Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNB) - Khulna Titans failed to live up to the expectations once again as they suffered their third consecutive defeat in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) losing to Rajshahi Kings by seven wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz, the captain of the Kings, hit his first-ever T20 fifty in the match to register their maiden win in the cricket extravaganza.
While replying to Khulna’s 117, Mohammad Hafeez, the Pakistani recruit of Rajshahi, fell for 6 runs. He went to hit Taijul Islam for a big shot but failed to judge the spin as he skied the ball and Ariful Haque sprinted from his position to take a superb catch.
The initial blow was not enough to stop Rajshahi’s run to their first win of the season as they added 94 runs with the help of the captain Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mominul Haque. While Mominul scored 44 off 43 balls with four fours, Miraz ended with his first T20 fifty (51) off 45 balls with six fours and a six to his credit.
Miraz was dismissed by Afghan China-man bowler Zahir Khan with Khulna needing only 9 to win. Soumya Sarkar (11) and Laurie Evans did the remaining job with great care and Khulna ended up with a victory by seven wickets in 18.5 overs.
Earlier, Khulna decided to bat first after winning the toss and their openers -- Paul Stirling and Junaid Siddique -- managed a solid start posting 40 runs in the first wicket stand. But Khulna failed to set a challenging total as they wrapped in for 117/9 in 20 overs in the first innings.
Paul fell for 16 runs when he went to drive Mustafizur Rahman towards the cover area but the shot was straight to Mominul Haque who took a catch at extra-cover.
While passing the 50-run mark after breaking the opening stand, Khulna lost three wickets. Junaid was dismissed by Sri Lankan left-arm pacer Isuru Udana. Junaid went to pull without having free space for his arm and skied the ball. Fazle Mahmud Rabbi took an easy catch at square leg.
Jahurul Islam Omi, the wicketkeeper-batsman, failed once again to take responsibility when he fell for one. He tried to clear Arafat Sunny for a biggy but did not manage perfectly and Udana took a catch at long-on.
Khulna kept losing the wickets on a regular basis which prevented them from making long partnerships what they needed much.
Junaid’s 23 off 18 remained as the best knock of the innings for Khulna. He hit four fours while Dawid Malan scored 22 off 18 hitting one four and one six. The others Khulna batsmen were clueless to face the pace of Isuru Udana and Mustafizur Rahman.
While Udana took three wickets conceding 15 runs in four overs with a maiden, Mustafizur bagged two wickets for 18 runs. Arafat Sunny, Qais Ahmed and Soumya Sarkar were the others bowlers to take one wicket each for Rajshahi.
Khulna Titans will face off Chittagong Vikings in their next match on January 12 at 12:30pm in Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium and Rajshahi Kings play Comilla Victorians on January 11 at 7:00pm at the same venue.
Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNB)– The two-day players selection trial for Mymensingh Division of the Saif Power Battery Bangladesh District & Divisional Football Association (BDDFA) Divisional Under-20 Football Tournament will commence Saturday (January 12) at the Netrokona District Stadium.
Players selection trial for Sylhet Division will be held on January 16-17 at Adhunik Stadium in Habiganj, Khulna Division on January 25-26 at Bir Shreshtha Nur Mohammad Stadium in Narail, Barisal Division on February 1-2 at Shaheed Abdur Rab Serniabad Stadium in Barisal, Dhaka Division on February 8-9 at Sheikh Jamal Stadium in Faridpur while Rajshahi Division on February 13-14 at Sankar Gobindha Chowdhury Stadium in Natore.
Earlier, the players selection trial for Chattogram Division was held at MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram on November 11-12 while for the Rangpur Division was held on November 23-24 at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari.
Earlier, on eve of the players selection process last November, the BDDFA president and CCC Mayor AJM Nasiruddin hoped that the initiative will bring a new dawn in the sky of Bangladesh football.
“In the recent times we have seen a decline in the country’s football with a lot of frustration, apart from a few successes in age level in international arena. We want to change the scenario by grooming the talents with systematic approach and emphasizing the U-20 booters,” Nasiruddin said.
BDDFA secretary general Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin said BDDFA wants form a new platform for the youth footballers.
“The process will create a new platform for the grassroots footballers. They will be able to elevate themselves for the bigger challenge. It’s the very first initiative for the U-20 footballers of the grassroots level,” said Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin.
Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNB) - Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Wednesday refuted the allegation of CCC Mayor and President of Chattogram Jila Football Association ASM Nasiruddin that it is not cooperating in arranging the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup football.
“Nasiruddin in a report broadcast in a private television channel on January 7 alleged that the federation is not cooperating for arranging the third edition of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup which is not true,” it said in a press release.
The federation brought a counter allegation, saying it did not receive any response from host club Chattogram Abahani Limited even after sending letters and emails repeatedly for hosting Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup in 2018 and 2019.
The BFF said it is always ready and committed to extend cooperation to arrange the third Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup anytime.
Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNB) — Local Bangladeshi players are yet to demonstrate their prowess in the shortest version of cricket in the ongoing sixth edition of Bangladesh Premiere League (BPL).
At the end of the tournament’s fourth day, former national team captain Mushfiqur Rahim on Wednesday said local players would need more time to put up good performance.
“It is tough to play well in BPL for guys who don’t play for the national team. They play only one T20 tournament a year. So, it’s tough for them to play well at the beginning of the tournament,” Mushfiqur, the Chittagong Vikings captain, told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
He said things were different for those who play for the national side in all three formats throughout the year. “So, doing well in T20s is comparatively easier for us,” he said.
Mushfiqur said he felt the local players would perform well as the tournament progressed. “I think another T20 tournament at the domestic level is needed to help the local guys adapt to this format,” he said.
He recognised difficulties in arranging tournaments due to tight cricketing schedule, saying: “But if we [can], then it will help our country’s cricket.”
His team lost to Sylhet Sixers in a last over thriller earlier in the day. Robbie Frylinck hit Al Amin Hossain for two sixes but the Vikings lost the match by five runs. Mushfiqur appreciated the approach of his players.
“It was not an impossible target since we had a batsman in the middle. The first two balls were most important. He (Frylinck) managed to hit two boundaries, but 24 runs in six balls is too much to expect. What we did was enough for making a good fight for our team,” he told the post-match press conference.
Despite their loss, the skipper feels his team is moving on the right track. “Every team want an imperious start to the tournament, every team want to settle their combination in the first match. In that sense, we have had good two matches at the start of BPL. I am rather happy with our performance,” he said.
Mirpur’s wicket was often criticised for its rigors during the BPL. But Mushfiqur insisted it was ‘sporting’ and was pretty well compared to any other day’s wicket.
“You see on the other days one team collapse and another team do well. But today, we saw both the teams scored easily. Despite losing three wickets in six runs, they have (Sylhet Sixers) scored about 170 runs (168). It proved the wicket is better than any other days,” Mushfiqur said.
Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNB) – Three Bangladeshi players—Mashfia Afrin, Suborna Khantun and Mahadi Hasan Alve—advanced to the quarterfinals in Division-2 matches of the ITF Asian Under-14 Development Championships 2019 in the Thai capital Bangkok on Wednesday.
In the girls’ singles, Mashfia Afrin (BAN) beat Karma Yuden Dorji (BHU) 6-0, 6-1 while Suborna Khatun (BAN) beat Isha Shree Shan (NEP) 7-5, 4-6,1-0 (Retired) to reach the event’s quarterfinals while another Bangladeshi Sadia Afrin was eliminated from the event losing to Varbhara Liubchenko (KGZ) 1-6, 1-6.
In the boys’ singles, Mahadi Hasan Alve (BAN) beat Hamid Isral Gul (PAK) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 to qualify for the quarterfinal while Zubaid Utsho (BAN) lost to Amir Ali Ghavam (IRI) 5-7, 3-6 and was eliminated from the event.
Md Roman Hossain (BAN) beat Chirag Timilsina (NEP) 2-4, 5-4, 13-11 in a position deciding match of the boys’ singles.