Sr. cricketers to play NCL despite failing to pass in beep test

points in the beep test, a method to determine the players fitness level, but still they are all set to play the National Cricket League (NCL), slated to begin from October 10.

The players like Mohammad Ashraful, Abdur Razzak, Tushar Imran, Nasir

Hossain, Rubel Hossain, for the second consecutive time couldn't touch the

benchmark, set by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) who conducted beep test

again on Sunday.

Selection panel member Habibul Bashar Sumon said the players would take

part in the league but all of them would have to obtain 11 in beep test at

some point of the NCL and they won't compromise with it.

Most of the players failed to get the required point in the first time when

BCB conducted a beep test on October 1. But those players showed improvement

to some extent that's why the selectors would give them another chance.

Ashraful who acquired 9.6 first time, got 10 in the second beep test.

Tushar Imran, Nasir Hossain improved their point to 10.1 from 9.5. Rubel

Hossain gave the beep test first time and got 10. Off spinner Sohag Gazi and

pacer Mohammad Shahid obtained 9.8 and 5.9 respectively though Shahid was

injured to some extent.

Veteran pacer Mohammad Sharif who got 9 in first beep test, this time

touched the benchmark, scoring 11. Opener Imrul Kayes also got 11 while pacer

Al Amin Hossain struck highest 12.

BCB introduced the beep test in the NCL last year with the minimum

requirement of nine points. However, the mark was increased to 11 points for

the upcoming season.

BCB made beep test mandatory for all the players eyeing to take part in

the NCL and in order to enhance the physical fitness they has raised the

benchmark for the beep test.

As I told before that we have set 11 point as the minimum requirement but

in some cases we will consider age, form and fitness. We won't give any

benchmark and it will vary from person to person, national selector Habibul

Bashar Sumon said here on Sunday.

As for example, Razzak, a performer and he won't get the result in the

beep test like others and we need to consider these three things� form

fitness age� for some of the cricketers, he added.

They could not reach 11 point today and now Nannu bhai [chief selector]

and me will decide how we will consider them and in which criteria but

Ashraful, Razzak and Tushar Imran have all the probability to play in the

NCL, he said, adding that they need to touch the benchmark in future.

But they have to pass the benchmark in future. They have to increase the

fitness in the game. [They] have to give time sometimes in between the games

of NCL, he said.

It won't be possible to play BCL [without achieving the required fitness

mark]. I mean, we won't consider anyone in further tournaments after NCL who

are unable to get the stipulated points in beep test, he concluded.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)