The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have plans to schedule a training camp for 37 cricketers, with emphasis on fitness before moving on to skill-based training, provided the Asia Cup does not take place. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) are scheduled to meet on the 9th of July to discuss the possibility of whether the tournament can be played or not. Bangladesh Cricket Board have an alternative plan in case the green light is given for the tournament to take place, which is to select a 24-member squad for a camp between July to August to train specifically for white-ball Cricket.
In a conversation with Cricbuzz yesterday, BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin said, “There is a meeting on July 9 and we are expecting to have a clear picture about the tournament after that meeting. If the Asia Cup is played, we will select a 24-member squad for the training camp scheduled in July-August that will be filled with white ball cricketers. If the Asia Cup is not on the cards, we will form the camp with 37 cricketers emphasizing majorly on fitness in the initial stage before moving towards skill training.”
He added, “All the cricketers are out of the field for about four months and so we are initially planning to focus on fitness more than anything else. That is expected to be for three weeks and later we will shift to skill training. We will take the advice of the medical board as they will be involved with the camp. It is possible that we’ll hold the training (sessions) in three parts by splitting the cricketers included for the camp.”
Earlier in June, the BCB had turned down a request from leading cricketers in the country to resume personal training at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. However, earlier this month a press release from the BCB stated that all their grounds are being prepared for the resumption of cricket. The venues are following hygiene and safety standards as per BCB guidelines, with workers having been instructed to maintain the sanitisation protocol. Despite the challenges of ensuring an adequate workforce during this period, a sufficient number of cleaners has been made available at the BCB facilities.
Nizamuddin Chowdhury, Chief Executive of the BCB, stated in the press release, “We are very mindful of the fact that we have to get our cricketers back on the field sooner rather than later. The process of resumption should start with training and for that we have kept our grounds and practice facilities fully prepared and functional.”
Going back to the subject of the Asia Cup, during the previous meeting of the ACC on June 8, there were talks about Sri Lanka hosting the tournament given that the country has handled the pandemic of COVID-19 quite well. A couple of weeks ago, Ehsan Mani, the PCB chief told the TOI, “We will just have to wait and see what happens in the next two-three weeks. Swapping with Sri Lanka made sense as the Covid-19 situation is better there than in the rest of the sub-continent.”