Nazmul Abedeen, Bangladesh Cricket Team
Nazmul Abedeen says Bangladesh lacks international stars. Image Courtesy: Getty

Last Update on: January 10th, 2019 at 01:01 am

Recently updated on January 10th, 2019 at 01:01 am

Nazmul Abedeen, the mentor of a few Bangladesh players, feels the team doesn’t have more than a handful of quality international players, and that the lack of such exposure would take time for Bangladesh cricket to rise. Of late, the Bangladesh cricket team has played some splendid cricket, as they reached the finale of Asia Cup 2018. Though they lost to India in the summit clash, Mashrafe Mortaza-led team played their heart out.

We lack international players – Nazmul Abedeen

Meanwhile, Nazmul Abedeen feels Bangladesh has some talented players at the moment. However, apart from the fantastic five, they don’t have anyone matching international standards which might cause some trouble in times to come.

“We might get one or two international quality players once a year, so in five years we might replace four to five players who will be international standard. We can see a glimpse of that in Miraz and Mustafizur. At the moment we don’t have 11 international quality players as a majority of the youngsters had the goal of becoming a national player rather an international player,” Nazmul Abedeen said.

Nazmul Abedeen, Bangladesh Cricket Team
According to Nazmul Abedeen, Bangladesh cricket lacks international players. Image Courtesy: Getty

Furthermore, Nazmul Abedeen tries to highlight the pressure that the youngsters have to deal with. He further set an example with the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, who are the most experienced players in the ranks.

We need players like Shakib, Tamim

Nazmul then added what Bangladesh achieved in the UAE didn’t use to happen before, and if the management takes care of the players, Bangladesh’s cricket might improve in times to come.

“The transition period of Shakib, Tamim and others were different from the current set of players. The current players are facing big challenges like having to become champions in the Asia Cup — that was not the case previously.

“Suppose if Shakib does not play three games, he will return and still be comfortable, but if Liton does not play three games, he will be confused as everyone will start talking about his negatives. So those who are mature know how to handle such pressure. It’s our environment which does not allow them to mature,” he added.


Arijit Chatterjee

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