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2 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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BPL helps growth of local players: Moody

Sports Reporter, Dhaka
BPL helps growth of local players: Moody
Rangpur Riders head coach Tom Moody

Rangpur Riders coach Tom Moody was not ready to compare Bangladesh Premier League with Indian Premier League in terms of their growth and popularity but he feels it’s not very far away as far as competitiveness is concerned.

Moody believed that the BPL is a good platform for the local players to enhance their skill and competitive nature that eventually helped flourish in international circuit. “Look I am not going to put BPL and the other tournament in order. I think it’s a guessing game,’’ Moody said on Thursday.

“To be honest they are all very unique in their own right. I think we can 100 per cent confirm that is the IPL is the number one tournament in the world, for all the reasons we know,’’ he said.

“But BPL no doubt over the recent past gathering considerable momentum and is toughest tournament outside of the IPL. Its growing with regard to the quality of cricketers coming here, it's growing regards to the improvement of the domestic players and it will continue to grow with regards to the facilities making sure the wickets are all world class,’’ he added.

According to Moody, the head coach of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, the biggest impact of BPL will be the growth of local cricketers as he feels that they are enriched through sharing the dressing room with some world class cricketers.

“I think what we will see increasingly over the coming years, is the improvement of the local players. When they sharing a dressing room, or a practice environment or a game scenario with world class players, you can't help but improve,’’ said Moody.

 “You watch and observe how they play, practice, prepare, you have good conversations around breakfast, dinner tables and everyone's going to benefit. So we will see, not only this year, in the coming years as well, the growth of local players here in Bangladesh,’’ he added.

He however urged his charges to apply according to the condition as he believe the wickets in Dhaka will not be similar like the ones that they received in Chittagong in the ongoing tournament.

Three batsmen from Riders camp plundered century in Chittagong to give a glimpse of their ability and enthrall the crowd of the port city with some high-scale T20 entertainment.

“I think it’s us understanding what brand of cricket we want to play. Making the necessary adjustment and getting used to the conditions. We are playing at three different venues and they are all different. Obviously as a batting unit we have all enjoyed Chittagong, very flat surface, good batting surface,’’ he said.

“It enables few of our world class top order players really flex their muscles and they enjoyed batting there. So again we have to make adjustment here in different surface here in Dhaka,’’ he remarked.

“I hope we got surfaces that are good batting surfaces. Because ultimately T20 cricket is about entertainment and it's about exciting sort of batting and bowlers having to adapt to those kinds of conditions,’’ he said.

Moody believes they have required resources to replace Alex Hales as he is ruled out due to shoulder injury while they need to make further adjustment to fill the gap expected to surface after the departure of AB de Villiers, who is expected to end his BPL campaign with the group phase.

“We have got the resources within our squad to make the necessary adjustment and we are confident as much as we miss Alex Hales, the other overseas player will be able to step up and have an impact,’’ said Moody.

“We knew from the outset that we had him [AB] for a certain number of matches, so we are prepared for that,’’ he said.

“As much as we would as a team, franchise and tournament would love him to play to the end of the final, it's not going to happen,’’ he concluded.

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