“Whenever teams like the West Indies, Sri Lanka [or others] Bangladesh tour for international series, we have them to play [practice tour matches] against our team “A”. Therefore, if you do the math, you can see that they get a lot of practice matches through this process, “said Akram Khan, chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Committee (BCB), in response to questions about the team’s inaction. of Bangladesh A over the years.
Questions about Bangladesh having a properly active Team A – a feature that every cricket board should have – were raised when BCB President Nazmul Hassan announced the formation of a shadow national cricket team called the Bangladesh Tigers earlier this year. month. It was seen as a platform for players who would be ready to take on national team action at any time.
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However, the shadow national team only caused confusion, as it is very similar to what Group A intends to do. The purpose of the shadow national team even left Akram confused, calling him “vague”.
The confusion was justified. What could a shadowy national team present when the Bangladesh A team, which was created to serve a similar purpose, is largely ignored and does not seem to have proper planning. The scheduled trips for the Bangladesh A team were irregular and, instead of the upcoming prospects, include many of the national team tactics.
“This is a wrong case of yours [media’s] side. You say there were no activities from the Bangladesh A. team During this Covid season, there were not many cricket activities. It is not that only Bangladesh Group A had no activities. We [Bangladesh A] went to Sri Lanka on our last tour in 2019 [in September-October]. After that everything stopped because of the coronavirus and since then we have not been able to make plans for our age or even for HP [High Performance] teams, “Akram insisted.
He also mentioned how many tours Bangladesh A has done in recent years.
“In the last 8-9 years, we have played about 21 series – eight at home and 13 away. We could not arrange two series due to Covid-19. But other than that, we had a Bangladesh A team to play around 120 games – 45 games “and 75 games of limited duration. I think that’s a lot,” Akram added.
While the Bangladeshi A team may have many games under their belt over the years, the question of whether these series really fulfilled the purpose of a typical “A” team remains. Even on their last tour of Sri Lanka for two unofficial tests and three unofficial ODIs in 2019, the test team is led by current national team test captain Mominul Haque, while both test and ODI teams featured a number of regular national teams such as Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Mithun, Ebadot Hossain and Abu Jayed.
However, after recent questions were raised about the inaction of the Bangladesh A team and the rationale behind forming a shadow national team despite having an A team, the BCB today gave details about the next A team mission.
“We are trying to send our team ‘A’ on tour in Sri Lanka for the last 4-5 months. They recently agreed to our proposal and confirmed it. They gave us a date in November. “If everything goes according to plan then we will organize a tour for the ‘A’ team of Bangladesh,” Akram added.