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BCB selectors to meet on Dec 24 to finalise team for WI series

MD ABU TALHA SARKER, Dhaka
BCB selectors to meet on Dec 24 to finalise team for WI series

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selectors are planning a meeting on December 24 for finalising the Tigers’ team to play series against West Indies scheduled to be held in the first week of February.

The upcoming home series against the West Indies is very important for the home side in many aspects.

Firstly, Tigers will play a couple of Test matches against the tourists. The matches will be part of the World Test Championship (WTC), introduced by International Cricket Council (ICC) in order to revive its golden past and popularity besides other formats of game.

Bangladesh are yet to open its account in the WTC even if they played three Tests so far.

Two of which were against India and one against Pakistan. For this, the Tigers will be looking to chalk up points to break their points barren from the home series.

Secondly, Bangladesh will play a three-match One Day International (ODI) series which will also be the qualifying matches for the 2023 ICC World Cup. So gaining points from the Test series and winning ODI matches are equally important for the home side from both the aspects.

Therefore, the BCB is putting all of their efforts on the upcoming series which will also be a comeback series for Bangladesh to the International cricket because they didn’t get any chance of playing any series after the second-leg tour to Pakistan owing to the deadly worldwide COVID-19 pandemic originated in December 2019 in some parts of the world.

Gradually, the spread of coronavirus across Bangladesh as well as the whole world prompted the government to slap an indefinite clampdown since March 26 and extended it on several occasions, seeing any improvement of the pandemic situation.

BCB followed the footsteps of its other counterparts across the globe and arranged a brace of domestic tournaments-BCB President’s Cup and Bangabandhu T20 Cup to bring its players back to the field after the rescheduled tour of Sri Lanka was abandoned following a multi-phased individual and small group training sessions.

England was the first country to start competitive cricket in the period of the COVID-19 under a heavy bio-secured bubble plan after a four-month corona-enforced break. Gradually, the other cricketing nations across the world followed England’s model and successfully brought their cricket back to the field though they didn’t allow spectators initially.

It’s learnt from the close sources of the BCB that the national selectors will sit with the BCB Selection Panel on December 24 to discuss the matter of the players’ selection for the forthcoming series.

The selectors are very much cautious about the selection of players and the formation of Tigers’ squad as well. There was a concern around the Test captain Mominul Haque, who has been struggling to be fit after undergoing an operation for his right thumb injury.

It will take one and half-a-month for Mominul to be fully fit as the team management hopes to get him back before the outset of the Test series which will kick off on February 3 after the ODI series.

Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu meanwhile hinted at not looking into the performance of the players in the just concluded Bangabandhu T20 Cup to form a Test squad.

But he said they will give emphasis on experienced and tested players to form their Test squad but young players might be given chances only in ODI series.

But he was reluctant to talk about Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s inclusion in the ODI series before sitting for discussion with the team management. BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon pushed the ball in the court of the selectors to select Mashrafe for the ODI series.

HM

 

 

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