The players of Bangladesh National Cricket Team began their training camp on Monday ahead of Test series against Australia and their upcoming tour of South Africa in September-October at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Australia is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on August 18 to play two Tests in Dhaka and Chittagong but the pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association has cast doubt over the tour.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has already declared a 29-member primary squad. On the first day of the initial phase of training camp, 22 cricketers out of initially selected 29 reported to trainer Mario Villavarayan on Monday morning.
Out of seven cricketers, southpaw Tamim Iqbal now in England to play for Essex Eagles in the ongoing NatWest T20 Blast while Rubel Hossain could not join in the camp due to injury problem. On the other hand, Litton Kumar Das, Mohammad Saifuddin, Anamul Haque, Abul Hasan and Tanbir Hayder are now engaged with the BCB High Performance team in Darwin.
The cricketers had some fitness sessions under the guidance of trainer Mario Villavarayan in gymnasium and later spent the remaining times at indoor. They also had some warm up.
Bangladesh cricketers have enjoyed 22 days vacation after their game of ICC Champions Trophy. All cricketers had passed a wonderful time with their family and friends.
Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha will return to Bangladesh at the end of July and the skill training will start when the head coach joins the camp.
Fitness trainer Mario Villavarayan is satisfied to observe mental change among the all cricketers.
“All Tigers players have changed their mentality for their own. They want to keep the same mentality level in future. They are doing hard work very positively. The real matter is they do their self practices to keep their fitness level. They changed themselves for this matter. They scored more runs over the last eight months in both domestic and international cricket,” he told to the media at the Mirpur Indoor Stadium on Monday.
He also pinpointed the fitness difference between Bangladesh cricketers and other country’s cricketers.
“Every Tigers player must be out at their present thinking. The Australian, England and South African players are very much professional. Their fitness level has reached at high level. We are trying to touch their level,” Mario Villavarayan concluded.