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Monday, May 25, 2015

"We need to make pacer-friendly pitches to bring out new fast bowlers"- BCB President

The President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board Mr. Nazmul Hasan MP stressed on the fact of focussing on bringing out new fast bowling talents to enrich the pipeline for the national team. He spoke to the media at his Gulshan residence on 16 May, almost a week after the concluded Pakistan's tour to Bangladesh. 
The BCB President said, "We have it in our minds about changing the pitches for our domestic tournaments. Most of the domestic teams strengthen their line-ups with spinners. They do not take fast bowlers. We have planned that from now on, there will be atleast two or three seaming wickets where every team will have mandatory fixtures. Even bigger clubs like Abahani and Mohammedan will have to play in these wickets. This will encourage the teams to focus on taking and grooming fast bowlers. Our plans are for all domestic competitions: first division, second division and even the Premier Leagues".
The concern regarding finding and grooming new fast bowlers was an age-old issue, which re-surfaced after the recently concluded Test Series against Pakistan, where Bangladesh had to play with virtually one fast bowler in Shohid after Shahadat Hossain injured himself right at the beginning of the second Test. Rubel Hossain had been ruled out even before the second Test due to injury, and Bangladesh suffered from the lack of fast bowling options to pick from in a wicket which was helping the quicks.
On a different note, Nazmul Hasan mentioned that there is no possibility of changing Mushfiqur as Test captain, at least within this year. He said, "We do not have a suitable replacement for him at the moment. And one must also remember that whatever recent success that Bangladesh tasted in Tests came under his leadership."
"Mushfiqur got injured while keeping, and that must have effected his batting as well in the Test matches. We obviously expect more from him, but we also have to consider the context", said the BCB President.

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