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Cricketers hit running track at Bangabandhu stadium

The fitness drill included a 1,600m sprint as fast bowlers Nahid Rana and Tanzim Hasan Sakib finished 1st in their groups respectively

Update : 20 Apr 2024, 08:13 PM

Bangladesh national cricketers made the headlines Saturday after they set foot on the running track at the historic Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka for “Physical Performance Assessment” in the build-up to the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe.

The Bangabandhu Stadium was used for cricket in the early 2000s and last hosted international cricket in January 2005.

The much-celebrated opening ceremony of the 2011 Cricket World Cup was also held at this venue located in the Motijheel area of the capital.

Under the supervision of the newly appointed national cricket team’s strength and conditioning coach Nathan Kiely, the 90-minute session involving some 35 cricketers started at 6am. 

The fitness drill included a 1,600m sprint as fast bowlers Nahid Rana and Tanzim Hasan Sakib finished first in their groups respectively. 

“There has been a matter of recording time for which we decided to choose the athletics track. There are a number of methods that are followed internationally, but what we did was follow the 1,600m time trial method. It is a different experience for the players, it is something new to them,” said Bangladesh Cricket Board trainer Iftikharul Islam to the media Saturday.

Bangladesh will host Zimbabwe for a five-match Twenty20 International series starting on May 3.

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