A total of nine interested players, who submitted their names to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), will be resuming individual training in different BCB-run training facilities across the country from Sunday.
The BCB medical department last week had asked for a list of players who are interested to resume practice after the board had decided to allow interested cricketers to avail BCB's training facilities across the country for individual practice.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Shafiul Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Nayeem Hasan and Mehedi Hasan are the ones who will be resuming individual training. Mushfiqur, Imrul, Mithun and Shafiul will be practicing at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur while Khaled and Nasum will practice in Sylhet. Mehedi and Nurul will avail training facilities in Khulna while Nayeem will be the only one practicing in Chattogram.
These players will be continuing their practice till July 26 with the board's dedicated Covid-19 management team keeping track and observing players' safety issues throughout this period. The training period may be extended after Eid.
The Board is considering this training period as a test case as they plan to resume training on a large scale if these nine cricketers can successfully complete the seven-day programme without any mishaps.
The BCB, who discouraged the return of players to the field despite allowing interested cricketers to resume, has however set some rules for the training. Only players practicing in Mirpur will be allowed to do batting in the nets alongside fitness training while players outside Dhaka will only work on their fitness. None of the aforementioned players will be allowed to practice or avail the training facilities at the same time.
The BCB had informed through a press release earlier this month that all major international and first-class venues along with training facilities -- eight in total -- were being readied for an imminent return of cricket in the country.