Dhaka, Feb 24 (UNB) - Bangladesh middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman on Sunday said he plays for the Tigers thinking every match as his last match. The right-handed batsman struck a century recently against New Zealand in their home which might favour him to be selected for the Tigers’ World Cup squad.
Sabbir returned home after hitting hundred in the final ODI against New Zealand, and he is now preparing himself for the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) for Abahani Limited. Sabbir was roped in by Uttara Sporting Club, but they have exchanged him with Abahani.
The 27-year-old batsman missed the last season of DPDCL as he was banned by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) due to his off-field behaviour.
“I hit a century in the last match against New Zealand which will help me stay confident in the coming days,” Sabbir said on Sunday while talking to reporters at the Mirpur academy ground.
“I always play with a lot of pressure on me. Perhaps this is my fortune. I always count every match as my last match. It helps me play by giving my best,” Sabbir further said.
Sabbir celebrated his first international century in a stylish way. But that created criticism in the cricketing arena. But the right-handed explosive batsman said he had nothing in mind while celebrating the first ton.
“There is no rule to celebrate in a single way. Everyone has their own celebrating style. I also have my own way to celebrate. It will be good if you don’t take personally,” Sabbir also told the reporters.
Dhaka, Feb 24 (UNB) — Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday announced Walton as the title sponsor of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) T20 which is set to commence from Monday.
CEO of BCB Nizam Uddin Chowdhury announced the name of Walton as the title sponsor of Bangladesh’s most prestigious domestic cricket league’s T20 version.
A total of 12 teams will participate in the T20 league dividing into four groups. Every team will get two matches in the group stage of the league. After that, the top one will advance to the semi-finals.
The chairman of Cricket Committee of Dhaka (CCDM) Kazi Inam Ahmed has said that the two semi-finals and the final will be telecasted live on Gazi TV.
“We are glad to announce that the semi-finals and the final of the tournament will be telecasted on Gazi TV. They might telecast the Super League stage of 50-overs format as well,” Kazi Inam said.
Arman Ashraf, the director of Gazi TV, said “It is a challenging task to telecast a domestic cricket tournament because of it’s low value to the market and there are not many viewers of this league. Despite these difficulties, we have taken the challenge. We will telecast two semi-finals and the final of the T20 league depending on the arrangement of ourselves.”
The semi-finals are scheduled to be played on March 1 while the final will take the field on March 3 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Dhaka, Feb 24 (UNB) – The eight-team 10th Women’s National Cricket League 2018-19 begins on Monday (Feb 25) at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium (SKICS) in Cox’s Bazar.
Dhaka Division will play Sylhet Division at SKICS-1 while Khulna Division will encounter Rahshahi Division at SKICS-2 in two opening day’s fixture.
On the following day (Tuesday), Barishal Division will meet Mymensingh Division at SKICS-1 while Chattogram Division will face Rangpur Division at SKICS-2.
Eight Divisional teams—Sylhet, Rajshahi, Khulna, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chattogram, Rangpur and Barishal—are taking part on a 50 over-a-side league basis matches, will begin at 9 am.
Dhaka, Feb 24 (UNB) - The lone two-day practice match of Bangladesh against New Zealand XI ahead of Test series ended in a draw due to rain at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln on Sunday.
On the second day, New Zealand XI scored 57 runs in 12 overs for two wickets. Right after that, the persistent rain forced to end the match with a draw.
New Zealand XI lost their first wicket with just one run on the board. However, Andrew Fletcher scored 43 off 32 deliveries and Bharat Popil remained not-out for 12.
Mustafizur Rahman and Ebadat Hossain took one wicket each for the Tigers.
Earlier in the first innings, Bangladesh accumulated 411 for six wickets in 96.1 overs.
Shadman Islam, the left-handed opener of the Tigers, hit 67 for the team which has remained as the highest individual score for the team.
Along with Shadman, Liton Das (62), Mahmudullah Riayd (59) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (52) also struck the half-centuries for Bangladesh.
The first Test of three-match series will take the field on Feb 28 at Hamilton while the remaining matches will be played on March 8 and 16 at Wellington and Christchurch respectively.
Dhaka, Feb 23 (UNB) — Former captain of Bangladesh National Cricket Team Mohammad Ashraful has expressed his desire to flourish his capacity for Mohammedan Sporting Club in the upcoming Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League T20.
Ashraful came up with the comment at Mirpur Academy ground on Saturday saying, “It’s good for me to get back to play for Mohammedan. I have played for them in two seasons previously. Every cricketer dreams to play for teams like Mohammedan and Abahani. Mohammedan won the title of Dhaka League when I last played for them.”
The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) was disappointed for him, Ashraful said adding: “I was dropped from matches after scoring 22 runs in the second game which made me frustrated. I would have done better if I got more chances. Anyways… the new T20 league is a great chance for me to get prepared for the 50-overs format.”
In the last season, although Ashraful hit record five centuries for Kalabagan Krira Chakra, his team failed to avoid the relegation league. Ashraful was criticized for his slow batting while playing for Kalabagan.
However, Ashraful scored 665 runs in an average of 66.50, but his strike-rate was under 80.
“I don’t think that (I have played slowly). It was the demand of the situation. I have scored 127 off 123 balls against Mohammedan. In most of the matches, we have lost early wickets, and that’s why I needed to bat keeping the situation in mind,” Ashraful backed himself saying it.
The right-handed top-order batsman further said he is confident enough to make a positive impact for his team in the upcoming season of Dhaka League.
“I was not enough fit during the last season of Dhaka League… but this time I am better prepared and hopeful of doing something better,” he told the reporters.
The former captain of Bangladesh have played a total of 252 List-A matches and scored 5576 runs in an average of 25.57.
Ashraful returned to T20 format with the sixth season of BPL after his ban was lifted, but failed to impress expectorates as he could manage to make a total of 25 runs in three matches for the Vikings.