Sohag, Al Amin relieved after being called up for ECCC


Jannatul Naym Pieal

Going into the new season, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced an ‘Elite Cricketers Conditioning Camp’ (ECCC) last Wednesday that includes Al-Amin Hossain and Sohag Gazi. And although it’s not more than just a conditioning camp, but being called up to be among them is being considered as a huge relief for the likes of Al Amin Hossain and Sohag Gazi.

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Gazi played in a T20 International against South Africa but was not considered for any other matches because of fitness issues. He did not even have a place in the BCB High Performance team either.

“I was disappointed,” Gazi told . “I played for the senior team recently but from there I was nowhere. It is hard to explain this feeling. It is good to be called up to the camp. I can tell myself now that I am in contention.

“It is hard to assess fitness after just one T20. But I will improve my fitness, which goes down when you are out of the team. This is a chance to make it better. The National Cricket League is coming up so I will use the conditioning camp for my own benefit. Doing well in the domestic circuit will surely bring me more opportunities.”

On the other hand, this is the first call-up for Al-Amin after he was sent home mid-way through the World Cup on disciplinary grounds. Board officials and selectors maintained that he wasn’t considered for matches against Pakistan, India and South Africa due to form.

“I am feeling great, a lot relieved,” Al-Amin said. “I was in the PONI camp but I didn’t feel really sure of my future. But getting called in this camp means at least now I am in the selectors’ plans. I can work on my fitness, and I am getting a chance to prove myself.”

I’ve seen both sides [being in and out of the squad] in a very short span of time. I learned a lot. I also understand the team is not what it was a year ago. There’s a lot of competition. I have to prove my worth,” he said.