Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the sponsor of the Bangladesh National Cricket team Robi have teamed up to look for promising fast bowlers from all over the country. “Robi Fast Bowler Hunt” campaign will get underway on 17th January and continue till 20th February 2016.
Meanwhile, the registration process has kick started from today. Registration process can be completed through SMS/ Online/ by visiting any of the selected Robi Walk-In-Centers across the country. This challenge is open for both male and female participants. But the participants must be between ages 16-23. Also, minimum height for male participants is 5 feet 6 inches and minimum height for female is 5 feet. Interested young participants are requested to complete their registration by 14th January, 2016.
The campaign has been organized in two phases. In the first phase starting from 17th January, the fast bowler selection process will take place in 16 different locations of the country. 64 selected participants will be chosen to go to Dhaka High Performance Camp for the second phase for participating in the final selection round.
The participants will be judged based on their physical ability and skills (weight, height, flexibility test, knee to wall). There will be bowling coaches from National Cricket Academy monitoring and recording data for each participant. Following the end of the elimination round top 12 players (10 male, 2 female) will be declared as winners. These worthy winners will have the opportunity to train under the expert guidance of the High Performance Team, so that they can be prepared for playing at national level.
BCB President Nazmul Hassan MP expressed his high expectation from this campaign. He felt that for us to become a leading cricketing nation there is no alternative to producing quality fast bowlers. He said that “We are looking for the next Mashrafees, Rubels and the Taskins through this programme. I am sure we will be able to find them through this initiative. I would specially like to thank Robi for their continued support to Bangladesh cricket.”
Commenting on the unique initiative Robi’s Chief Operating Officer Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said that “Fast bowling is a very difficult but exciting part of the glorious game of cricket. The leading cricket teams the world over are known to have key fast bowlers who can put the opponent on their back foot with their sheer pace. Robi as the proud sponsor of the National Cricket team believes that we need to seriously look at ways to ensure a steady supply of quality fast bowlers. It is in this backdrop, we have organized the Fast Bowler Hunt campaign powered by Robi’s super-fast internet. This initiative will certainly further glorify Bangladesh’s name in the global cricketing arena. I would like to thank the BCB for their kind cooperation and support in working towards further improvement of the country’s standard of cricket in the fast bowling department.”
Interested participants can register through SMS from their Robi number by sending FAST to 21213. Participants will receive a confirmation message stating that they will be contacted shortly.
Robi Axiata Limited is a joint venture between Axiata Group Berhad, of Malaysia and NTT DoCoMo Inc., of Japan. Robi is the second largest mobile phone operator in Bangladesh in terms of revenue, with 28.4 million subscribers, as of September 2015. Robi network provides nationwide coverage to 99% of the population with 13,260 2.5G BTS and over 2,950 3.5G sites. Robi proudly claims to have the widest international roaming service in the market, connecting 600 operators across more than 200 countries. It is also the first operator to introduce GPRS and 3.5G services in Bangladesh. The Company has introduced many first of its kind digital services in the country and has invested heavily in taking mobile financial services to the underserved communities in the rural and semi-urban areas.