Emerging cricketers off to Pak tour


Bangladesh Emerging Team, led by wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan on Monday left Dhaka for Pakistan to participate in the second edition of ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup, scheduled to start from December 6.
The team left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 6:00pm after getting a formal approval from Bangladesh government.
The tournament will be co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka from December 6 to 15, with Bangladesh playing all their group matches in Pakistan’s Karachi.
Bangladesh are placed in Group B alongside hosts Pakistan, Hong Kong and UAE while Group A comprises Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India and Oman.
‘As far as I know, a good and high level security will be provided to the teams in Pakistan. I hope there will be no such occurrence there,’ manager Khaled Masud told reporters in Mirpur.
‘Players are also being informed in such way. Before leaving BCB, we all sit in a meeting, where the management briefed us about what we could do there and what we could not do,’ he added.
Former Bangladesh skipper Masud was also optimistic about team’s chances in the tournament adding that he was ready to share his knowledge with the players if necessary.
‘We’ve good players in the team. Those, who have been included, most of them are in good touch at domestic cricket. They have been performing regularly since last four-five years.
‘Selectors formed a good and well-balanced team. I’ll try to perform my duty what is given me from the board. If it is needed to share any idea or technical issue, I’ll, of course, exchange it with the players,’ said Mashud, who was travelling as manager of a representative BCB team for the first time.
Another former national captain Habibul Bashar travelled as selectors while National Cricket Academy’s fast bowling coach Champaka Ramanayeke was handed the job coach.
Bangladesh will open their campaign against UAE on December 6 before facing Hong Kong and hosts Pakistan respectively on December 7 and 9.
The two semi-finals and final will be held respectively on December 13 and 15 in Colombo.
Bangladesh were knocked out from the semi-final stage in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2017 at their own backyard against Sri Lanka, who eventually won the tournament by beating Pakistan in the final.
Squad: Nurul Hasan (Capt), Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mizanur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Zakir Hasan, Saif Hasan, Yasir Ali, Tanvir Islam, Afif Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Qazi Onik, Khaled Ahmed and Mohor Sheikh.