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More wait for Bangladesh A team

  • Published at 07:15 pm August 11th, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:16 pm August 11th, 2017
More wait for Bangladesh A team
Ireland A team are likely to visit Bangladesh later this year to play a series against Bangladesh A side, informed Akram Khan, cricket operations committee chairman of the BCB on Friday. Last month, it was learnt that the BCB was in advanced talks with Zimbabwe Cricket for the A team series. Talks between the ZC and the BCB were ongoing when Zimbabwe proposed different time-table for the tour due to their international fixture. Hence, the discussions between the ZC and the BCB fell apart. Earlier, New Zealand were also ruled out from their A team tour of Bangladesh.
“We were in advanced talks with Zimbabwe, but they have a commitment with South Africa. That’s why they proposed a delayed date for the tour. But our team also have other commitments in Zimbabwe’s proposed time-table. That’s why we had to cancel talks with Zimbabwe. But now we are negotiating with Ireland A team for a tour. The time has not been confirmed yet but it is likely to happen later this year,” Akram Khan told Dhaka Tribune.
Bangladesh High Performance unit are currently practising in Mirpur’s academy ground under the guidance of Australian coach Simon Helmot. They have been practising since June this year and recently completed a three-week tour of Australia where they played five one-dayers and a three-day game against Northern Territory Invitational XI. The HP team won all their matches in their Australia tour. Liton Kumar Das and Nazmul Hossain Shanto recently participated in the three-day practice match, contested between the national cricketers, ahead of the Australia series. The rest of the players are practising in Mirpur, along with the U-19 team.

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The HP team and the U-19 side will play three matches on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday respectively at BKSP. The U-19 team are preparing themselves ahead of the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand, scheduled to be held next year. Akram informed that the gap between the A team tours will be filled through joint activities with the HP side. “Actually the players playing in HP teams are the A team players mostly. We are jointly running this. HP team toured Australia last month and will go to England next month to play against county second Xis,” said Akram.

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Bangladesh last toured Zimbabwe and South Africa in October, 2015. Ten uncapped players were selected in the A team tour two years ago. Among them, five have made their international debuts, including the likes of Mosaddek Hossain, Nurul Hasan and Kamrul Islam Rabbi. But the recent inactivity of the A team is posing uncertainty for some of the players who are not in the national side or the HP team but played well in domestic circuit. Performing for A team is one of the main selection criteria for players. The A team is a good platform for players who have been discarded from the national team recently or a few years ago but still have good chance of representing the country. As the A team activities have been limited due to various reasons in the last couple of years, the HP side are supposed to fill the void of the national team players if necessary.

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But there are quite a few ex-national players who have been performing well in domestic circuit but could not find a place in the HP team. In the recently concluded Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, players like Shahriar Nafees (600 runs in 15 innings), Marshal Ayub (661 runs in 15 innings), Raqibul Hasan (480 runs in 14 innings), Abdur Razzak (21 wickets in seven innings), Shamsur Rahman (580 runs in 16 wickets), Naeem Islam (527 runs in 10 innings and five wickets in five innings), Junaid Siddique (490 runs in 11 innings), Farhad Reza (178 runs in 12 innings and 24 wickets in 16 innings) and Shuvagata Hom (239 runs in 11 innings and 19 wickets in 14 innings), among others, have performed well but are not in the HP team or the national team camp. Getting chance in the A team after strong domestic performance and performing upon national team return has been the general process over the years. But since there has been no A team series in almost two years, returning to the national team fold is proving to be increasingly difficult for these kind of players.