On Saturday (18th July), the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced to start the individual practice session for the men’s cricketers from this Sunday (19th July). The board has named the nine-member Bangladesh cricketers who will participate in this first phase of the training session, which are going to be organised in four venues.
The first phase of the practice session is going to be the first activities for the Bangladesh cricketers after the BCB cancelled all the events and activities since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The BCB has set up four venues to run the first phase of the practice session, and they have prepared these venues by following all the necessary safety protocols.
These venues are Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka, Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram, Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet and Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium (SANS) in Khulna.
Talking about the venues, the BCB stated in their press release, “Players will take part in running and gym at the academy, batting at the indoor centre. The other three venues will be available for running and gym only.”
Bangladesh cricketers for the first phase of the individual practice session
Out of the selected nine cricketers for the first phase of the practice session, four are from Dhaka while two players are from Sylhet and Khulna each and the other one from Chattogram.
The names of these nine players are Mushfiqur Rahim (Dhaka), Imrul Kayes (Dhaka), Mohammad Mithun (Dhaka), Shafiul Islam (Dhaka), Syed Khaled Ahmed (Sylhet), Nasum Ahmed (Sylhet), Nurul Hasan (Khulna), Mahadi Hasan (Khulna) and Nayeem Hasan (Chattogram).
Bangladesh played their last international match on 11th March 2020 against Zimbabwe during the Dhaka T20I where they won by nine wickets.
Since then, some of their international schedules have already been postponed, and those were only ODI and second Test against the hosts Pakistan, entire Ireland tour for limited-overs series and two-match home Test series against Australia.
Recently, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka and New Zealand tour of Bangladesh have also been postponed.