There seemed to be a major development towards the resumption of cricket in Bangladesh yesterday as the BCB took a first step by allowing interested cricketers across the country to avail the board's training facilities.
Cricket in Bangladesh has been halted since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the BCB even discouraging cricketers from training outside their homes given the environment in the country.
Although the board's stance on that topic remains unchanged, there were a few cricketers practising individually of their own accord. So, the BCB decided to provide individual facilities to interested players.
"There are a few cricketers who have been training individually using other facilities here and there so we decided to provide the BCB's own facilities to the cricketers who are interested in individual training not just in Dhaka, but across the country by taking safety precautions," BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told The Daily Star.
"However, we haven't found a significant number of cricketers who are actually willing to practise at the moment considering their safety. We have spoken to the majority of the prominent cricketers, but the board is still discouraging cricketers [from training outdoors] and following government instructions. The board has urged cricketers to stay at home as we have provided gym equipment to those interested in working on their fitness from home."
The BCB's medical department have asked for a list of players who are interested to practise individually. They will be provided with training protocols from the BCB by Saturday before resuming practice.
nhjmRecently, Mushfiqur Rahim was seen practising individually at a ground near his home while a few others such as Mohammad Saifuddin and Taskin Ahmed were also seen training outdoors.
The BCB are also in talks with Sri Lanka Cricket over a tour of the High Performance squad in September this year. Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said they have finalised the squad, but that everything would depend on the government's green light.
"Our HP team programme takes place every year and this is one of those tours. We are in a very primary and premature discussion with the Sri Lankan board. However, a lot will depend on the situation and whether it is in our favour as we are in a primary stage at the moment."