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Rajasthan Royals plan to open academy in Bangaladesh

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Rajasthan Royals plan to open academy in Bangaladesh
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Rajasthan Royals chairman Ranjit Barthakur said, on Thursday, that the franchise is eyeing an academy in Bangladesh in a bid to broaden their base in the world.

Barthakur, alongwith few other members of the RR franchise, paid a visit to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka to see the infrastructure available. Barthakur later revealed plans to form an agreement with the Bangladesh Cricket Board that will allow them to have their own scouts in different domestic tournaments to get hold of raw talent available in Bangladesh.

"We want to open a [Rajasthan] Royal academy in Bangladesh," Barthakur told reporters on Thursday. "The plan is yet to be finalized but we are thinking about [an academy] which can feed the whole IPL from here. We would like to send our scouts to discover cricketers from the grassroots, to prepare them by honing their skills, so that both of the bodies (RR and BCB) can utilize their talents and skills.

"I am here to see how we can have an exchange program, for cricket, so that we can flourish jointly, as the eastern Himalayan territory, rather than territories of India and Bangladesh.

"Teams like Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai had looked at Bangladeshi players as potential recruitment over the years, and we are definitely looking at them right now. They've got grit; they play under very difficult situations, so I think it's very important."

Barthakur also noted that creating a fan base of the Royals in Bangladesh has also been taken into consideration. "One of the things is [that] our fan base here is quite interesting. After Kolkata and Chennai, our fan base is number three in Bangladesh, so we want to develop the fan base in Bangladesh and also in North-East India. That's why we want to promote that to get grassroots cricketers from the villages, much more than from cities."

Barthakur said that they are not ready to push Mustafizur Rahman to play for them at the expense of skipping national duty. The BCB is willing to give the pacer the required NOC if he wants to play in the league just like how thay have given one to all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was picked to play for KKR this season. However, Mustafizur said that he is not ready to skip national duty and RR chairman insisted he is fine with the decision.

"We have taken 'The Fizz' in our team, we have bid for him. Hopefully, he will play. But his duty towards his country comes first, after that, it comes to the Rajasthan Royals. So, let me see when he comes, I hope he is selected nationally also, but if he doesn't, we are always there for him," he concluded.

 

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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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