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17 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM

Tigers target top four

Tigers target top four
BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu (L-2nd) speaks at a press conference yesterday to announce the Bangladesh ICC World Cup squad at media block of Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital. BCB photo

Ending all the speculations and anticipations, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu announced Tigers’ squad for the ensuing ICC Cricket World Cup with an expected surprise.

It’s expected because speedster Taskin Ahmed was supposed to name in the 15-member final squad but he is yet to fit completely from his ankle injury what he sustained on the stroke of the last Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

And so, the selection panel picked Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi for the final squad in place of Taskin. Despite being named for the New Zealand tour, the speedster was ruled out of the tour for his recurred injury. This time he faced another setback for his injury.

“Taskin played his last international match in October 22, 2017 for Bangladesh. After that, a long gap has been made. Then when we were thinking about him for the New Zealand series, he once again fell in injury. He is yet to fit completely as per the report of trainer and physio we have. We’re seeking his skill fitness. As a part of it, he represents a domestic match here, where we saw his fitness is not up to the mark,” said Minhajul Abedin Nannu.

“We, the selection panel, have kept Shafiul Islam ahead as an experienced pacer. Therefore, when we were talking with our team management, we find out that we needed a pacer who can swing that will be effective on England condition. Then Rahi came in our mind. And from that thinking, we chose Rahi,” Nannu told at the media- packed conference room of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Nannu was accompanied by BCB director and its cricket operation committee chairman Akram Khan, BCB director and its media committee chairman Jalal Younus, selector Habibul Bashar Sumon and BCB media manager Rabeed Imam.  

Keeping England condition in mind, the chief selector said that they furnished their squad for the showpiece event. But he also said that they have chance to bring change if needed they will be ready to do it by May 23.

When asked about expectation in World Cup, Nannu said that their expectation will remain to step into top four.

“Our expectation in World Cup will have remained to go into the top four. And I think, we’ve enough experienced to do so,” he said.

“We’ve won 51 percent of our matches after the 2015 World Cup. It’s a plus point for us. For this experience, our expectation is bigger. I think that the team we announced has ability to be stayed between one to four,” he added.

“As World Cup is being held in England, so we’ve evaluated a bit more experience of the players. It’s different condition than our sub-continent. As we played ICC Champions Trophy last one year ago, considering that experience in mind, the experience team has been furnished,” he viewed.

“The performance in Ireland series will, of course, be countable. We’ve chance to think as we’ve an opportunity to change players till May 23. In that sense, it’s not ensured because we’ve to analyze the performance before that cut-out time,” he continued.

“And, we’ve injury concern of some of our players. As we’re going for a long tour, if any player is injured, in that case, we’ve to make ready our back-up player. Those who are out of our 17 players will keep them under preparation. We don’t know when they are required for the team. So, we have to make them ready as an immediate replacement,” he added.

Nannu brushed aside any major injury in the team they announced and said that they formed the team to see the report of the physio and trainer. But if any player plays World Cup hiding his injury, the physio will be responsible for it as they deal with the matter.

“Physio’s report is important here. Trainer and physio give us report. We’ve no major injury issue so far. We don’t know who hides injury. Physio deals the matter. We take update to see their papers and report. So, I don’t think that there is no major injury issue here,” he responded to a query.

When asked about players’ off-form Soumya and Liton, he said that he could be managed them in the time they have before the extravaganza.

“We’re worried about player’s off-form but we’ve an advantage that one and half-a-months remained for the World Cup. We’ve tri-nation series before World Cup. We discussed with the team management and coach regarding the matter,” he said.

“It’s not that any of them did not perform. In that sense, we think also that it’s a matter of time. Prior to the triangular series, we’ve preparation camp. Hopefully we could be backed them all in form,” he added.

The chief selector also announced the 17-member Bangladesh squad for the forthcoming triangular series, where BPL find Yasir Ali Rabbi and Naeem Hasan were named. Of them, Yasir was in discussion from the beginning.  

“We’ve some players whom we saw in domestic cricket, A team and HP team who have talent and ability for the international cricket. We’ve brought them in mind to see their knack,” he said.

“In last BPL he played well. He played well in longer version cricket. As we have needed a back-up batsman at No 3 position, keeping that thing in mind, we have kept him in the 17-man squad. We think that if he can stay under the team management, he will improve further. It’ll be an asset for us,” he said of Yasir.

 “We’ve Shakib Al Hasan, who plays at No 3 position. After discussing with the coach and captain, the position has been set up.”

“It’s difficult to set playing XI in this combination. Our preparation camp will start on April 22. And then, talking with coach and captain, we’ll set how we will fix at top-order and middle-order. The same thing will be applied in the case of bowling. Which bowler will bowl at death over and who will bowl with new ball and old ball.”

 “Anyone could be physically unfit, even might be depressed mentally as we are going for a long tour. We’re yet to tour for over two months. We’ve to keep it in mind.   

“We had made a pool of 32 players, who will be remained under our surveillance. Then we whittled down it to 20. We’re not giving you the full squad as we’ve given you the final squad. We’ll keep them under preparation. When we need any player we’ll pick him from there.”

When asked about the absence of the coaching staffs, Akram Khan, “The teams we have in Premier League practice in their ways. It’s very difficult to take players from the teams this time around. So, there is no benefit of their coming in this moment because they’ll not get any play to hold any discrete practice session.”

“And, those who have injuries contact with local physio via BCB physio to manage or to be fit for the games,” he said, signing off.


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