U-19 team asked to explain Asia Cup failure
The captain, coach, manager and selectors of the Bangladesh Under-19 team have been asked to explain the side's failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the Asia Cup less than two months before the U-19 World Cup starts in Australia. Captain Asif Ahmed, coach Zafrul Ehsan, manager Najmul Abedin Fahim, and junior selectors Ehsanul Haque and Sajjad Ahmed Shipon have been asked to appear before the Bangladesh Cricket Board's directors.
Bangladesh were eliminated from the tournament when they lost to Afghanistan by seven wickets in a Group B match. There was a strong rumour that the board had sacked some of those who were asked to explain the team's performance but it was denied quickly. However, BCB president Mustafa Kamal said there will be some changes in the team that will go to Australia.
"We will announce the team very soon and there will be some changes. We will arrange some practice matches in Khulna," Kamal said. "The biggest problem I realised after talking to them was injuries to some key players as well as Anamul Haque being in the [senior] national team. I think his addition will make the team stronger."
BCB director Sirajuddin Mohammad Alamgir has been given charge of the U-19 side till the World Cup as the development committee chairman Aminul Islam Moni is sick.
"We have to take corrective measures ahead of the World Cup in Australia," Kamal said. "We want to implement as much as we can to improve their performance. We have tried to reshape a few things by asking our director Sirajuddin Mohammad Alamgir to work alongside the current chairman, who is not well."
Kamal also informed that the West Indies High Performance team will visit Bangladesh while the South Africa women's team will also tour the country to play practice matches ahead of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September.
Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka