Prime Bank coach Salahuddin , Prime Bank Cricket Club coach Mohammad
Salahuddin, who is well known for mentoring top cricketers like Shakib Al
Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, and Mushfiqur Rahim today questioned players’ commitment,
particularly due to their poor fitness.
Prime Bank coach Salahuddin lashes out at unfit cricketers
He said from what he has seen in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League (DPL) that
most of the players lacked the fitness to play smoothly for the full season.
“Sometimes it seems like are we paying the players more than what he deserves?
Is there any rationale behind that? Most of the players in my team are unfit,”
Salahuddin said here today.
“Their fitness level is to play for just three or four matches, not for the whole
season. We were the worst fielding side in the whole tournament,” he added.
Salahuddin’s Prime Bank, however, moved to the Super League but they are in
fourth place with 12 points, six points behind the table topper Sheikh Jamal
Dhanmondi Club. It means hardly have the chance to clinch the
championship title unless Jamal and the second-placed Abahani Limited loss
most of their Super League matches.
So, before entering the Super League, Salauddin warned his players, “I have
given the message to my team. If you want to play next year, you have to
maintain a good fitness. Otherwise there is no chance to play. Players need
to work on their fitness before the start of the season. It’s hard to work
out fitness after the start of the season. Hopefully they will get the
fitness right before next season. Then it will bunfit cricketerse good for themselves and it
will be good for the team.”
He also emphasized on to be dedicated wholeheartedly for the team for a
“I think it’s important to have dedication to the team,” he said. “No matter
how good a team is! It is difficult to get good results if team spirit does
not come from within the players. You have to have empathy for the team. At
least if you play with compassion… if the team loses then you will have
emotional relief. I did not get that relief this time.”
Abahani will play their first match of the Super League against Abahani
Limited who beat them in the group phase.
“We have a tough match with against Abahani and that too at the Mirpur
Stadium where Abahani played more matches than us. This ground is a home
venue like them. They will get a little more benefit. Even then, we hope we
won’t do the same mistakes that we did in the last match. ”
Tamim Iqbal was supposed to play in Prime Bank this time. But after the tour
of South Africa, the Bangladesh ODI captain went to London for personal
affair. The Prime Bank coach, however, doesn’t know as of now that when he