The Prime Bank National School Cricket, a major grassroots tournament, got underway on January 10 in Faridpur.
The excitement and enthusiasm which was once present in school level cricket started to slowly return after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) began their journey with Prime Bank as sponsors of the event in 2015.
BCB age-level tournament committee chairman Tanjil Chowdhury expressed his willingness to continuing the good work during a press conference at the BCB media centre in Mirpur yesterday.
“The lost tradition of school level cricket has almost returned in the past three years. The young cricketers emerged from school level cricket and are now doing well for different age-level national sides. We have been able to continue school level cricket [tournaments] with immense success. The cricket board [the BCB] will make long term plans regarding these young cricketers in the future”
The competition will take place across the country and is set to feature a total of 965 ODI matches in three phases -- 901 fixtures at district level, 57 at divisional level and seven in the National Championship -- with 11,120 budding cricketers from 556 different schools taking part.
“It is always special to be a part of Bangladesh cricket's advancement. Not only sponsoring the tournament, we are also trying to have a part in the development of cricket.” said Prime Bank Chief Executive Rahel Ahmed.