ICL might hamper the talent pool in country: Bangladesh coach

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Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNI) Sensing that the Indian Cricket League (ICL) could paralyse the game in the country, coach Jamie Sidden has stated that the huge money being offered by the rebel league will hamper the chances of developing a talent pool in an already depleted Bangladesh team.

''If we were to lose another six players out of our current team it probably would cripple us,'' Siddons said on the eve of the team's departure for South Africa. ''I don't see how we can be competitive if that happens again.'' ''I don't know how we can stop them either, that's the hard part. There's no way to put an end to it when the ICL keeps throwing that sort of money at the players. Cricket is definitely going to suffer. They are taking young players who are not even at their peak yet and offering them lots of money. The players see the dollar signs and go,'' he added.

Fourteen Bangladesh cricketers had recently joined the ICL and were playing in the ongoing Twenty20 championship for a team named Dhaka Warriors and all the players were banned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board for ten years.

Siddons also asserted that countries like Bangladesh, which have less talent pool in the comparison of other Test playing nations, had everything to lose in such a scenario, if the talent pool continued to dwindle.

''The countries are the ones that develop the cricketers the ICL takes, so if there's no money coming back from those tournaments and into the infrastructure then eventually it's all going to dry up,'' Sidden said.

However, in the wake of the recent ICL exodus, Bangladesh have done well to stay competitive and Siddons was pleased with the recent home games during which they upset New Zealand comprehensively in the first ODI but failed to close the series.

They had also their chances to register a second Test victory in the eight years in the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand.

''We've just beaten New Zealand for the first time, so lots of little things are showing signs that some good times are just round the corner,'' he said. ''But the team is young and inconsistency is still there.'' He further added that the top order was not at its best against New Zealand and Siddons wanted the players to lift for the South Africa tour, which features two Tests, a Twenty20 and three ODIs.

''They are vulnerable at the moment but if they find their feet we'll be competitive without a doubt,'' Siddons said. ''Our middle-order batsmen and bowling will be okay, I think, over there.'' UNI XC RKM CS RR RK1335

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