IND vs BAN: NCL participation mandatory for B’desh cricketers, says Habibul Bashar

Those who wish to remain eligible for selection in the Test squad for the tour of India must play in the domestic National Cricket League, says the Bangladesh national selector.

Bangladesh plays three T20Is and two Tests in its tour of India.   -  Getty Images

Bangladesh cricketers in contention for a spot in the Test squad for the two-Test tour of India will have to play the first two rounds of the domestic National Cricket League (NCL) to remain eligible for selection, national selector and former captain Habibul Bashar has said.

Exceptions will, however, be made for those playing the Caribbean Premier League — Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das — and those on ‘A’ team duty.

It is learnt that Daniel Vettori, the newly-appointed bowling consultant, will join the camp on October 25, ahead of the India tour that starts with three Twenty20 Internationals. The Test series will begin on November 14, in Indore. The second and final Test — November 22-26 — will be played in Kolkata.

‘Everyone will have to play’

Seniors in Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah will appear in the NCL — a first-class tournament — after four years. “Without any valid reason, no one will be allowed to skip NCL. Suppose, someone has hamstring injury or broke a finger, then it is something for consideration but without these reasons we will not entertain other explanation as everyone will have to play the NCL,” Bashar was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

The decision to enforce participation in the NCL has been taken in the wake of Bangladesh’s defeat in the one-off Test against Afghanistan. “[The national cricketers] need to make the best use of NCL as it will provide them with an opportunity to spend some time in the middle and they must make that into a habit, as we have seen some of our leading batsmen were unable to do it against Afghanistan,” Bashar said.

Vettori available for 11 days

According to Akram Khan, the BCB cricket operations chairman, Vettori will be available for 11 days in his role as bowling consultant. “We will start our preparation camp for the upcoming India series from October 25 and [Vettori] will be available from the start of the camp as he is coming before that,” Akram said.

Neil McKenzie, Bangladesh’s white-ball batting consultant, will be guiding the side in the opening Test against India in Indore, informed Akram. “McKenzie will come and he will stay during the first Test against India [ as the batting consultant]. We are trying to have him both with red and white ball game because it will be good for our team,” he told Cricbuzz.