No foreign cricketers will be allowed to play in this year’s Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League that is set to begin on March 15, confirmed Kazi Inam Ahmed Chowdhury, chairman of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) on Sunday.
In a new move, CCDM also said that the clubs will be able to rope the players directly, instead of the previous system of ‘player by choice’, according to the demands of the players.
In the last October, top local players demanded to bring back the old system of players’ contract in a mutual understanding.
As per the latest update, the player transfer will take place from March 3 to 5. The cricketers of the Bangladesh national team will be in Sylhet at that time to play ODI series against Zimbabwe. The CCDM chairman said a desk will be installed in Sylhet for the transfer formalities of the national players.
The first three to four rounds of the upcoming Dhaka Premier League will be played in Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar.
“We have decided to host the first three to four rounds of Dhaka Premier League in Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar so that the wickets of Dhaka get some quality break. The board has decided to bear all the expense of clubs during the Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar phases of the league,” Inam Ahmed told the media.
He also confirmed that a T20 edition of Dhaka Premier League will also take place this year after the 50-over format of the event. It will only be the second season of the Dhaka T20 League as the first edition took place in 2019.
The Bangladesh Women’s team will face India in their first game of the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup at the WACA ground in Perth, Australia on Monday .
India smartly started their Women’s T20 WC campaign beating defending champions and host Australia 17 runs on Friday at the same venue.
Ahead of their World Cup campaign, Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun are excited to play the World Cup in Australia.
“It’s a great feeling that we came here to play the World Cup. We came to Australia two weeks ago and are now ready to perform. Our preparation is good and we are confident to do well in the main tournament,” Salma told the media on the eve of the match
“We have watched the previous game involving India and Australia. India played really good cricket. But we are not bothered with the way they play, instead, we are focusing on our game,” Bangladesh captain further added.
Before the main event, Bangladesh had two warm-up matches. But one of those match was washed out due to rain and in the other game, Bangladesh beat Pakistan.
After playing against India, Bangladesh will face Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in their last three games in the group phase on February 27, 29 and March 2.
After being inducted in Test cricket back in 2017, Najmul Hossain Shanto had played nine innings in international cricket but failed to replicate the performance that he had displayed in age-level cricket until the ongoing Dhaka Test when he hit his maiden fifty for the Tigers.
The southpaw said it was due to the promise of getting sufficient chances to play for the national side.
In his four-year international career, Shanto was axed from the side more than once for his lean show. The batsman said to the media at the end of day two of Dhaka Test that he had a fear of being kicked out during his early days in international cricket which prevented him from playing good cricket.
“There was a fear of getting kicked out in the previous games I played for the national team. Many things were in my mind when I got my maiden Test cap in 2017 in New Zealand. But, now I have been trying to play well on a regular basis. The coaching staff is advising me not to think much about being out of the team. They told me that I will get enough chances. This assurance is helping me to be comfortable and shift the focus only on my game,” Najmul told the media on Sunday.
“My mentality has changed a lot. I used to rush when I got my maiden call in the national team. But now, I try to stay calm and focused, I try to play with patience,” Shanto added.
Shanto looked comfortable against the bowling attack of Zimbabwe. Many assumed the southpaw would score a ton. But he was dismissed by Charlton Tshuma after scoring 71.
“Of course, there was a good chance since the wicket is good. In the end, I am happy with the way I have batted. But I should have played a big knock as the wicket was really good to bat on. I will try my best if I get another chance,” the batsman added.
In reply of Zimbabwe’s first innings of 265, Bangladesh posted 240 for three at the end of day two.
Shanto believes if the two unbeaten batsmen, Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim continue batting as well as they did on the second day, Bangladesh might get a substantial lead.
Nasrin Sports Academy earned an empathic 12-0 goals victory over Spartan MK Gallactico Sylhet FC in the Tricotex Women’s Football League at Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur here on Sunday.
In the 2nd match of the day, Aklima Khatun and Swapna of Nasrin Sports Academy made a hat-trick each scoring four and three goals respectively, Nourin and Unnoti Khantun netted two goals each while Shohagi scored the other goal.
In the day’s other match, Jamalpur Kacharipara Ekadash outplayed Cumilla United by 6-1 goals at the same venue Sunday noon.
Jannath Islam Rumi made a hat-trick contributing three goals while Kunsia Jannath netted two and Tania scored the remaining goal for the winners while Asha Moni scored the consolation goal for the losers.
Earlier in the opening match on Saturday, national star-studded Bashundhara Kings earned a massive 12-0 goals victory over less-known Begum Anwara Sporting Club at the same venue.
Islami Bank East Zone trail by 376 runs with seven first innings wickets still in hand against four time-champions BCB South Zone at stumps on day 2 of the five-day Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) final, at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here on Sunday.
BCB South Zone resumed the first innings with overnight total 305 for 6, and Shamsur Rahman and Farhad Reza at the crease. The seventh-wicket pair would go on to compile a 94-run partnership before being separated , as the South piled up a massive total of 486 runs before eventually being dismissed 139 overs.
Farhad, who started the day not out on 8, proved to be the mainstay of the innings for the South, even remaining unconquered on 103 extremely important runs (186 balls, 10 fours and 5 sixes).
Shamsur contributed 79 runs, playing 162 balls with ten hits to the fence.
Besides, tail-ender Shafiul Islam scored 52-ball 30 runs with five boundaries.
Earlier on the first day (Saturday), BCB South Zone made a flying start scoring 131 runs in the opening stand by Fazle Mahmud and Anamul Haque Bijoy and later Fazle Mahmud pairing with Al Amin added another 53 runs for the 2nd wicket.
Opener Fazle Mahmud contributed the match highest 86 runs off 155 balls featuring nine fours and two sixes, national opener Anamul Haque Bijoy scored 131-ball 76 runs hitting five fours and one six while one down Al Amin made 61-ball 39 runs with five boundaries.
Besides, Mahedi Hasan quick-fired 35-ball 36 runs with four hits across the rope and one over the rope while Nurul Hasan made 23-ball 18 runs with four boundaries in the first innings for South Zone on the first day (Saturday).
Former national captain Mohammad Ashraful, Saqlain Sajib and Ruyel Miah claimed two South Zone wickets each conceding 13, 78 and 86 runs respectively.
Relying to the South’s mammoth first innings total, Islami Bank East Zone opened the first innings and scored 110 runs for 3 in 39 overs when the bails were drawn for the 2nd day (Sunday) to trail by 376 runs.
Opener Pinak Ghosh scored the team highest 38 runs off 67 deliveries with four boundaries, Mohammad Ashraful made 62-ball 28 runs hitting five fours, captain Imrul Kayes contributed 47-ball 22 runs with three fours while one down Mahmudul Hasan remained not out 21 runs off 53 balls with three fours, and is set to be joined by Araf
Veteran spinner Abdur Razzak grabbed two wickets for 34 runs while Shafiul Islam took one for 34 runs.