Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) — Bangladesh are looking to ending the three-match ODI series against New Zealand on a positive note.
Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza on Tuesday said they are keen to earn some confidence in the final match of the series when they face the hosts on February 20 at 4am (Bangladesh time).
Tigers lost the first two matches. Bangladesh failed to execute their plan, especially, in the first 10 overs in both matches when they lost too many wickets.
Mashrafe said they are expecting a relatively batting wicket in Dunedin where they played only one ODI back in 2010 and lost the match by five wickets.
But this time around, Mashrafe is confident of exploiting the batting wicket.
“This is (the wicket of University Oval, Dunedin) very good wicket to bat on. We played a Test match here before. We batted well in that match (137 and 254),” he said.
“I know about New Zealand and England match here. England posted 335, New Zealand chased it down in 49 overs. So we are expecting a very good batting track here and will plan the game accordingly,” he told a pre-match press conference.
“Perhaps this is the last match before picking the World Cup squad. There is nothing much to bring changes to the team. The guys are experienced enough to do well. Things did not go the way we wanted in the last two outings. But still, we have a chance to pick up confidence from the last match before going to Ireland and World Cup,” the captain said.
Bangladesh will miss the service of Mohammad Mithun in the last game as the middle-order batsman has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury which he sustained in the second game of the series. Mithun scored fifties in the first two games.
Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mashud confirmed a scan suggested Mithun needs at least 10-12 days to recover and he might be available in the first Test which is slated to start from February 28.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is also uncertain for the last match. The team manager said: “Mushfiqur is also suffering from a side strain. We are not sure about his participation in the last match. It will be decided after the pre-match warm-up.”
Due to Mithun’s injury, Bangladesh need to make at least one change to the playing XI. Mominul Haque, who is in New Zealand to play the Test series, might be included in ODI. Bangladesh team management might also call Rubel Hossain back in the playing XI.
The right-handed pacer went to New Zealand scalping 22 wickets in 15 matches of Bangladesh Premier League but he was overlooked in the first two matches.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) — Due to a hamstring injury, Mohammad Mithun, the right-handed middle-order batsman of Bangladesh, has been ruled out of third One-day International against New Zealand which is scheduled to be played Wednesday at 4am (Bangladesh time).
In the first two matches of the three-match series, Mithun struck the back-to-back fifties which helped the Tigers to pass 200-runs mark. However, Bangladesh have capitulated to the Kiwi in both of the first two matches by a big margin of eight wickets.
“Mithun had suffered a hamstring injury in the second match of the series and a scan suggested he will not be available in the next match,” Khaled Mashud, the manager of Bangladesh team, told the media.
In the first match of the series, Mithun came to bat at number five after losing four wickets in 50 runs and struck 62 to propel the Tigers to 232. He hit another fifty in the second match coming to the middle after losing four wickets in 81 runs. He finished with 57 off 69 balls.
“It will take at least 10 to 12 days for Mithun to recover from the injury. We hope he will be available to play the first Test,” Mashud further said.
Along with Mithun, there is also a concern regarding the fitness of Mushfiqur Rahim.
The right-handed batsman also has an injury as he is suffering from a side strain.
Bangladesh team manager also said the decision regarding the participation of Mushfiqur in the last match will be taken after the pre-match warm-up.
Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) - Ahead of the third and final ODI against New Zealand in Dunedin on Thursday, Bangladesh’s batting stalwart Tamim Iqbal said he is looking forward to seeing a solid batting display in the first ten overs for their last 50-over outing on the tour.
According to Tamim, a more calculated batting performance at the start of the innings – something that has badly eluded Bangladesh thus far in the series - can lay the foundations for the team’s first win against New Zealand in New Zealand.
“The wicket was very good in the first match, but we failed to have a great start. We knew they have two bowlers who usually do very well in the first ten overs. The bad part was we lost four wickets in the first ten overs,” Tamim said on Monday.
In the first match in Christchurch, Bangladesh lost four wickets in the first 10 overs scoring just 50 runs. Tamim was the first batsman to depart early in the second over. Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarkar also followed him back to the pavilion in quick succession.
“The wicket was fine in the second match as well. But due to the rain and the cloudy weather they got some advantage. However, the wicket was really nice to bat on. If you look at their innings or at ours after 15-20 overs, the wicket was good. We did the same mistake in the second match losing too many wickets at the start of our innings,” the southpaw further said.
In the second match Bangladesh lost both their openers in the first 7 overs. Liton was the first batsman to get dismissed and Tamim followed him. Tamim said they are looking to do something different in the last game.
“Now, if we don’t lose many wickets during the first ten overs in the third ODI, we may put pressure on them in the middle overs. I believe our batsmen are enough capable of playing great cricket. We have made the mistakes in the first two matches, and that is why we lost,” Tamim said.
According to Bangladesh’s most prolific ODI run-getter (as well as Tests and T20I) , since the team has shown it can beat New Zealand in England and Ireland, where conditions tend to be similar to New Zealand, they should be able to do it in New Zealand as well.
The Tigers opener was referring to two famous wins for Bangladesh over the Kiwis in 2017, firstly in a tri-series played in Dublin, Ireland followed by a thrilling win in the Champions Trophy played in England that saw Bangladesh qualify for the semi-finals.
As regards the goal of the Tigers in the third match, Tamim said: “Our main focus will be not to handover the match in the first ten overs. We don’t want to replicate the same mistakes here. We have toured New Zealand 4-5 times but we have not won a match yet. But we have beaten them in England and Ireland, so I don’t see any reason behind our inability in these conditions.”
The final match of the series will take place in Dunedin at 4am (Bangladesh time) on February 20. Right after the three-match ODI series, Bangladesh will lock horn with the hosts in a 3-match Test series from February 28.
Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB)— The preliminary squads of 12-team Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) was finalised through players draft at a hotel in the capital on Monday.
Kazi Inam Ahmed, chairman of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM), announced the player list.
DPDCL, the most prestigious 50-over domestic cricket league, is set to start from March 8. It was originally scheduled to kick off from March 1, but the committee rescheduled it.
Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim will skip the tournament while Shakib Al Hasan will sit it out because of his finger injury.
Before DPDCL, the CCDM will host a T20 league starting from February 25 with the 12 clubs.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd spent Tk 2.21 crore, the most by a club, to form their required squad while Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) spent Tk 3.8 million.
Defending DPDCL champions Abahani Limited drafted the strongest team on paper. They retained Mashrafe Bin Mortaza along with Mosaddek Hossain Saikat and Nazamul Islam Shanto. They also roped in national stars Rubel Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited, the arch-rival of Abahani, bought Mohammad Ashraful and Liton Kumar Das, while current runners-up Legends of Rupganj secured the services of players like Mominul Haque and Shahriar Nafees.
Uttara Sporting Club and BKSP, who have missed out the last season of DPDCL, also drafted team from the players’ draft. Uttara confirmed the service of Sabbir Rahman, Sanjamul Islam and Nazmul Islam Apu in a special draft before today’s one, while BKSP made their team with all the D-category players.
All the teams have the chance to rethink their squads. Every team can make up to eight changes to their squad negotiating with other clubs with a maximum of three changes from one particular club.
List of all squads after the draft
Abahani Limited: Rubel Hossain, Jahurul Islam Omi, Delwar Hossain, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Tipu Sultan, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mosaddik Hossain Saikat, Nazmul Hossain Shanto
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club: Nasir Hossain, Mohammad Elias, Mohammad Shahidul Islam, Imtiaz Hossain Tanna, Taizul Islam, Fardeen Hasan Oney, Mahmudullah Riyad, Anamul Haque, Salauddin Shakil, Rakin Ahmed, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Minhazul Abedin Afridi, Ziaur Rahman, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan , Tanvir Haider Khan, Md. Hassanuzzaman, Mehrab Hossain Joshi
Legends of Rupganj: Mominul Haque, Zakir Ali Anik, Mohammad Sohid, Shahriar Nafees, Nabil Samad, Asif Ahmed Ratul, Azmir Ahmed, Shuvashish Roy Chowdhury, Moktar Ali, Minhazur Rahman Mohanna, Salahuddin Pappu, Naeem Islam, Nayeem Sheikh, Asif Hassan
Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club: Taibur Rahman Parvez, Saif Hasan, Mohammad Saikat Ali, Md. Mahmudul Hasan Limon, Abu Jayed Rahi, Mohammad Jashimuddin, Arafat Sunny (Jr), Farhad Reza, Marshal Ayub, Arafat Sunny, Enamul Haque (Jr.), Farhad Hossain
Khelaghar Samaj Kallayan Samity: Rabiul Haque, Mainul Islam Sohel, Amit Majumder, Mohammad Masum Khan, Rafsan Al Mahmud, Rabiul Islam Robi, Mahidul Islam Bhuyain Ankon, Tanvir Islam, Abdul Halim, Nazim Uddin
Gazi Group Cricketers: Rony Talukder, Shamsur Rahman Shuvo, Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Md. Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Shamsul Islam Anik, Mehadi Hasan Rana, S.K. Waliul Karim Rony, Imrul Kayes, Mehidi Hasan, Abu Haider Rony, Mayshukur Rahman, Raihan Uddin, Tasamul Hoque Rubel
Mohammedan Sporting Club: Abdul Majid, Shafiul Islam, Nihad Uz Zaman, Nadif Chowdhury, Sohag Gazi, Avishek Mitra, Liton Das, Ala Uddin Babu, Md. Ashraful, Rahatul Ferdous, Mohammad Azim, Mohammad Nuruzzaman, Rakibul Hasan, Kazi Anik Islam, Irfan Shukkur
Prime Bank Cricket Club: Anamul Haque Bijoy, Alok Kapali, Abdur Razzak, Nahidul Islam, Mohor Shekh Antor, Al Amin Hossain, Monir Hossain, Salman Hossain Emon, Nayeem Hasan, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Nur Alam Saddam, Imran Ali, Ariful Haque, Zakir Hasan ,Md. Al Amin (Jr.)
Shinepukur Cricket Club: Soumya Sarkar, Sohrawordi Shuvo, Dhiman Ghosh, Shariful Islam, Mohammad Rakib, Sabbir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Sadman Islam Anik, Shuvagata Hom, Afif Hossain, Towhid Hriday
Brothers Union: Fazle Rabbi Mahmud, Mohammad Sharifullah, Nayeem Islam (Jr.), Ebadot Hossain, Hamidul Islam Himel, Ashiquzzaman Ashique, Habibur Rahman Johnny, Zunaed Siddique, Mizanur Rahman, Yasir Ali Chowdhury
Uttara Sporting Club: Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Minhaz Khan Rifat, Shakir Hossain Shuvro, Sajjad Hossain, Jahangir Alam, Sheikh Humayun, Mohaiminul Khan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Sabbir Rahman, Sanjamul Islam
BKSP: Mahmudul Hassan Joy, Mukidul Islam, Shumon Khan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Ratul Khan, Abdul Kaium, Hasan Murad, Naushad Iqbal, Shamim Hossain Patwari, Akbar Ali, Parvez Hossain
Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – The T20 version of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) will begin on February 25, announced Chairman of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis Kazi Inam on Monday.
While most of the other Test-playing nations have more than one T20 domestic league, Bangladesh only has the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Now, the local players found another place to flourish their T20 prowess in the DPDCL T20.
“We are going to host a T20 tournament. All of 12 Dhaka Premier League’s teams will participate in this short tournament of eight days. It’ll start on February 25 and the semifinals and final will be held on March 1 and 3 respectively,” Kazi Inam said.
The participating 12 teams will be divided into four groups. Every top team from each group will advance to the semifinals. The two semifinals and the final will be held at Shere-e-Bangla National Stadium under lights. However, the schedule of the tournament is yet to be announced.
This T20 tournament is considered as a preparatory event of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). If it can produce some quality matches and some good T20 performances, it might continue in the future.