Khulna Titans head coach Mahela Jayawardene believes the focus will shift back to the local players in the forthcoming season of the Bangladesh Premier League following a change in the tournament rules, ESPN reports.
Jayawardene has chalked out a clear plan for his side ahead of the players draft, scheduled to take place on October 28. “We have retained four players and directly signed two overseas already. So with that we then have to go into the draft and take other players or options that we have. At the draft we cannot plan much, but we can plan how we want to go about it. But it all depends on what number of ca­lling you have to take pla­yers,” Jayawardene told reporters at Titans headquarters in Dhaka.
“Rules have changed this year with four overseas in the eleven.
So when we retained we realized how important local players are, there is going to be seven in the eleven.
So we retained three locals and hopefully we can sign some more good local players from the draft, Jayawardene said.
Jayawardene noted that the franchise planned to build the team around the three local retained players, who he sees playing an integral part even in the national setup.
“The tournament is a challenge every year. Last year as well I thought we played really good cricket by finishing in the top half of the table but just couldn’t get through the knockout stages. But that was one game and that’s very tough when someone like Gayle plays a knock like that. But I thought with the young team we had, the way we have invested, we were very good.
“So we’ll try and build on that this year we are looking at those young options. Guys like Shanto and Arif who are now being consistent in the Bang­ladesh setup, I heard that he (Arif) has just been picked for the Test squad which is great news for us. Mahmudullah is going to captain the Test team so the players that we kept as our core players are potential players, future wise.
“So planning wise we have been good and hopefully we can build on that in the draft and get a stronger squad and compete.
That’s all we can guarantee
that we will work really hard
and compete at the BPL,”
he added.