, informed BCB director Kazi Inam Ahmed, who is heading the program along with another BCB director Khaled Mahmud.
“We have a national team which is under the cricket operations. We also have a HP team which has an age ceiling of 23. We also have U-19 team and other teams. So, like these teams have their own programs, Bangladesh Tigers will have its own set of programs to continuously nurture the cricketers who get dropped from the national team. The program will also engage local coaching staff and management,” said Inam to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Wednesday.
“Our real expectation in this is to also involve the three national team captains who we have for the three formats – Mominul Haque, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah. We already spoke to them, they are fully aware of this program, and are happy, and putting in suggestions and also informed us of the backup the national team need,” he added.
Inam emphasized that the program will also create opportunities for the upcoming local coaching staff and support team.
“We want to employ our local coaching staff like retired national players who are currently working at different national teams. This platform will encourage them to grow. For the players who get injured in the national team, it is very important to look after them and have a very strong medical team. This program will ensure that too,” said Inam.
Since BCB’s declaration of Bangladesh Tigers, questions have been raised if it is similar to that of the national A team.
Inam explaining on the matter, said, “The main thing is our A team are operated on tour basis, and it is not always easy to get tours let it be at home or away. It is a real challenge especially under the current scenario due to Covid-19 pandemic. Bangladesh A team also have players coming from U-19 and even from HP, which is same for this Bangladesh Tigers program, but this is a comprehensive program for players like I already said, Imrul (Kayes), Sabbir (Rahman), Nasir (Hossain), (Anamul Haque) Bijoy. These are players who played for the national team and may play again. But sometimes these players are not part of any other teams; they cannot play for U-19 or HP.
“We are all aware of the facilities constraint for players who get off from the national team. A player like Imrul, he has served the national team but once he is out he doesn’t get the best of facilities. This program will ensure players like him get the facilities similar to that of the national team. We have facilities in Cox’s Bazar and in Sylhet, so even if the facilities in Dhaka are busy, the Bangladesh Tigers players may get their desired needs in the other available facilities."