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28 January, 2020 07:36:27 AM
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Tushar unhappy for not figuring on BCL draft list

SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Tushar unhappy for not figuring on BCL draft list

The highest run scorer in first class domestic cricket in Bangladesh, Sheikh Tushar Imran, has expressed unhappiness for not being included in the 2020 draft list of players for the upcoming Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL), slated to begin on January 31.

The 36-year-old right-handed batsman, who scored 11,704 runs in 177 first class matches, iterated that there should have been a balance in the beep test points, considering the age of the cricketers. The BCB made it mandatory for each player to meet the required points of maximum 11 in the beep test.

“When I heard that only 60–70 players have been enlisted for the beep test, I understood there is something wrong and that I won’t be permitted to attend the test. Although I was given a chance later to prove my fitness level, it’s quite tough to achieve the required point for players like us,” Tushar Imran told reporters at the SBNCS in Mirpur yesterday (Monday).

“I played in the NCL and achieved 10 points in the beep test. But if you ask me to score 10.5 or 11 on a two-day notice, it becomes extremely difficult to pass the test. It would have been manageable had we been given a definite period of time before the test, or if there were separate beep test points for youngsters and aged players,” he further added.

Tushar, who attended the beep test twice, failed to touch 10 points on both occasions.

After the Tigers’ are scheduled to play one Test against Pakistan in February, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) plans to hold the upcoming BCL much earlier than expected.

Tushar said: “It’s the board's decision. But we were preparing ourselves keeping the Premier League cricket in mind because it’s generally being played by this time each year. The board’s abrupt decision to arrange the BCL before the Premier League made things more complicated.”

A number of senior players who were dropped from the BCL's beep test list denounced the decision to drop them. They said players like left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak is quite capable to play in the BCL and it would not be surprising to see him on the list of leading wicket-takers.

 

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