Tushar Imran, the dashing batsman from Dhanmondi Club, looked very joyful yesterday and there are reasons. He and four other boys from different age group got the rare chance to undergo a four-week training session in Commonwealth Bank Academy of Cricket in Australia (CBCA). It is noteworthy that CBCA toured Bangladesh in January 2001, to play some exhibition matches.

Tushar is famous for his crushing knock against the champions of the Premier League 2000-2001. He slammed an unbeaten 131 against Mohammedan Sporting Club, which ended up with a surprising victory over their gigantic opponents. After the League had finished, he was called in for Bangladesh-A camp. Tushar thinks he has some problems relating to his temperament and he wants to work on that. He played a three-day match against the CBCA squad in BKSP early this year.

Anwar Hossain Monir, the pace bowler who was summoned to practice with the national squad, is also very optimistic about this training tour. He thinks that there are a lot of things he should learn from the Academy. He has identified few of his problems and is hopeful that the Australian experts would help him to prevail over those. Monir played for Surjatarun Club in this year.

Hasibul Haq was in the under-17 squad that took part in the Asian U-17 tournament held in Dhaka, 2001. He played the First Division 2000-2001 for Gopibagh Friends Club and scored a little more than 750 runs, which is an outstanding achievement for a kid like him. He is known as the little prodigy of First Division. He is reliable behind the stumps and aggressive in the front. His friend Arif, who also played the Asian U-17 as a specialist leg-break bowler, is going with him. Both are students of class ten and they still have not crossed sixteen.

The boys will play five practice matches in Western Australia. The former wicket keeper-batsman Wayne Philips now coaches for CBCA.