Not possible to host NCL-BCL, says Akram
With Australia coming to Bangladesh for two Tests in August-September this year, the Tigers will not have any games to play before the all important series.
Starting from September 2016, Bangladesh had a busy season. Apart from international cricket, there were National Cricket League, Bangladesh Premier League, Bangladesh Cricket League and Dhaka Premier League being played in September 2016-June 2017 period.
Bangladesh hosted Afghanistan and England last year and toured New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Ireland (tri-series) and England (Champions Trophy). Overall, the red and green representatives played seven Tests, 20 ODIs and five T20Is.
The players are now having rest after passing a busy season. There is no international cricket to play before the Australia series. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan has informed that it is not possible to host first-class tournaments; BCL and NCL because the current season in Bangladesh is monsoon. But he hopes to take every possible preparations before facing mighty Aussies.
“There is no chance of hosting NCL-BCL. It is tough to organise first-class cricket in rainy seasons,” he said. “But we will take all the possible preparations.”
A 29-member preliminary squad will start their camp on July 10. Akram has said that it is important for the players to stay fit.
“At the moment, players’ fitness are important to us. They have to remain fit. As well as they need to prepare themselves mentally,” he explained.
Bangladesh are scheduled to tour South Africa in September after the Australia series. Then the BPL 2017 will start in November.
Australia are also enjoying their leisure after the Champions Trophy. Australia ‘A’ will tour South Africa before coming to Bangladesh. Then their busy home season will kick off with the Ashes series 2017-18 and Sheffield Shield.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com