The preliminary national squad for the home series against India will start their preparations today under the newly-appointed assistant coach Sarwar Imran.
The players are expected to undergo ‘beep’ tests in order to give the team management an idea about their fitness level. With the new coach for the Tigers yet to join the team, a trainer from the women’s team is expected to conduct the beep tests.
‘It is important for us to know the physical condition of the players before we start proper training,’ Imran told New Age on Saturday. ‘You won’t be able to improve the fitness drastically in such a short period but the players will at least get to know their shortcomings.’
Imran will be in charge until new head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe takes over on June 10. The Tigers, however, are expected to start skill training much before Hathurusinghe’s arrival.
‘We want to start the fielding session immediately after the screening programme is completed,’ said Imran.
‘We want to start full-throttle skill training sessions from next Wednesday,’ he said.
Bangladesh will play three ODIs against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on May 15, 17 and 19.
Preliminary squad members Nasir Hossain, Naeem Islam, Imrul Kayes,
Shamsur Rahman and Mominul Hoque will miss the camp as they are currently in West Indies with the A team.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, all-rounder Mahmudullah and star cricketer Sakib al Hasan are on leave and will the miss opening day’s training.
-With New Age input