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Eyes on Tigers as BCL starts

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Prime Bank South Zone all-rounder Sohag Gazi (R) makes a point to team-mate Anamul Haque (L) during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday. — New Age photoPrime Bank South Zone all-rounder Sohag Gazi (R) makes a point to team-mate Anamul Haque (L) during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday. — New Age photo

The national selectors will keep a close eye on the players ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka as the franchise-based first-class tournament Bangladesh Cricket League begins at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan from today. 
Defending champions Walton Central Zone will face Islami Bank East Zone, while Prime Bank will play BCB against North Zone in the opening round respectively at BKSP 2 and 3.
‘We are focussing on every aspects of the game keeping in mind the forthcoming Test series against Sri Lanka,’ chief selector Faruk Ahmed told New Age on Saturday.
‘This is a very good opportunity for the players to get accustomed to the longer version game as they had very few chances.
‘Similarly, I think it will also provide us a chance to assess their skill and temperament.’ 
The first two rounds of the four-team competition will be held at the BKSP before the tournament gets a break for Sri Lanka’s tour of Bangladesh, the Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.
Faruk said the tournament will give them a chance to particularly emphasise on the opening pair ahead of the Test series as they are in desparate need to find out a suitable partner for Tamim Iqbal.
Anamul Haque’s aggregate of 50 runs from four innings in the New Zealand series has put his place in the team in danger with the selectors unlikely to continue the experiment too long. 
During the last three years, they have tried as many as six openers to partner Tamim that included Anamul, Nizamuddin, Jahirul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Shahriar Nafees and Junaid Siddique. However, none of them could establish themselves in the position.
Anamul showed some sort of consistency in the Amber Victory Day Twenty20 tournament when he became the player of the competition, but despite his return to form his technique in longer-version is not beyond question. 
The two innings in his debut match at Galle indicated he was not yet ready for the Test stage as in the first innings, he batted cautiously for more than 90 minutes and made only 13 from 68 balls before being undone by a conventional off-break from Ajantha Mendis.
He followed that up by trying to chop on a delivery from Shaminda Eranga in a bid to pace up the runs early in his second innings after seeing most of the batsmen making significant contributions.
Anamul, who made a glorious hundred against West Indies, was subsequently exposed by the international bowlers, who cashed in on his poor footwork that at times looked like the one of a schoolboy.
‘I think Anamul is a bright prospect but at the same time you will see that there are some players who are not comfortable with Test match due to their lack of technique,’ said Faruk.
‘In Test match you need to have the patience to leave the ball while also have the skill to dispatch the bad balls to ease off the pressure,’ he said.
‘To be honest this tournament will also be a platform for some of the players who are not in the scene right now,’ said Faruk, indicating that Shamsur Rahman, Jahirul Islam and Imrul Kayes will all be in Test contention provided they can do well in the BCL.




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