Presence of Steve Rhodes and Co. in DPL would benefit players

DHAKA, Cricket operations chairman Akram Khan insisted that the players could have influenced their selection if the head coach Steve Rhodes and other backroom staffs were available during the Dhaka Premier League (DPL).

However BCB despite knowing that coveted league turned out to be most competitive with several players making their present felt by some strong performances allowed Rhodes along with other coaching staff leave. BCB think tankers thought since Tigers have a hectic schedule since the tri-nation series Ireland and ICC Cricket World Cup is knocking at the door, it was better to allow them leave.

They need to give their family time since the hectic schedule is coming up for them, Akram Khan, the chief of BCB Cricket Operations said here today. Because we have preparation camp and the Ireland series coming up, they can see the player at that time. But if they were available in the league it could have been better for some of our players because they could have got their suggestion and may caught coach's mind, he insisted.

Bangladesh's chief selector Minhajul Abedin believes the ongoing DPL is certainly turning out to be quite competitive. His assumption does have a merit as most of the matches are seen to be going down the wire. This DPL is certainly very competitive. We have seen some closely contested matches in the league, Minhajul told the reporters today.

In BPL we see only few leading cricketers but in DPL the platform is certainly bigger, he said. BPL surely does not provide an opportunity to see the growth of domestic cricketers in wider scale as the franchise is often seen decorating their playing XI with four foreign cricketers and cricket experts.

But the DPL has a great impact. Not only does it remain the major source of income for most of the leading cricketers but it is also a major platform for the upcoming cricketers as well. All the failure in the just concluded New Zealand tour seemed to have taken a back seat due to the unexpected Christchurch terror incident but it cannot take away the fact that Tigers were simply ousted by Kiwis in both the ODI's and in the opening two Test matches.

While some of the places in the national team are more or less confirmed there are certain places that still need to be fulfilled with best possible candidates. And several players performed heavily to make them a candidate for those places.

Selector Habibul Bashar also feels that the presence of national head coach could have made an impact in the league. 'Naturally their presence could have a big impact as it would have helped them prepare better, said Habibul.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)