Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB) — Abahani Limited, the defending champions of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL), hope to continue their winning streak ahead of their fifth round clash.
“We are the strongest team in the league. We definitely have a chance to win the title again without losing any match,” Abahani head coach Khaled Mahmud told reporters at Mirpur National Cricket Academy on Thursday.
“I don’t think I have worked with such a strong team previously in Dhaka League,” he said.
Abahani will play against Prime Bank Cricket Club on Friday at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah. The champions are getting the services of some national team players who have returned from New Zealand.
But Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who got married on Thursday, will miss the next game.
“We need to wait more for Mehiday. But we have a balanced team,” Mahmud said. “Sometimes, we face difficulties to pick the best eleven because we have the best guys in the business. We hope the next game will be more competitive.”
Jahurul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Mohammad Saifuddin played for Abahani in the first four rounds of the league. They have accumulated 180, 169 and 118 runs respectively. Nazmul Islam and Rubel Hossain did well with the ball with both taking six wickets each.
All-rounder Saifuddin is uncertain for the next game as he is suffering from an injury. But the coach is confident to get the service of the fast-bowling all-rounder.
Prime Bank Cricket Club have been doing well in the league so far. They won three of their first four matches and their captain Anamul Haque Bijoy struck two centuries in the league so far.
There will be two other matches on Friday.
Mohammedan Sporting Club will lock horns with Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at Savar, and Legends of Rupganj will face Gazi Group Cricketers at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Mohammedan are at number four in the points table while Sheikh Jamal are at number 10. Rupganj and Gazi Group are at number five and seven respectively.
Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB) - The hearts of many young female fans of Tigers might have broken as Bangladeshi all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz tied the knot on Thursday.
The 21-year-old married Rabeya Akter Prity, a resident of Khulna. The marriage took place at the bride’s house in Khalishpur in the afternoon, Mehidy’s father-in-law Belal Hossain told UNB.
Mehidy had told the media that he wanted to marry Prity earlier but it took time to fix the date because of the busy international cricket schedule.
Meanwhile, Mustafizur Rahman, the left-arm pacer who caught the world’s attention at his debut, is all set to marry his cousin on Friday at his village home in Satkhira.
The bride, Samia Parvin Shimu, is a first-year student at Dhaka University. She also hails from Satkhira.
The family of 23-year-old Mustafizur has kept mum but Shimu’s father Raunakul Islam said only family members will attend the marriage. He declined to share any details about the time and place.
Both Mehidy and Mustafizur said their marriage ceremonies will take place after the World Cup, set to begin on May 30.
Mehidy started playing for the Tigers in 2016. He scored 554 runs in 36 innings of 19 Tests with an average of 18.46. His highest individual score is 68 (not out). He played 25 ODIs and scored 291 runs in 16 innings.
He has done well with the ball, taking 86 wickets in 34 Test innings with his best bowling in a match being 12/117. In ODIs, he scalped 26 wickets in 24 matches. His best performance was 4/29.
On the other hand, Mustafizur, the southpaw from Satkhira, started playing for the Tigers in 2015.
He took 28 wickets in 13 Tests with a best match figure of 5/66. He has done well in ODIs, taking 77 wickets in 43 matches. His best performance was 6/43.
Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) — Brothers Union beat Uttara Sporting Club by eight wickets in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) on Wednesday at Savar by gliding through Mizanur Rahman’s ton and Junaid Siddique’s 92.
After winning the toss Uttara, decided to bat first and posted 264 for eight wickets in 50 overs. Brothers replied strongly as Mizanur and Junaid posted 161 runs in the opening stand and reached the target in 48.2 overs (267/2) with eight wickets in hand.
In the first innings of the match, Tanzid Hasan (75), Anisul Islam Emon (58) and Mohimenul Khan (64) hit the fifties for Uttara. Along with them, Jony Talukdar (23) and Reza Ali Dar (19) also contributed in the team total.
For Brothers, Chirag Jani and Sharifullah bagged two wickets each while Mohammad Sharif took one.
In reply, Mizanur (108) and Junaid (92) set a solid foundation for Brothers while Fazle Rabbi hit 57 to ensure the win by eight wickets.
It was Brothers’ second win of the season after four rounds of play while in as many matches while Uttara suffered third loss.
In the other match of the day Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity beat Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) by 27 runs in Fatullah.
Khelaghar, who won the toss and batted first, posted a total of 212 for eight wickets in 50 overs. In reply, BKSP tumbled for 185/9 in 50 overs and lost the game by 27 runs.
For Khelghar, Robiul Islam Robi (75), Mahidul Islam Ankon (49) were the best scorers.
On the other hand, Hasan Murad took three wickets for BKSP while Shamim Hossain bagged two.
In reply, BKSP failed to impress while chasing a moderate target of 213. They were wrapped in for 185/9. Shamim was the only man to offer some resistance for BKSP as he struck 56.
For Khelaghar, Robiul Haque, Robiul Islam Robi, Ifran Hossain and Masum Khan took two wickets each while Tanvir Islam scalped one. Eventually, Khelaghar won the game by 27 runs.
It was Khelaghar’s first win of the season in four rounds while BKSP experienced their third loss.
After the fourth round of the league, Khelaghar are at number eight on the points while BKSP are at number nine.
Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) —Bangladesh Test captain Shakib Al Hasan is now fully fit to take part in competitive cricket again, said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director Akram Khan.
Shakib had been suffering from a finger injury that he sustained during the final of the last season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on February 8. He played the last BPL for Dhaka Dynamites who fought against Comilla Victorians in the final.
“The physicians had said that Shakib would not be available till March 20. He is now fit to play. He has already started training for the last seven days. I think he will participate in the new season of Indian Premier League (IPL) from the beginning,” Akram told the reporters on Wednesday.
Shakib already got the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in the IPL. He played the last season of the most popular T20 league in the world for Sunrisers Hyderabad, and he is set to continue for them this year too.
BCB is concerned about the fitness of Shakib in spite of allowing him to take part in IPL. Akram said: “Shakib is very important for Bangladesh national team set-up. We hope he won’t sustain any further injury during his stint for his IPL team.”
Akram also said BCB has no plan bring Shakib back midway of IPL. He told the reporters: “We did not think anything like it. We will discuss him before his departure. I think he understands better than anyone about himself. I hope he will not take risks as the World Cup is not too far.”
The IPL will begin on March 23 with the battle of Chennai Kings and Royal Challengers Bengaluru. On the other hand, Hyderabad will play their first match on against Kolkata Knight Riders on March 24.
Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) - Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club recorded their third win in the fourth round of ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium beating Gazi Group Cricketers by six wickets.
All-rounder Farhad Reza registered a five-wicket haul and Saif Hassan struck a ton to help them to outplay Gazi. Prime Doleshwar captain Farhad awarded man of the match for his outstanding effort both with the ball and bat.
Prime Doleshwar won the toss and opted to bowl first. Gazi posted 230 all-out in 49.1 overs. Prime Doleshwar chased the target in 45.5 overs with six wickets in hand scoring 231/4.
Gazi Group lost both of their openers just in 22 runs, and disappointed to turn around while batting first in the match.
Farhad, the right-handed all-rounder, scalped both of the first two wickets of Gazi as Mehedi Hasan fell for one while the other opener- Myshukur Rahman- managed only 12 before the removal. He also took the third wicket when Imrul Kayes, left-handed batsman of Gazi, failed once again to impress and fell for 14 which his first double-digit score in the ongoing league.
Rony Talukdar, the former national batsman, scored 17 before falling prey to Arafat Sunny.
Crawling at 49 for four, Gazi got their best partnership in the match when Shamsur Rahman and Parvez Rasool added 104 runs in the fifth wicket stand. Rasool struck his second successive fifty (67) in the league while Shamsur posted 45 on the board.
Abu Hider, Nasum Ahmed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi also contributed with the bat in the tail by hitting hit 29, 19 and 11 respectively.
Farhad was the best bowler for Prime Doleshwar as he took five wickets conceding 40 runs while Shykat Ali scalped three wickets, and Arafat Sunny bagged two.
While replying, Prime Doleshwar managed a moderate total of 16 in the opening stand as Shykat Ali fell as the first batsman just for nine.
However, Saif Hassan was impressive with the bat as he recorded 102 off 124 with four fours and six sixes to his name. It was Saif’s third ton in List-A career.
Losing four wickets, Gazi reached to 189. Along with Saif, Farhad Hossain (19), Marshall Ayub (32), Saad Nasim (35*) and Farhad Reza (21*) also contributed with the bat in hand, and thus, Prime Doleshwar have ensured their third win of the season.
With this defeat, Gazi Group suffered their second loss of the season. Depending on the latest win, Doleshwar ended the fourth round of the league at number three on the points table. On the other hand, Gazi are at number seven with two wins and as many as losses in four rounds of the league.