They are scheduled to leave Dhaka for Dubai on September 9
The Bangladesh national cricketers will get back to business on Monday to prepare for the ACC Asia Cup 2018 to be held in UAE from September 15. They are scheduled to leave Dhaka for Dubai on September 9.
The Tigers had gone for Eid-Ul-Adha holidays following their return from the tour of West Indies. The BCB, prior to going on the Eid holidays, had declared a 31-member preliminary squad for the Asia Cup which will feature six nations.
The silence due to the holidays at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium was broken by Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal on Saturday. While the majority of the cricketers along with most of the BCB officials were enjoying the post Eid holidays, the left-handed batsman was seen training at the BCB Academy nets under the guidance of coach Mohammad Salauddin.
Tamim in the recent times has been seen putting extra effort in the nets and skipping rest or off-days. He was found doing the same ahead of the West Indies tour. The southpaw was in sizzling form in the tour of the Caribbean scoring two centuries in the three-match ODI series which Bangladesh won 2-1 and he later struck a half-century in the T20I series which the Tigers won by the same 2-1 margin.
“I believe one needs to work hard during the good times because then your mind remains happy and fresh and you are able to concentrate on your training properly. While during bad times or when you’re off-form the mind remains distracted and it becomes hard for you to concentrate,” Tamim explained the reason behind his extra workout in the nets.
Meanwhile, all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah will not be available from day one of the camp. Shakib is in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj and is expected to return in a day or two. However upon his return, Shakib is first expected to meet the BCB medical team to determine the status of his injured little-finger on his left-hand and then decide whether to join the camp or go for surgery. As per reports, the BCB had wished Shakib to be part of the team for the Asia Cup while Shakib had urged the necessity of an immediate surgery on his injured finger. A surgery will see Shakib rested for at least two months.
Mahmuddulah is in West Indies participating in the Caribbean Premier League 2018 for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. According to BCB sources the right-arm all-rounder has been given NOC from the camp as he is a regular playing member for the Patriots in CPL and is expected to join the team in Dubai.
The Bangladesh preliminary squad will work on strength, conditioning and fielding till Thursday. Following a two-day break, the cricketers will return on September 2 for skill and gym sessions in two groups and work till September 6. Following this, the BCB is expected to name a 15-member squad for the tournament.
Bangladesh will be without its spin bowling consultant Sunil Joshi in the Asia Cup. According to reports the former India left-arm spinner has been roped by the Indian National Cricket Academy and will thus be unavailable for Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.