County doors to open for Tigers?
Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu has stated that Bangladeshi players could be sent to England to play county cricket with the help of head coach Steve Rhodes.
Rhodes is a prominent name in English cricket. He was previously a coach of Worcestershire CCC, where Shakib Al Hasan also played in 2010 and 2011. Shakib is the only Bangladeshi to play domestic first-class cricket in England while Tamim Iqbal and Mustafizur Rahman featured in T20s.
“I have requested him [Rhodes] to lay the groundwork for this, when we had a meeting. He said that he will try. We will discuss again once the [training] camp starts on 27th,” Minhajul told Cricbuzz.
“The players have nothing to do in the off-season. They could go and play there [in England] during that time. There is club cricket and many leagues in England.”
“He [Rhodes] will have to consult with the agents, then they can arrange something. There are many agents who can make some arrangements once you provide them the bio data and then they can fix the clubs,” Minhajul added.
“The players have to be interested. The likes of Sri Lanka are doing well because their players, or even the Indian players play there [in county circuit]. It is not likely to happen this year but definitely we will have to target the next season.”
English county season starts in April of each year. The last phrase of first-class season this year will start from September. Bangladesh will have the Asia Cup begun in mid-September this year. However, April 2019 is empty for Bangladeshi players.