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22 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Aftab bats for reshuffle in BCB selection process for cricketers

MD. ABU TALHA SARKER, Ctg
Aftab bats for reshuffle in BCB selection process for cricketers

Irregularities and nepotism at the district and divisional levels are playing havoc with Bangladesh cricket, with talented cricketers being lost or dropped in the process.

Concerned over the state of affairs, former Bangladesh batsman Aftab Ahmed has urged the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to reshuffle the selection process of cricketers along with forming age-group teams at the grassroots.

Aftab said the board should give the responsibility for selecting players from the grassroots and the formation of age-group teams to those who have no involvement with any cricket academy.

He alleged that those entrusted with the selection process and formation of age-group teams at different districts and divisions were biased. As a result, talented players could not come to mainstream cricket from the grassroots and the country thereby missed their services, he added.

“The lacunae is widening due to the faulty process. If the selection process and formation of age-group teams continue this way, Bangladesh will become talentless,” the 33-year-old former cricketer said, urging BCB to take a quick, effective and time-bound measures against these issues.

“It’s sad that the way we started and what we saw happening in the last few series is really disconcerting for the future of cricket in our country. The biggest thing is we all had said three years ago that we should make our back-up players ready. We have got to know how important back-up players are,” Aftab said.

“We’ve suffered for not having Shakib in a series. Even when Tamim Iqbal was not in a series, we suffered. We are so much dependable on them. That is why we had suggested that we should produce back-up players because we will not get their replacements so easily. The junior level like Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 are very important for us. The coaches who are at the district level are promoting those players who are now representing Bangladesh. So, the cricket board should need to focus more on this level of cricket,” Ahmed told The Independent at his Kazir Dewree residence in Chattogram.

“We have to nurse the players from the childhood. The basic you told is coming from grassroots level. But the international level coaches are getting them at the senior level and could not do much for them. May be a bit of change is being done, but they could not make the necessary big changes in them. It’s not possible at this level,” he added.

The BCB starts its activities from Under-12 by hosting a sports carnival across the country. They formally form the U-14, U-16 and U-18 teams through national competitions.

If the process is followed strictly, Aftab felt, talented players will emerge in the pipeline and back-up will also be stronger. “Without any delay, the board should start appointing the right people and follow the right process for the real development of Bangladesh Cricket,” he said.

He suggested that the board should formulate a 3-year-long strategic plan under which new and fresh players can get the opportunity to play more games.

“I’ve not seen a string of players like Sunzamul, Sohan and Rabbi in recent games. When we bring them into play, we will be able to devise a three-year-long plan,” he said

“No doubt, Liton Kumar is a talented batsman. So is Somuya. The basic is needed for a player who has everything. But I don’t know why they can’t perform. When Soumya came in, he didn’t feel for the national team. When he was picked, he didn’t perform at domestic cricket,” the former batsman said.

“As we have less number of players, we have to work with them. So, I think, we should put the talented players in the ‘A team’ and HP team when they are not performing well. We should not drop them for their poor performance and pick another lot in their place,” he added.

Expressing his regret for not doing enough to produce good cricketers from the port city, the Chattogram-born batsman suggested that former cricketers must play an active role in this regard.

Aftab also called on former cricketers to play an effective role in bringing forth talented players from Chattogram.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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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