After being re-elected as the director of the Bangladesh Cricket Board in November last year Naimur Rahman had entered the media lounge with hundreds of his supporters cheering his victory.
Five months later, Naimur entered the media lounge at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday and said with a smile: “This is the first time I have stepped foot in this room since the election.”
There were high hopes for Naimur as Bangladesh's first Test captain expressed a desire to work for the betterment of cricket in his second term after having a sour relationship with Nazmul Hassan and the board high ups in his first stint. He was eventually axed from the post of chairman of the cricket operations committee in 2016, after which he was not involved with cricket administration for some time.
By the time of the recent elections, relationships improved and Naimur was given charge of the high performance committee. He informed that there will be a pace bowling camp comprising 14 or 15 cricketers starting from next month, which will be followed by the formation of a HP squad.
“Obviously, there are some different plans,” said Naimur. “There are some areas which we are trying to focus on. Nutrition is a factor, fitness is the other and we want to take those up to international standard at this level. I am looking to work on the attitude and mental strength of the cricketers.”
Naimur also informed that there are plans to appoint spin-bowling coaches and to conduct a batting camp along with the pace bowling camp.
When asked about the yearlong training camp of the cricketers, which has been missing for the past few years, Naimur informed that they need more academies to conduct camps all over the country.
“We will also try that as last time there was a three-month camp and this time we are willing to make it longer. But the reality is different as everyone has games all through the year and some are engaged with age-level matches while others have domestic and A team assignments.
“The other thing is the academy we have is totally Dhaka-centred and we have proposed today [Wednesday] to conduct more camps outside Dhaka. I personally feel that the players aren't able to concentrate properly if the camp is in Dhaka. I have seen that in the academies of cricket-playing nations worldwide cricketers are busy training all week and enjoy rest during the weekends,” Naimur added.