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Pitch the issue again

Pitch the issue again

Sports Reporter

In a similar aftermath of the National Cricket League, the kind of wickets that the country's other first-class competition -- the Bangladesh Cricket League -- was played on, were criticised by both players and officials after the end of the final at Mirpur yesterday.
South Zone captain Abdur Razzak and BCB director Khaled Mahmud have asked for better wickets in the upcoming seasons of the competition.
Razzak, after the end of the game, stated that the wicket at Mirpur -- like the rest of the tournament -- was extremely good for batting.
"When I first saw the wicket, there was grass on it and I thought that the pacers would get at least six to seven wickets here. But I did not expect it to be so hard under the grass. Hopefully we will get more sporting wickets in the next season," said Razzak.
Mahmud was of the opinion that a major change was required in this aspect.
"We need to focus more on quality first-class matches rather than quantity. The BCL is a good set up and so is the NCL. But in order to help the players develop their skills we need to create a proper environment for them.
"No disrespect to any of the players but they may be scoring a number of runs in these competitions. But if they can't play on international wickets then what's the point of creating such players?" said Mahmud.
"In domestic cricket here, only 10 per cent of the overs bowled are by pacers, the rest are done by spinners. In international cricket it's going to be the opposite and we need to be ready for that.
"We have been talking about these things in the board. But it can't be changed at one go. It will change over time. Hopefully the next two years will see development in this area," added Mahmud.
Earlier, following the end of the NCL last month, captain of the winning team, Mohammad Sharif criticised the board for the kind of wickets that were provided for the competition. He also said that Bangladesh would never be able to create a good fast bowler if the current trend continued.


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