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Konka33
June 1, 2006, 06:55 AM
Tigers back in training
Tigercricket.com Report
01-June-2006

After a month’s break from cricket the Bangladesh team returned to training today (Thursday) morning when the players selected in the preliminary camp for the tour of Kenya and Zimbabwe in July-August reported for duty at the Army Stadium in Dhaka.

Coach Dav Whatmore and his training staff will concentrate on physical conditioning during the first few weeks of the camp with a grueling international one-day season leading up to the World Cup coming up for the Tigers. 16 out of the 19 players selected for the camp joined the first day’s training. Missing were Mohammad Ashraful who is playing club cricket in England, rookie all-rounder Sakib al-Hasan who is in Brisbane for a stint at the Commonwealth Bank Academy and Mushfiqur Rahim who is sitting for the HSC exam.

The cricketers had a short but intense work-out on the athletics track which consisted of slow running to begin with and then continuous 100-metre sprints for five minutes non-stop followed by a 30-second recess before returning to the sprint drill. The session lasted 45 minutes.

With the eagerly anticipated football World Cup just days away and the world abuzz with the greatest show on earth, the players also could not resist discussing soccer after the brief practice session when prompted by a TV reporter.

"I feel Germany and England have a better chance because of the weather and conditions," said Mohammad Rafique. The star left-arm spinner is one of the four Ronaldo head-alikes in the squad along with Aftab Ahmed, Shahriar Nafees Ahmed and Shahadat Hossain Rajib. The quartet had performed the Umrah recently while they were in Saudi Arabia to appear in two exhibition matches.

Skipper Habibul Bashar disagreed with Rafique’s observations and brushed aside England’s chances saying that, "even the Premiership depended on foreign players because the English footballers were not up to the mark." Bashar said he fancied Portugal’s prospects because of Luis Figo and their Brazilian coach Luis Felipe Scolari. Pace ace Mashrafee Mortaza and opener Javed Omar meanwhile were convinced that Argentina had all the ammunition to lift the Cup but their voices soon got buried under the collective noise of the Brazil fanatics.

"The boys looked in good shape despite coming off a break. I believe they must have worked on their individual fitness over the last month or so. They were also in great spirit, something that has just carried over from the home series’ against Sri Lanka, Kenya and Australia," said assistant coach Mohammad Salahuddin.

Whatmore informed that Paul Chapman, who is due to replace Stuart Karppinen as the team’s trainer, was likely to join the camp in a week’s time. The team would enjoy a day off on Friday before returning to training again on Saturday.

The Bangladesh team is likely to leave for Kenya on July 15 to play three ODIs on July 19, 21 and 23. There could be adjustments made to that schedule depending on the final itinerary of the Zimbabwe tour which has not been announced yet. That tour starts immediately after the Kenyan trip. The Tigers are due to play five ODIs in Zimbabwe.

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Nice to see them enjoying themselves.:flag:

Baundule
June 1, 2006, 09:34 AM
Another great pioneer. Konka has started 10 threads, while his/her total posts till date counts to 22 :clap:

This one seems to be some copy-paste from Tiger cricket.

Tendulkar_Mcgrath
June 1, 2006, 01:14 PM
Another great pioneer. Konka has started 10 threads, while his/her total posts till date counts to 22 :clap:

This one seems to be some copy-paste from Tiger cricket.

:D:D nice point arisen by baundule

TheWatcher
June 1, 2006, 02:14 PM
Hope to see Mushfiq to do well in HSC. When will the exam be over ?

SS
June 1, 2006, 03:47 PM
Stuart gone! he used to ball in nets and give good tips too