Tigers excited about military training

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Bangladesh cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful is excited at the prospect of having military training as planned by the newly-appointed interim committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
The new committee in their first meeting on Wednesday decided to put the national cricketers on strict military regimen before they leave for South Africa to play Twenty20 World Cup in September.
‘It will be a very good experience for us. We need a change and I hope the military training will give us that change. It will help us gain physical strength and mental toughness,’ Ashraful told New Age on Thursday.
Sources said the BCB president Major General Sina Ibn Jamali himself had proposed to impart military training to the national squad at the meeting and the other members readily agreed. The training will be held in Sylhet from August 11, two days after the announcement of the Twenty20 World Cup squad.
However, the BCB has planned to send coach Shaun Williams and physio Azmal Hossain Mithu to Sylhet earlier to make the necessary arrangements for the training, said the sources.
‘Military training is not a new phenomenon for international cricketers. India, Pakistan and Australia teams have endured it previously. So I don’t see any problem for us to take it,’ said Ashraful.