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July 19, 2001
The Asian Test Championship is nearing as the days are progressing. Bangladeshi players are now often seen in the BCB gym taking weight training. Physiotherapist Gavin is demonstrating the training program. The National Squad seem to be absolutely serious about doing well in the Test championship, therefore, they are now giving extra pressure over physical fitness.
Today most of the squad members were found working on their muscles with Gavin around them to give instructions. Bikash Ranjan, Habibul Bashar, Khaled Masud, Mohammed Sharif and Ashraful from National and many from Bangladesh-A team took part in the hard weight-training session. These workouts are now the indispensable parts of cricket.
The newly set BCB gym is equipped with modern weight instruments that are quite accommodating to build a hard and endurable physic. Modern cricket has altered many conventional ideas. As for example, fielding and fitness were never given more importance than they are given in the last ten years. Bangladesh realized it lately. The National players deserved a gym like this and definitely earlier.
Khaled Masud, the number-one wicket keeper in Bangladesh, is going all-out to regain his fitness. He was severely injured in the Zimbabwean Tour, which kept him out of cricket for months. He looks very confident to slip back into the squad. This veteran player's contribution to his country is unforgettable, no doubt. We wish to see him back in form.
Bikash Ranjan Das, the ace medium pacer of the country, possesses a perfectly shaped body. He missed the Zimbabwe Tour, which gave him a lot of pain. This time he has been included in the Squad that are taking the preparatory measures in BKSP. Bikash spends a fair amount of time in the gymnasiums at BKSP and BCB.
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