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Bangladesh players resume training on an individual basis
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Bangladesh players resume training on an individual basis

Several top-flight Bangladesh cricketers have begun training at different venues across the country following a four-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The resumption of some form of cricketing activity in Bangladesh marks the first time that the BCB has opened training facilities for the interested players since the Covid-19 outbreak.

Last month, the BCB had rejected former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim's plea to start physical training at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur.

While the scale of the pandemic has not significantly dropped in Bangladesh, cricket organisers are now moving towards allowing players adequate facilities to maintain their fitness.

The players who have made use of this opportunity include Mushfiqur, Mohammad Mithun, Shafiul Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Nayeem Hasan and Mehedi Hasan.

"We got this opportunity to train after four long months. Batting, running -- everything felt a little difficult since everything we did in the past four months was indoors. Hopefully, things will be less difficult and we will get back our fluency gradually," Mithun was quoted as saying by Daily Star following his individual session.

The BCB is making sure that players adhere to the rules of social distancing and they are thus advised to avoid interactions with fellow cricketers. Players can practice in the nets separately and will not be permitted to mingle with each other.

Players residing outside Dhaka can only perform exercises at the gym and do running on the ground as they have not been provided the option of putting in the hard yards in indoor nets.

"We only had gym and running practices at home in the past few months. Today was the first time I went back to the ground after a long break. But I only had running drills there, didn't get the opportunity to bowl as there is no bowling facility at the ground," said pacer Khaled Ahmed.

The BCB is mulling over expanding this training regime to cover more aspects once the current seven-day programme concludes without any issue.