NCL to come early

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Jannatul Naym Pieal

Following a request of the national coach Chandika Hathurusingha, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to bring the schedule of National Cricket League (NCL) forward.

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According to the reports, such move was made so that national players can be provided with some match practice ahead of their two-match Test series against Australia, which is scheduled to take place in October.

NCL was scheduled to start from the first week of October but now it will be started from mid-September.

“We want to start the NCL tentatively on September 15 or 17,” BCB’s tournament committee chairman Akram Khan told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

“During the last series our coach [Hathurusinghe] asked me to see whether one or two longer version matches can be arranged before the Test series,” said Akram.

Akram also revealed that the BCB is emphasising on sporting wickets for NCL so that both bowlers and batsmen are thoroughly tested before the home series against Australia.

“We are trying for sporting wickets because along with the NCL we also need to prepare our national cricketers for the home series.”