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Cricket news - Bangladesh await Asia Cup fate to decide on training camp

If the ACC decides that it is not possible to hold the Asia Cup, Bangladesh will hold a camp for 37 cricketers.

If the ACC decides that it is not possible to hold the Asia Cup, Bangladesh will hold a camp for 37 cricketers.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is awaiting the fate of the Asia Cup to decide on a training camp for the national cricketers. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will meet on July 9 to determine if the tournament can be played. Should there be a green signal in this regard, Bangladesh will select a 24-member squad for a camp in July-August for training specifically for white-ball cricket.

During the last ACC meeting on June 8, the possibility of holding the tournament in Sri Lanka emerged, considering the COVID-19 situation in the country. "We will just have to wait and see what happens in the next two-three weeks. Swapping with Sri Lanka made sense as the Covid-19 situation is better there than in the rest of the sub-continent," Ehsan Mani, the PCB chief, had told TOI a couple of weeks back.

However, if the ACC decides that it is not possible to hold the Asia Cup, Bangladesh will hold a camp for 37 cricketers, with emphasis on fitness before moving on to skill-based training, BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz on Saturday (July 4).

"There is a meeting on July 9 and we are expecting to have a clear picture about the tournament after that meeting. If the Asia Cup is played, we will select a 24-member squad for the training camp scheduled in July-August that will be filled with white ball cricketers," said Minhajul. "If the Asia Cup is not on the cards, we will form the camp with 37 cricketers emphasizing majorly on fitness in the initial stage before moving towards skill training."

There has been no cricketing activity since mid-March in Bangladesh following the outbreak of the virus. While some of the other nations have been slowing getting their cricket back on track, Bangladesh haven't made much progress and the BCB headquarters, which falls under the red zone in one of the worst-hit areas in Dhaka, has remained shut.

"All the cricketers are out of the field for about four months and so we are initially planning to focus on fitness more than anything else. That is expected to be for three weeks and later we will shift to skill training," said Minhjaul. "We will take the advice of the medical board as they will be involved with the camp. It is possible that we'll hold the training (sessions) in three parts by splitting the cricketers included for the camp,'' he said.

At the start of June, the BCB had turned down a request from leading cricketers in the country to resume personal training at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. However, earlier this month a press release from the BCB stated that all their grounds are being prepared for the resumption of cricket.

The venues are following hygiene and safety standards as per BCB guidelines, with workers having been instructed to maintain the sanitisation protocol. Despite the challenges of ensuring an adequate workforce during this period, a sufficient number of cleaners has been made available at the BCB facilities.

"We are very mindful of the fact that we have to get our cricketers back on the field sooner rather than later. The process of resumption should start with training and for that we have kept our grounds and practice facilities fully prepared and functional," BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury stated in the press release.

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