POST TIME: 1 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
HP tour in SL cancelled or delayed!
Sports Reporter

HP tour in SL cancelled or delayed!

The BCB High Performance (HP) squad’s ensuing tour in Sri Lanka- the first tour of the specialized unit in this year was cancelled owing to the Lankan team’s domestic cricket league but the board official claimed the tour was delayed.

The HP team was scheduled to fly to Sri Lanka on September 6 for the tour, comprising two four-dayers coupled with three-match one-day series.   

In this regard, AEM Kawser, senior national manager of the BCB Games Development, said that the tour of the HP has not cancelled but was delayed for the request of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLCB) due to their domestic cricket league.

Considered as breeding hub of the national players HP unit’s activities has recently come under scanner because of being far cry from what it was meant to be, despite functioning for four years now. It was due to give the players an exposure and prepare them for the highest level cricket by arranging tours with different teams in different condition but that didn’t materialize properly. The latest tour cancellation was the burning example of the lack of proper management.

“Because of the request of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLCB), the imminent HP tour in Sri Lanka has been delayed. It has not been cancelled,” said AEM Kawser.

“Even though the tour delays, the date of the tour between the two teams has not been renewed. But it will be finalized very soon,” Kawser told The Independent over mobile phone.

After the cancellation of the HP’s first tour, the board has already sketched out a schedule of a fitness camp for the next five days. The senior national manager of the BCB Games Development said that the camp which began yesterday at the BCB-National Cricket Academy (NCA) gymnasium with gym session, conducted by the newly-appointed English trainer Richard Stonier.

Therefore, the exclusive and need-based unit will play a host of games across the formats.

Firstly, they will play two Twenty20 games against a combined team, the games will be held either in Dhaka or Chattogram.

However, the team will then play two one-day matches at Chattogram on September 12 and 14 respectively against Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket Team, who has been preparing themselves for the upcoming ACC U-19 Asia Cup.

The youth Tigers are now at the port city for the three-week training camp under the guidance of the newly -appointed head coach Naveed Nawaz.

Bangladesh will host the eight-team tournament for the youths, starting on September 29.

The HP team will play a one off four-dayer match and then will be released them for the domestic calendar opening tournament of the National Cricket League (NCL).

The country’s first class cricket tournament of the upcoming new season is slated to get underway on October 6.