Jurgensen backs young guns for Test call-upStaff Correspondent
Bangladesh national cricket team’s interim coach Shane Jurgensen backed the young players to seize opportunities in the National Cricket League to impress the selectors before the home series against West Indies.
Jurgensen, who was appointed as interim coach after Richard Pybus fell out with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and quit the job, cut short his holidays and returned to Dhaka on Tuesday to take over the charge.
He is, however, unlikely to begin his camp before November 8 as most of the national team players will be busy in the NCL, their last opportunity for practice in match-condition before the series.
This gives the selectors also another chance to see some of the players, who have already impressed in the opening round.
Lef-handed batsman Mominul Haque along with Tasammul Haque and Marshal Ayub scored centuries for their respective divisions in their opening games, while Sohag Gazi, a rare off-spinning prospect, sparkled with both bat and ball by scoring a century and picking up nine wickets.
‘Some young guys played very well recently and their names might be up for selection as well,’ Jurgensen told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
‘I think there is a possibility for a number of players to make their way into the team,’ said Jurgensen.
‘We haven’t played Test cricket for a long time. So there will be some players who will be performing well and it might be a tough call for the selectors,’ said Jurgensen.
Jurgensen believes that the four-day game of the NCL and the three-day match against West Indies team would give his charges an ideal preparation ahead of the series against the visitors.
‘We are doing the best preparation we can. We are playing four-day cricket. We played a game in the league and we have seen some very good performances in the first game,’ said Jurgense.
‘There are more four-day games coming up. They will play two four-day games and then they’ll play another game against the West Indies. So they’ll basically be playing three games in the longer version. That’s good enough preparation for me,’ he added.
Jurgensen, who joined the national team as a bowling coach in 2011, was, however, concerned about the pace bowling department as he will not be able to avail the services of Mashrafee bin Murtaza. The return of Rubel Hossain is also uncertain.
Mashrafee has not played any longer version matches since his ill-fated West Indies tour in 2009 when he made his debut as Test captain but could survive only two-and-a-half days before collapsing on the pitch.
Rubel injured his shoulder against the same opposition in October 2011 and had a surgery in South Africa in May.
‘There is a long-term plan for Mashrafee. He is following a process for his return to international cricket. He plays the one-day internationals and has performed quite well. Unfortunately the longer version of the game is still a bit of a stumbling block. It’ll take some time for him,’ said Jurgensen.
‘I think Rubel is one of the bowlers who performed well before his injury. He had improved a lot. At that point in time, he could bowl well no matter what kind of a wicket it was. And personally as the bowling coach of the team, it was a very sad day for me to see him getting injured.
‘He is fit now and is bowling in the nets. Now we have to wait and see if he can make it to the squad,’ Jurgensen added.
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