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Playing quick bowler, leg-spinner a priority not mandatory, says BCB director

DHAKA A Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director

today said playing a quick bowler with 140 KM speed and a leg-spinner in

every team of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is not

mandatory rather it's a priority.

The BCB earlier said as they want to groom the cricketers through this

tournament, they made it mandatory for all the teams to include a quick

bowler and leg-spinner.

But veteran director Enayet Hossain Siraj said that the board did not

make it mandatory rather it tried to say that including a leg-spinner and

quick bowler should be given top priority.

Siraj made the statement during the jersey unveiling ceremony Rangpur

Rangers.

Rangers included leg-spinner Rishad Hossain in their squad but his chance of

playing in the BBPL is very slim considering he is expected to play the ICC

Under-19 World Cup.

It is not being imposed [to play a leg spinner and a pace bowler over

140 kmph], Siraj said here today. But we will try to have a leg-spinner in

the team. And for playing a pacer bowling at 140, the wicket has to be of

that sort. Then there is also the fact of team combination. We will give

priority to play leg spinner, he said.

Siraj said BCB came up with the statement like including leg-spinner and

quick bowler since Bangladesh have the lacking in those two departments.

We have a lacking with leg-spinner so we have to give priorities. But

there is nothing in the playing condition [that a team has to play a leg

spinner or a 140 KMPH pace bowler]. For national interest we will try to play

leg-spinner, he said.

Earlier two months ago, during the National Cricket League (NCL), BCB

sacked two divisional coaches after they failed to follow the rules of

playing a leg-spinner in the team. Meanwhile, Siraj added that he is

replacing Akram Khan in the Rangers squad as team director as they are

sponsored by Incepta Group where he is one of the stakeholders.

Earlier I was in Rajshahi and Akram was here. But as I am stakeholders

of Incepta and therefore board decided to give me this team but Akram is

still there as he had formed the team and he will be working with me, he

said.

BCB is yet to announce any director for Rajshahi Royals.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)