BCB increases ‘Beep Test requirement levels’ in domestic cricket
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has increased the beep test requirements level in domestic cricket with an aim to enhance the level of overall fitness among cricketers.
ANI reported that according to recent instructions from the national selectors, teams can only pick cricketers who scored 11 in the beep test. The level, is two step upward from last season.
BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon said, “We have noticed that the fitness of the national players are very poor.
“The coach [Russell Domingo] asked, ‘What sort of fitness is this? I have never seen such fitness of players in South Africa’. We cannot suddenly increase the fitness-level requirements. We cannot reach the mark of 13 points [in the beep test] or even go above that,”
“So, there has been a decision regarding this, that if we keep the fitness acceptance levels so low in the domestic or lower-tier competitions from where the players get into the national side, then naturally the players in the national side will only score nine or ten in the beep test,” BCB President said.
Meanwhile some of the cricketers contradicted with the theory saying there is hardly any relation between scoring high in beep test and the actual level of fitness.
One of whom is Arafat Sunny who is out of the national team for last four years, told reporters at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, ““Match fitness and beep test are two different things altogether.”
“I still do not know. If anybody gets 11 he is good and if he does not 11 he is bad I cannot say that,” he added.
A prominent domestic performer Tushar Imran said as quoted by one of the leading dailies in the country, “I am always prepared to take up a challenge.”
“But it is not fair to say that we can’t play if we can’t reach 11. Cricket is our bread and butter. It is going to be difficult for a lot of cricketers.
“A lot of ‘super-fit’ players from the senior side are not scoring a lot of runs or taking wickets. What will the selectors do with them? [But] we are prepared to take the challenge, because it is our livelihood,” he said.