Bangladesh travel

DPL: Prime Bank hits hard as Mithun and Raja travel to South Africa to train with main team

Mohammad Mithun and Rejaur Rahman Raja were sent to South Africa to spend time and train with the main tour of Bangladesh, which left Prime Bank with barely enough players to field an XI for their away match. Dhaka Premier League (DPL) opener against City. Club on March 15.

Prime Bank had already lost Tamim Iqbal, Shoriful Islam, Yasir Ali, Mustafizur Rahman, Mominul Haque and Taijul Islam to the national team, who will play ODIs and Tests in South Africa. Mohammedan Sporting and Abahani Limited have six and five men in the national squads respectively, but Prime Bank is now missing eight, and Mithin and Raja are not even in the squads. ODI-only players will be back for the DPL after the last ODI on March 23. But test players won’t be back until after April 11. They were sent to Cape Town in advance for training and will now miss most league stages of the DPL.

“Each club has built their squad knowing that the Test players will also travel to South Africa early,” Mohammad Salahuddin, the Prime Bank manager who recently won his third BPL title with Comilla Victorians, said. of the situation. “But unfortunately two players from our club, who are not part of the ODI or the test team, Mithun and Raja, are also in South Africa. We were already without six players, and with those two- there, we won’t have eight players. It will be difficult to put together a team.”

“The coach and the selectors recommended to send additional players. The coach wanted to see Raja who is a promising player while Mithun will train confidently with the national team”

Jalal Yunus, Chairman of BCB Cricket Operations

While Mithun, a Bangladeshi international in all three formats but not considered since July last year, was sent to South Africa, Abahani’s Mohammad Naim, a player under central contract and part of the squad Bangladesh‘s test in New Zealand earlier this year was not chosen. travel, and this irritated Salahuddin.

“Mithun hasn’t been part of the national setup for the past nine months. If they [Mithun and Raja] were going to play [in South Africa], I wouldn’t have a problem, but they only go there for training,” Salahuddin said. “They’re not in the squads. There were players from other clubs like Naim but they took players from Prime Bank. It will hurt us. I didn’t really like it.”

Jalal Yunus, chairman of cricket operations at BCB, explained that the decision to send the two Prime Bank players to South Africa was taken by the team’s management.

“The coach [Russell Domingo] said that since Naim is not part of the races, he should continue to play domestic cricket,” Yunus said as quoted by Kaler Kantho. “Coach and selectors recommended that we send additional players. This is the first time I hear that the problem is that they play for Prime Bank.

“The coach wanted to see Raja, who is a promising player, while Mithun will train confidently with the national team. They will come back before the test series, so they will only miss two or three games (DPL).”