Keeping Bangladesh’s upcoming packed international schedule in the Future Tour Program (FTP) in mind, their think-tank is planning to have a few Test specialists to reduce workload on the players. Talking with a small contingent of media on the sidelines of the ongoing India-Bangladesh Test in Hyderabad, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President revealed this plan.
“We are playing in India, straight after the tour of New Zealand. Next we have the tour of Sri Lanka, Ireland and England for Champion’s Trophy. After returning, Pakistan are schedule to play with us in Bangladesh. Cricket Australia has written to us to fix the date for their tour, besides, we have the tour of South Africa”.
“Players need to have proper rest to cope up with such packed schedule as we can’t play a second team at the international level. For this we need at least 4-5 players exclusively reserved for Test cricket. This will keep our team injury free. We just can’t add more matches in our fixture, we have to think about our cricketers as well,” Hassan was saying.
Players like wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das, middle order batter Mominul Haque and pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi can considered as potential member’s of this ‘Test specialists’ club.
Meanwhile, he further revealed that former India and Karnataka cricketer Sunil Joshi is one of the candidates for the post of Bangladesh’s spin bowling coach. Joshi, a left-arm spinner and a handy batsman in his playing days, represented India in 15 Tests and 69 ODIs. At the domestic level, he is regarded as a veteran for having 615 wickets from 160 First-Class games under his belt. Currently Joshi is coaching the Assam domestic team.
Interestingly, Joshi was the ‘Man of Match’ for his all-round efforts in Bangladesh’s first ever Test match in Dhaka in 2000. It is also being learnt, India head-coach Anil Kumble has suggested Joshi’s name to BCB.
“Yes, Sunil was approached by BCB after Anil [Anil Kumble] suggested his name. As things stand, there has been some preliminary discussions. Initially, there were talks that he [Joshi] will be with the team before the start of this Test and stay on since there was a window after Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy’s zonal leg. But now there are talks of a long-term deal. So Sunil is in Hyderabad to look at what kind of contract BCB is offering him,” quoting a source, PTI reported.
According to the BCB president, final call regarding this appointment will be taken once he will return to Dhaka.
He also confirmed that the bilateral tour of Sri Lanka will commence with the Two-Test series starting at Galle on March 7.