The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon said some new players have been emerged from the BCB President’s Cup, a thing which was the outcome of the tournament.
“The positive thing is that the tournament gave the players a platform to show their mettle and some players grabbed it with both hands. So we got some new players, who have immense talent and who can make it big in future,” Papon said during a conversation with the media people.
Although a number of countries returned to cricket after overcoming Covid-19 pandemic, the return of Bangladesh to cricket was uncertain. The Sri Lanka series was postponed at the eleventh hour last September. Thereafter the BCB decided to organize the President’s Cup by dividing the cricketers into three teams at that time. The plan is a resounding success, according to Papon.
With this tournament, the cricketers have been able to return to competitive cricket after a long six months. Moreover, the three-team tournament was very competitive.
Several young cricketers hogged the limelight through this tournament. Young Shoriful Islam and Sumon Khan have performed well in the pace department. Youngsters like Towhid Ridoy and Irfan Shukkur have been praised for their batting.
“I want to thank the entire management, who were involved in this tournament,” the BCB boss told reporters after the final on Sunday.
“It ended very nicely. Of course, the players we regularly expected to run couldn’t do. However, Mushfiqur did well. Liton Das got runs in the last match.
The BCB president said, “The positive side is that many newcomers have done well. Like the way Taskin is back. I thought for a while that he might not return to the national team. But he did very well. Rubel has a great tournament. Not only that, we got bowlers like Sumon Khan.”
“In batting, you can see that Irfan Shukkur has scored runs consistently. He came and performed in all the matches under a lot of pressure. Another boy, Towhid Ridoy showed he has great potential. Now I know him. Mahedi Hasan has good potential as an all-rounder. He also bats and bowls well. Pace bowling was our biggest weakness. This is the first time I saw a tournament where the pacers did well.”