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10 December, 2019 08:24:09 AM
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Foreign players start to arrive in Dhaka for BPL

Rangpur Rangers coach Mark O'Donnell supervises his firsts training session with the team on Nationa
Foreign players start to arrive in Dhaka for BPL
Rangpur Rangers coach Mark O'Donnell supervises his firsts training session with the team on National Cricket Academy ground yesterday in the capital. BCB Photo

Overseas players and coaches of the different BPL teams have started to arrive here to play the looming Akash-DTB Bangabandhu-Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 2019.


Some of them have turned up to the stadium to hold their maiden training session with the team.  Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, Afghan stroke-maker Hazratullah Zazai and Andre Russell of Rajshahi Royals, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, South Africa batsman Rilee Rossouw and his compatriot Robie Frylinck of Khulna Tigers, Laurie Evans of Dhaka, Ryan Burl of Chattogram, Sri Lanka’s Jeevan Mendis of Sylhet Thunder arrived in Dhaka. Of them, Irfan and Zazai did practice with the team led by head coach Owais Shah.

Amir, Rossouw and his compatriot Frylinck came to the stadium with head coach James Foster to take part in their first training session with Khulna Tigers. Jeevan Mendis did practice with the team led by Paul Nixon.

Andre Fletcher and Charles Johnson along with Shafiqullah Shafaq, Naveen Ul Haque are expected to land in Dhaka today (Monday) night.

Rajshahi Royals head coach Owais Shah said they want to initially get through the round-robin games of the Bangabandhu-Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and then the semi-final, playoff and final of the Twenty20 League.

“(I am) very satisfied. We’ve got good batters of all-rounders which is, I think, key in T20 cricket,” said Owais Shah, who led Royals to finally turn up to the stadium to hold their maiden practice session ahead of the special edition of the T20 cricket tournament, kicking off December 11.

“We’ve got some exclusive batsmen in the top, Hazratullah Zazai, Liton Das and we also got a very good all-rounder in the team, Ravi Bopara, Andre Russell. So I feel like we’ve got a good balance of the squad but we’ve not played any games yet,” Shah told media during the gap of their maiden practice session at the National Cricket Academy of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

“We’re going to see how the games come together. And hopefully the plan is to get them together in the next two or three days, and pick at the right time of the tournament also,” he added.

The former English cricketer also said they have a good balance and enough fire power in their repertoire (both local and overseas together) what is the key to success in the shorter version of cricket.

“Picking, I think, at the right time is gonna be the key. We’ve got 12 games each,” he said.

“After that, obviously into the semi finals, playoffs, finals- so I think as long as we can get through the round-robin games and try and finish towards the top and then hopefully really turn the game on and try and pick into that semifinals stages and obviously into the final,” he said further.

“I hope we can have exciting cricket. I hope T20 cricket in view, should all be about, generally it’s dominated by the batsmen, but it’s good to see something in it for the fast bowlers and little bit for the spinners. All-round good cricket will be good, but the aim of the game is obviously entertain the crowd, make sure it’s good product which BPL is to make sure the product keeps continue to attract the crowd and kids into cricket,” he signed off.

However, Rangpur Rangers head coach Mark O’Donnell supervised the team’s practice for the first time after his arrival in Bangladesh. New Zealand born coach said that he is yet to get the full team for the practice as the foreign players didn’t come right now.

“We have not got everybody yet, the overseas are still coming. But it’s just very marvelous time in Bangladesh. We had a good training session. It’s pretty tight schedule.”

But he doesn’t think of any lacking of enough practice that would make any bad impact on the players for their little scope of time for practicing ahead of the domestic blockbuster T20 cricket competition.

“The players are backing themselves and ready to take every opportunity. In every practice session, they make sure that they’re ready to towards the game situation. In coaching staffs, we’re having a chat tonight. It would be clear what we’re trying to do with our balance and set up of the team,” he said  

“I’ve done the same thing in CPL. It’s about assisting the others. As a coaching staff, we’ve got to have some chat tonight. We’re going to be very clear of what we try to do with our balance. Every one is in the same boat two or three days to prepare,” he added.

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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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