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24 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Players have to pass fitness test to play in NCL from this season

MD ABU TALHA SARKER

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) emphasized on the fitness of the players, setting some perquisite in a bid to take part in the season-opening domestic cricket tournament of the --National Cricket League (NCL).

This is the second time that the cricket apex board set some conditions to prove the fitness after 2013 but with adding a new clause that the players have to attend three tests in a year to prove their fitness.

In NCL-2013 the mandatory test was just for once in a year. However with fitness issues often coming to the fore, the BCB all set to set standard and punishments in their bid to keep players fit all the year round.

They set an average of nine points to pass in the fitness test, meaning if any player scored below nine, he will not be eligible for playing in the NCL. Those who will fail to pass all the three tests will be dropped from the BCB’s salary contract. Even the fitness test-failed player or players will not be eligible to play in the next season.

In this regard, an official of the BCB Tournament Committee said that in a bid to create awareness towards the fitness among players, the BCB imposed strictness over the players’ fitness for the second time after 2013 to play in the season-opening tournament, National Cricket League (NCL).

“Each division formed a 30-member preliminary squad and then submitted it to the board. They then started a week-long fitness camp with the participation of these players at their respective division, after which The BCB arranged the first fitness test for the 30-member preliminary squad of the participating eight teams, which was conducted by BCB-appointed trainers. The fitness tests were held at eight different divisions from September 8-16. Then the team is formed by the better fitness’ players. The chief selector will give the team approval within one or two days after scrutinizing all the things,” the official said, seeking anonymity.

This time the board also appointed head coach and assistant coach for the NCL playing teams so that the tournament could come out from its picnic like mode, for which it was often blamed.

However one month before the outset of the NCL, the participating teams-seven divisional teams of Dhaka, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet, Khulna, Chattogram, Barisal along with Dhaka Metro- were asked to hold a month-long fitness camp.

Along with that, the board conducted a fitness test at eight different divisions with the help of its appointed trainers- Tushar Kanti Roy, Iftekharul Islam Ifti and Morshed Hasan Ceaser.

After the test, it is seen that a good number of domestic campaigners failed to cross the hurdle of the fitness test. Some of them are national discarded players including Shohag Gazi (8.5), Ziaur Rahman (8.8), Dhiman Ghosh (7.7), Mohammad Shohid (7.8), and Robiul Islam Shiblu (6.2).

Some are domestic players Forhad Hossain (7.2), Hamidul Islam Himel (8.1), Russell Hawlader (6.0) and Gias Uddin Tutul (7). Sadman Islam Anik and Nihaduzzaman cut a good figure in the fitness test, the duo chalked up the highest points of 13.3.

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammd Ashraful, who recently acquitted from the international suspension for his match and spot-fixing scam in the BPL-2, stunned all scoring 11.4 points in fitness test.

Pacer Shahadat Hossain Rajib, who is raring to back in Test, put up 10.4 points, while domestic campaigner Tushar Imran scored 10.2 points and Al Amin Hossain struck 12.7 points.  

As a result, the teams have to form their respective squad without the fitness test-failed players. BCB selection panel led by Minhajul Abedin Nannu will approve the final 20-member squad within one or two days.

But the board gave a date of September 27-28 as a last chance for the fitness test-failed players if any could pass the test scoring nine or above nine he will be eligible for the NCL.  

The country’s first class cricket competition is scheduled to get underway at four different venues across the country on October 1.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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