According to BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan, it is only the seniors who are the automatic choices in the Bangladesh squad for the World Cup 2019
Below-par performance of Bangladesh cricketers in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League has caused a headache for the national selection panel.
According to BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan, it is only the seniors who are the automatic choices in the Bangladesh squad for the World Cup 2019.
By seniors, the former Bangladesh skipper hinted of ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah.
The other options were to be selected considering the cricketers’ performance in the DPL, and also, based on their latest national team performance.
With the cut-off time of April 23 to declare the squad, Akram informed that they want to wait till the very last minute.
“The automatic choices are only for our key performers, especially our senior-most players. There's no doubt the under-performers will not come in as automatic choice. It’s a great opportunity for all the players, I believe,” said Akram to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
“The current national team cricketers have come back from playing in New Zealand. So, for obvious reasons, the national team’s players should be more comfortable playing at home. They should have performed well, but they did not as per our expectation. It has become a big problem for the team if you do not score runs or take wickets in ODIs, regardless if you are playing in Ireland or in the World Cup. We are hopeful that if they perform well in the remaining matches of the league, it’ll be good for the Bangladesh team,” the BCB director added.
Among the strong contenders who are competing to make the squad for the world competition, the names of Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz along with a few others, are being mentioned.
National chief selector Minhajul Abedin said they would observe at least three rounds of matches of the Super League in the Dhaka League, and then confirm the team.
The national selection panel is mulling announcing the team Friday.
“Given the situation, it is a tough task to form the squad. It is tricky to predict how a player is going to contribute in such a big tournament. But we are still looking into as many options as possible. The form of many of the players is a concern at the moment but I strongly believe they will come back strongly. There are enough games in the Super League, followed by the tri-series in Ireland for them to prove their worth. I hope those in our radar will make a comeback,” said Minhajul.