Published: April 29, 2009
Bangladesh national team all set to get back to their business today as they would start their formal practice session for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 Cricket Cup to be held in England in next June.The selectors however announced a 21-player name shorting it from the preliminary 30-member squad on Monday.
The cricketers with the exception of Mohammad Ashraful and Masrafe Bin Mortaza, had been asked to report to Bangladesh team head coach Jamie Siddons at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium for training by 8:30 am today. Ashraful and Mashrafe currently are in South Africa to play the glamorous Indian Premier League for their respective franchise. The duo will join the squad directly in England.
Chief selector Rafiqul Alam informed the players from the original list of 30 who had not been picked in the shortened squad will be on stand-by. These cricketers will be available for selection in the Bangladesh A Team, Under 19 Team and GP-BCB National Cricket Academy Team.
Team Management of Bangladesh A, Under 19 and GP-BCB Academy have been instructed to give special attention to fitness and performance of these players so that they are mentally and physically prepared to play if they are called up in the National T20 Squad.
The final squad of 15 for the ICC World T20 will be officially announced in the first week of May, informed the chief selector. The players, who will play in the Chittagong Twenty20 Premier Cricket League will be allowed to be absence in practice session.
“We want to give them a chance to cope with the shorter format of the game. As we don’t have any chance to play any Twenty20 match, the tournament organised by the Chittagong authority is great really which would help the players,” said Rafiqul.
The team management informed Shakib Al Hasan is yet to recover from his injury fully and he would not take part in the formal practice session as per cautionary measurement for some days but he will be with the squad and will do some light practice. The team management doesn’t want to take any risk with the most valuable player. After recovering fully, he will take part in the practice session.
“We want Shakib as a full fit player. He is our main weapon and we don’t want to take any risk with his,” added Rafiqul. Before the mega event, Bangladesh will play six shorter version warm-up matches, all at the SBNS.
Bangladesh national squad will play the first three warm-up matches against second string Bangladesh A team — two matches on May 13 and the other on May 15. The Tigers will play the remaining three matches against India’s Maharashtra Cricket Association team on May 17, 18 and 19 respectively.
Squad: Mohammad Ashraful, Masrafe Bin Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Zunaed Siddique, Roqibul Hassan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain Rajib, Syed Rasel, Mehrab Hossain Junior, Imrul Kayes, Mahmud Ullah Ryad, Nazmul Hossain, Mahbubul Alam Robin, Rubel Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Shamsur Rahman Shuvo, Suhrawardi Shuvo and Mohammad Mithun.