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Nannu: BPL crucial ahead of World T20I

  • Published at 07:02 pm December 7th, 2019
Akash DTH was named as the title sponsor of the Bangabandhu BPL in Dhaka Saturday

The BCB is managing the tournament on their own, with the intention of preparing the players for the World T20I, to be held in Australia in 2020

Bangladesh Cricket Board’s national selection panel chief Minhajul Abedin is targeting settling the lackings in the Tigers’ T20I side by finding performers from the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20. 

The special edition of the BPL is set to raise its curtain through a grand opening ceremony Sunday, with the tournament proper scheduled to start from Wednesday.    

The BCB is managing the tournament on their own, with the intention of preparing the players for the World T20I, to be held in Australia in 2020. 

The national team management is looking forward to finding out leg-spinners and fast bowlers from the tournament, and has advised all the participating teams to include such players on a mandatory basis.

“All the players we have are included in the BPL squads as this edition of the tournament is very crucial for us. The World T20I is knocking at the door. Also, we have a lot of T20Is coming. Our performance there will be vital. We are working on the areas in which we have lackings,” said Minhajul to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Saturday.

“Team management and we all want to see good performances from the players in these areas, and we will see that in the BPL. If we get some players from here, then it will be a bonus,” the former Bangladesh captain added.

Minhajul said the young local cricketers should work hard in learning from the senior national and overseas cricketers who are going to share the dressing room during this special edition of the tournament.

“A lot of good overseas players are coming. Our local cricketers will have a great opportunity to gain experience playing with them. In the shorter format, you have to be involved in the game in such a manner that every moment is a challenge for them. This is a huge opportunity for the players who cannot cope up with the T20I format. As the World Cup is coming up, we are working on our squad. This is a big opportunity for the youngsters too. If they play well, it is good for the team,” said Minhajul.

The former right-handed batsman emphasized on having sporting wickets in this year’s BPL. 

The tournament will be played at three venues in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.

“We play a lot of matches in one ground and thus, it is tough to have a home and away format. In that case, we obviously want sporting wickets. Different venues can have different wickets so that players can adapt themselves. The weather will be cold and there will be fog in the night matches. However the wicket is, night games will be a bit different because of dew. Especially, it will be tough for the bowlers. The matches at day and night will be different. It is important for our players to adapt themselves to these different conditions. The best performances will come from here,” said Minhajul.