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Bangladesh set sights on dream team

Published: Sunday, December 24, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Shillong: Cricket has come a long way in Bangladesh as after being accorded the Test playing status, the country has now set their target on winning the 2010 World Cup.''We have set the target and started work on our dream project. Within next five years we will be in the mid-level,'' Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selector Raquibul Hassan said.A former captain, Hassan that a "dream team" would be formed with its strength on the "composite formula" derived from two most professional teams in the world - Australia and South Africa.Coaches from Sri Lanka were appointed to train the youngsters, particularly under 13, 15, 17 and 19 year groups, the recipient of Bangladesh's national sports award said.Elaborating on the four age-group categories, Mr Hassan, who is also the cricket ambassador and vice-president of the Asian Sports Press Union, said the best talent in these categories would be groomed to play in the national squad meant for the World Cup. ''Our basic idea is to make a team comprising boys full of strength and talent. The present players may not be fit enough after 10 years,'' he said.Expressing the hope that finance should not be a constraint for the BCB in the way of their dream project, he said not only the sponsors but the government had also accorded support in this regard.He regretted that the sub-continent lacked fast pitches and hoped that the cricket playing countries in the region would put more stress on the fast turf. Bangladesh was accorded Test playing status in June this year by the International Cricket Council. In a one-off Test against India at Dhaka, India won by nine-wickets. The first ever Test by Bangladesh was played from November 10 to 14 at Dhaka's Bangabandhu Stadium. About the 10th Test playing nation's preparation to produce fast bowlers, Mr Hassan said 10 boys, under 19 years of age were sent to the MRF Foundation in India and an equal number to Australia.He said Bangladesh had basically focussed on the One-day matches, the challenge has now come after they got the Test playing status. ''We will have to work hard, but not for a long period,'' Mr Hassan added.On domestic cricket, he said six divisions according to the age groups had been created, which would play matches against each other. The "club cricket programme" had been worked out to be held at each"Thana" (district) level where both boys and girls between age group of eight and 11 would play cricket, Mr Hasan said."The programme is meant to achieve three main objectives - to inculcate interest in children for cricket, see future prospect and most interestingly create a future mother from the girls, having cricketing knowledge so that parents inspire their children to play cricket,'' he said.In march, the Bangladesh team would tour Zimbabwe to play Test matches there.The BCB was an elected and apolitical body, he said adding, ''We are taking care to see our programmes were implemented properly. A central monitoring cell is there for the purpose.'' The former captain said, ''Our second biggest joy after independence is achieving the status of Test playing country.'' Mr Hassan, also a member of the ICC cricket playing committee, said four changes in the rules had been effected recently regarding extra fielder, gloves worn by the wicket-keeper, change of ball after 80 overs instead of previous 75 and about the helmet. UNI

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