The Bangladesh national cricket team players took part in an unofficial practice session organised by captain Mushfiqur Rahim at the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) National Cricket Academy (NCA) ground yesterday.
With the BCB yet to receive a proper training schedule from head coach Richard Pybus and the National Cricket League almost certain to be delayed, the players decided to go through a few routine exercises.
"Some of the spinners were going through their training courses with Saqlain (Mushtaq), and Mushfiqur (Rahim) thought it would be a good idea to bring them together for some stretching," said NCA head coach Richard McInnes. The group, apart from players from the academy, included the likes of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and vice-captain Mahmudullah Riyad.
When asked if the board had assigned McInnes to handle the affairs of the national players during his absence, the Academy coach stated that he was just 'overlooking' the activities at the ground. "Pybus and I work very closely. He is on leave at the moment, but he's working from South Africa. As for the matters here, I am just a mere caretaker," said McInnes.
Earlier, the BCB officials had sent a mail to Pybus requesting him to organise an early camp for the national players.
"Considering the Tigers' recent performance in the T20 world cup, we thought it would be a good idea to start training early so that the players can be better prepared for the West Indies tour," said Jalal Yunus, Chairman, Media Committee, BCB.