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BCB-HP returns with big promise

Update : 25 May 2015, 06:33 PM

Former English cricketer Mal Loye was named head coach of the BCB High-Performance unit as Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday announced the 22-member squad for a four-month BCB-HP program. Stuart Karpinen, general manager of the program, informed that the camp, costing USD100,000, will help prepare cricketers to meet future national interest.

Chairman of the BCB HP program committee Mahbub Anam said, “If you notice you will see we have kept an age barrier in the HP squad. We believe the selected young cricketers are good potential to fill the national interest in the future. But there are also these five dedicated skill developments programs where you will find we have included the seniors. These cricketers might have lost their places in the national squad but we believe they still have the potential to come back, they are also important to us.”

The program will run five dedicated ‘Elite Program’ for fast bowling, batting, spin bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping.

The elite pace bowling squad includes 18 cricketers with likes of veteran pacer Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Al Amin Hossain and Taskin Ahmed. The batting elite program will feature 19 cricketers and include veteran opener Shahriar Nafees, Shamsur Rahman, Marshal Ayub and Mehrab Hossain jr. The spin bowling and wicket-keeping department include 10 and seven cricketers respectively.

Mahbub thinks nurturing the wicket-keepers will be most vital. “You will see a wicket-keeper holds onto his position in the national side for a long time. So we should be prepared to fill in the gap for say when Mushfiq (Mushfiqur Rahim) retires,” said Mahbub who is also the BCB vice-president.

Besides, the current national cricketers or those under central contract with the BCB will get to enjoy the facility of the HP program for 12 months. The aid includes pre-tour preparation of the cricketers and injury management.

Meanwhile, the exclusion of veteran spinner Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Ziaur Rahman and few other prominent names remains a mystery as to why they were ignored from this elaborate plan. Even Mahbub rested the case on the shoulders of the selectors when quarried for the reason.

H10, the latest technology, will also be used to store data on the players. The system is told to show the development of a cricketer from time of input and will also suggest the players the areas they need to work on. Mahbub said, “I think it will be of great help to the coaches. For example, when a U-17 cricketer will get to the national team after 10 years, the coach will be able to view all the information on him from the past.”

The BCB director believes this program, which will continue for the next two years, is more organised compared to the previous arrangement made by the board in 2004-07.

BCB HP Program squad:

Rony Talukdar, Liton Kumar, Shadman Islam, Tasamul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Musaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Taibur Rahman, Jubair Hossain, Saqlain Sajib, Nihad Uz Zaman, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shubhashish Roy, Mehede Hasan, Kamrul Isalm, Dewan Shabbir, Quazi Nurul Hasan, Jabid Hossain, Irfan Shukkur. 

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