Mithun out to cope with cricket’s ‘new normal’

DHAKA —Bangladesh middle order batsman Mohammad Mithun found everything newer and bit tougher as he began practice at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, the ‘home of cricket’ after a four-month painful hiatus due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

But he was not so worried about it, knowing that a couple of more session would help him to adjust with the corona-forced ‘new normal’, which Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) strongly executed.

The cricket apex board in fact was not so willing to reopen the stadium but considering players’ extreme desire to practice at the stadium, they finally resumed cricketing activities here.

The players had to maintain all kind of health rules and social distancing to get into the stadium, which they consider as their second home.

A total of nine players started their individual training at four venues of the countries today. Like others, Mithun also practiced individually, which is completely new thing for him.

He said it was the first time for him in the last four months that he had got the opportunity to do outdoor practice.

“We had got the opportunity to practice under open sky after four months,” Mithun said in a video message sent by the BCB today.

“We had continued our training session as per BCB guideline at our home. But there is difference between practice at home and under open sky. It obviously seems tougher to batting and running after so long time.”

But he is happy to be back at the stadium, stating that he needs some more time to cope with everything.

“But it’s good to do running and batting at indoor after a long time. It may take some time to cope with everything. But hopefully I won’t take much time [to get my rhythm],” he concluded.BSS