BCB reluctant to grant Mushfiqur's plea
|| CF Correspondent ||
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim wanted to start training alone at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur after the corona break.
But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has other thinking as they want everyone to practice only when the situation is favourable for which the BCB is planning to create a safe environment in this regard.
BCB Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told bdnews24.com that Mushfiqur should realize the importance of the situation.
“Allowing someone to practice alone is not the only thing for us. You have to have people to prepare the field and wickets, you need a few people to help, you need a net bowler. There are other contexts to deal with,” Nizamuddin Chowdhury said. “All in all, the matter becomes risky. It’s not really a matter of not allowing. We have highlighted the situation, Mushfiqur is very sensible, he understands well,” Nizamuddin Chowdhury told the news agency.
“When the time comes, we will create a safe environment for everyone to practice,” he added.
Mushfiqur himself said he finally moved away from the idea of starting practice realizing the importance of the situation.
Besides, he also said that the arrangement could be made within two weeks after observing the situation.
“The mind doesn’t understand the matter, so I arranged the practice like myself. But after they said, I also understood. The situation in Mirpur area is not very good. It will be difficult to keep everyone in quarantine, including field workers and those who will be in practice,” he said.
“Besides, I have to come back home after practice. It also becomes a risk for everyone in the family. All in all, I thought it might not be right at the moment. They said that when the situation arises, everything will be disinfected, everyone will be tested and arrangements will be made to start the practice. Let’s wait for now,” he also said.
“One thing is for sure, we’ll need to wait until the corona outbreak is over. No one knows when it will end. It can take a few months or even one or two years. So we have to make an arrangement. However, the situation in our country is still not good so we shouldn’t hurry. After observing the situation for at least another 14-15 days, it can be considered. If the situation improves, the practice can be started by dividing the group into at least 2-3 people. It all depends on the time,” he added.
BCB is also waiting for the right time while England cricketers have started training a few days ago. They will play a Test series against the West Indies next month behind closed doors. The Sri Lankan cricketers also returned to practice two days ago. The boards of South Africa and India are also thinking about it.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said they are also preparing to start the training session to bring players back in the field.
The chief executive, however, said that the time didn’t come right away.
“The situation is new for everyone. How much the method of England or Sri Lanka will work, none of us know. All methods can have good and bad effects. The reality of all countries is not the same. We are thinking about how a safe environment can be created for us. The process has begun. We are doing our job, the board will then decide about practice,” Nizamuddin said.
“The number of victims is still increasing in Bangladesh. It’s just picking up. None of us know what the situation will be like in a month or two weeks. If anything happens to the cricketer or anyone involved after starting practice, we have to be accountable. There is no chance of taking any risk here, nor should there be,” he said.
“When the time comes, we will understand the situation, talk to ourselves, take expert advice, talk to the cricketers and everything will be final. We are in no hurry at the moment,” he concluded.
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