Ten Bangladesh players start individual training
After a four-month gap, ten Bangladesh cricketers began individual training at four different venues in the country on Sunday. There has been no cricketing activity since mid-March in Bangladesh following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some of the other nations have been slowly getting their cricket back on track, Bangladesh haven’t made much progress as the BCB always wanted to take a decision in this regard after watching the resumption plan of other countries.
Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam, Imrul Kayes, Khaled Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Mahadi Hasan, Nurul Hasan, Mehedy Hasan and Nayeem Hasan were among the cricketers who started training and will be continuing their practice till July 26. Mehedy Hasan Miraj, who was among the 35 cricketers to enlist their names for training, joined at the last minute.
Only one player was allowed to do practice at a time. So when Mushfiqur was batting in the nets, Mithun did his running and vice-versa. BCB’s dedicated COVID-19 management team was seen busy keeping track and observing players’ safety issues throughout the session and are expected to do the same for the rest of the week. The individual training period may be extended after Eid if there is no domestic cricket or BCB decide to call a camp for group training.
“We got a chance to practice on the field today after a long four months. So batting, running everything seems a little difficult because so far we have done everything indoors,” said Mohammad Mithun after the session.
In Dhaka, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam trained in the opening day while Khaled Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed had their training in Sylhet. Off-spinner Mehedy Hasan, along with Mahadi Hasan, Nurul Hasan completed their training in Khulna whereas Nayeem Hasan could not complete his training in Chattogram due to heavy rainfall.
BCB strength and conditioning coach Tusar Kanti Howlader, who was in charge of the Dhaka zone practice, told us that though the cricketers did not do badly, it will take time for them to adapt.
“Naturally it was difficult for them to adapt as they are doing outdoor sessions after a long gap. I have never seen Mushfiqur or Mithun getting tired but that was the case today,” said Tusar. “This will take some time but hoping that day by day we will get everything back as before.”
Apart from Dhaka, elsewhere in the country, cricketers could do only running and gymming, while those who trained in the capital had the luxury of some batting practice in the indoor nets. The opportunity was grabbed by both Mushfiqur and Mithun on the opening day.
The four stadiums which will be opened for the players to have training from Sunday are Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka, Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chittagong, Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium (SANS) in Khulna and Sylhet Divisional Stadium (SDS) in Sylhet.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal is unlikely to be available for individual training as he is all set to visit England to seek treatment for intestinal pain. We understands that Tamim has had several pathological tests along with CT scans done but unfortunately the physicians are yet to find out the reason behind the pain.