BCB unlikely to prefer players on the basis of domestic performance


The national selectors are unlikely to count the domestic performance of the likes of Tushar Imran, Naeem Islam, Shahrirar Nafees when they announce the preliminary squad for the series against Afghanistan and West Indies.

Basically the selectors were in doubt over the fitness as they have been out of the national team set-up for a long time. They instead want to test their sustainability in the top format of the cricket by including them into the Bangladesh A team or High Performance (HP) team which will play a number of matches in different countries in the coming days.

The likes of Tushar Imran, Naeem Islam, Shahriar Nafees and some other players who played national team in the past have been consistent in domestic level over the years but yet failed to make it to the national team, something which brought a question to the fore as to what is the qualification to get into the national team unless the performance in the domestic level is counted.

While the senior players kept ignored, the selectors at the same time showed their interest in favour of young players.

If the current selection trend is taken into consideration, one will see a young player makes cut into the national team by showing good performance in just one season.

Even there is record that some players were called up straight from the Under-19 level and left-arm spinner Nayeem Islam Junior is the burning example of it.

When Shakib Al Hasan was dropped from the Test series against Sri Lanka at home due to his finger injury, Nayeem Islam was called up directly from New Zealand where he was playing Under-19 World Cup. When there was Abdur Razzak who has been the best performer in domestic circuit over the years and huge experience under his belt Nayeem’s call instead of Razzak gave a birth of huge criticism. In the wake of criticism, the selectors then called up experienced Razzak and the decision paid off.

Sources said the standard of domestic cricket and their age is not in their side as the selectors mulled it a risk to bring them back into the national team again. However the question is now turning to a concern as the people lashed out the national team management more often in the public sphere by terming it as injustice towards the players, specially on Tushar Imran.

Sources said the selectors are still adamant and they won’t bring them back into the national team directly despite Razzak showed the value of experience and domestic performance during the Test series against Sri Lanka.

However Razzak may keep his place in the preliminary squad along with Nazmul Hossain Shanto, the top performer of the domestic circuit in this season. The two will join the rest of the players who indeed are regular in the preliminary squad. But for the time being, it is unlikely that the senior former national players could make a cut as they would have to go through some tests still before being considered for the national team.

The 30-member preliminary squad which was due to be announced yesterday will now be declared once BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon and cricket operations chairman Akram Khan will be in the city.


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