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Bell delighted to be playing with world-class Shakib

  • Published at 08:32 pm January 10th, 2019
Ian Bell
Dhaka Dynamites' Ian Bell plays a shot during practice at the Academy ground in Mirpur Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

He had the option of playing in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) or the BPL and he chose the latter as it would give him a different experience in conditions that are different from England and he could play alongside players like Shakib al Hasan

Dhaka Dynamites’ experienced English batsman has been delighted with the experience he has had at the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) so far. He had the option of playing in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) or the BPL and he chose the latter as it would give him a different experience in conditions that are different from England and he could play alongside players like Shakib al Hasan. 

“I think from an English Cricket point of view it’s great that the guys came to play in these conditions. At home we give a lot of emphasis on white ball cricket. But the more you learn to come out from your comfort zone and play on different surfaces the better you will become. Especially for young players from England this is a great experience to play with world-class players like Shakib (al Hasan) and learn how to play in this condition. When they go back home, they will become better,” Bell explained to the media after the Dhaka practice session at the academy ground in Mirpur.

The 36-year old Bell has mostly played Test cricket (118 Tests) and ODI cricket (161 ODIs). But the BPL has given him a new experience and a lot of new things to learn, as he reaches the twilight of his career and sees coaching on the horizon.

“I have played a lot of Test matches and I didn’t get chance to play a lot of franchise tournaments. I think it’s a nice experience especially if I go to coaching later on. It’s nice to play with people like Shakib, who I have played against not played with. It’s nice to see him play and how he prepares. It’s also great to speak to (Kieron) Pollard, (Andre) Russell and (Sunil) Narine as well. So for me, it’s about learning and it’s different from what I have been used to throughout my international career,” the technically astute right-handed batsman said.