The Bangladesh colts, having guided their side to a maiden U-19 World Cup title, are set to undergo a special counselling course.
Bangladesh’s U-19 Cup triumph was somewhat marred after some of their players clashed with their Indian counterparts and nearly came to blows after the final in Potchefstroom, South Africa, on Sunday.
India’s Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi, along with Bangladesh’s Mohammed Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan, were found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct and handed suspension points for the ugly on-field fracas.
To ensure that the players conduct themselves properly, authorities in Bangladesh cricket are mulling counselling these youngsters.
“Of course, this (special counselling) will be done. The BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board), though, has already conducted counselling sessions in the past where the players were made aware of the guidelines.
“In fact, they were counselled and briefed about the guidelines, and the dos and don’ts even before the World Cup. The same is done with the seniors too,” junior selector and former opening batsman Hannan Sarkar told The Telegraph on Wednesday.
“What happened after the final was unfortunate for both teams. What the players did was unacceptable. But you have to agree that they are too young at the moment.
“Besides, the competition with India is always intense as we met some five times in the last six months. Maybe due to too much of competitiveness the guys couldn’t control their emotions.
“Obviously, they have to learn professionalism and this should serve as a lesson for them.”
Former captain Habibul Bashar, currently one of the senior selectors, also feels that the Bangladesh Cricket Board will do the needful for the colts.
“These boys are at an age where they will learn a lot. I am sure our Board will take up this matter and do the necessary stuff.
“It’s (counselling) required for everyone, not just for our boys but for others too. It’s important because they have a long future ahead,” Bashar emphasised.
The likes of Akbar Ali, Shahat Hossain, Avishek Das and Rakibul will now head for the BCB’s high performance academy in Mirpur for further polishing their skills to get them ready for the senior level.
The BCB recently approved a three-year development project to be super- vised by Cricket Australia’s international cricket development programme manager Ross Turner.