Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB) - Former Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim will lead Chittagong Vikings in the upcoming 6th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Cricket beginning on Saturday (Jan 5) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
Chairman of the BPL franchise Chittagong Vikings Abdul Wahed announced the decision at a ceremony here on Tuesday.
Being one of the most popular franchises in BPL cricket, Chittagong Vikings are yet to lift a trophy and they are hopeful to do it in this season.
Addressing the ceremony, Wahed said, “We have a wonderful team this year with the experience campaigners like Mushfiqur, Ronchi, Sikandar Raza, Delport and many more. We’re delighted to have Mushfiqur as our captain and we hope that this season is going to be a blast for us.”
Chittagong Vikings will face defending champions Rangpur Riders in the BPL opener on Saturday.
Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB) – Bangladesh and former champions Sri Lanka will have to play in the group stage of the ICC World T20 scheduled for Australia in 2020 as both the teams failed to manage top eight positions in the ICC Men’s T20 World Ranking within the deadline of December 31, 2018.
According to qualification criteria set for the ensuing World T20, the top eight teams make it straight to the Super-12 stage while the remaining two teams will play in the group stage along with six other teams who will make it through from the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers in 2019. Four teams from the group stage will advance to the Super-12.
Top eight teams of the ICC T20 World Ranking till December 2018 -- Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies and Afghanistan -- will directly play in the 12-team final round while ICC ranked 9th Sri and ranked 10th Bangladesh will have to play in the eight-team group stage to be held from 18 October to 15 November 2020 to book the remaining four seats for the final round.
In an immediate reaction, Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga was disappointed at 2014 champions not making it to the Super-12 but was confident of the team doing well in the tournament while Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan indicated that recent performances had given them belief and they would prepare well for the challenge.
Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga said, “It’s a bit disappointing that we have not been able to ensure a direct Super-12 berth but I’m confident that we will do well in the tournament.
“Having played three finals and winning once, it is natural that everyone expected us to finish in the top-eight but we have to take the opportunity in the extra matches of the group stage and prepare well for the knock-out matches.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said, “We haven’t secured a direct Super-12 berth but I’m confident that we will do well in the tournament by going through the group stage.”
“We are a side capable of beating the best on our day and I see no reason why we can’t go far in the tournament. There’s still some time and we will use it to be at our best for the T20 World Cup,” he said.
“We won a T20 series against the West Indies, the world champions, in their backward not so long ago. That performance has given us a lot of belief in our Twenty20 capabilities,” Shakib added.
Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB) — National cricketer Sabbir Rahman, serving a six-month international ban, says he is taking the next edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) very seriously.
“This year’s BPL is important for me,” the right-handed top-order batsman said on Tuesday. “I will try to play my natural game and hope that it will help me get back to the national side.”
BPL will start from January 5 at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Sabbir will play for Sylhet Sixers, which finished at the bottom in the last edition of the tournament. He said he hoped they would overcome the odds this time.
“We made a good start in the last BPL but failed to maintain the momentum. We hope to do something better this time,” he told reporters during the team’s practice at National Cricket Academy.
He said the team’s top and middle-order batsmen were capable of delivering good results. “It (the results) depends on how we execute our plan in the field,” Sabbir added.
His six-month ban started from last September for breaching players’ code of conduct. Sabbir will be available for the national side from February.
“The national team’s door is open for all,” he said.
Sabbir drew criticism for humiliating two fans on social media and had breached the players’ code on several occasions last year. He promised not to repeat his mistakes.
“Last year was unlucky for me. I have promised to make the new year a memorable one. I am looking forward to playing good cricket,” the 27-year-old said.
Sabbir failed to impress in the three BCL matches he played in 2018. Before that, he scored only 188 runs in six National Cricket League matches.
Wellington, Jan 1 (AP/UNB) — Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson took six wickets for seven runs during a match on Tuesday in New Zealand's domestic Super Smash competition. It was the third-best bowling figure in the history of Twenty20 cricket.
The 24-year-old right-armed bowler achieved the best-ever figures by a New Zealander in a T20 match while playing for Canterbury province against Auckland, which still managed to score 110.
Only Malaysia-born left-arm spinner Arul Suppiah, who took 6-5 for Somerset in 2011, and Pakistan's Shakib Al Hasan, who took 6-6 for the Barbados Tridents in 2013, have had better returns. Jamieson's victims included England import James Vince and New Zealand players Mark Chapman and Will Somerville.
The previous best by a New Zealander was Ish Sodhi's 6-11 for Adelaide in Australia's Big Bash League.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) — Rumana Ahmed, the Bangladeshi star women cricketer, has been selected for the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year.
Rumana is the first Bangladeshi women to earn this honour. The ICC announced the team on Monday which is led by India’s Harmanpreet Kaur.
Rumana had the tremendous year of 2018 when she scalped 30 wickets in 24 matches, including four wickets in four matches in the ICC Women’s World T20 2018. In the process, she became the second most successful T20I bowler in women’s cricket.
The right-arm leg-spinner also impressed in the Women Asia Cup 2018. She scalped 10 wickets in the tournament and helped Bangladesh to win their first-ever multinational event in international cricket.
“It is really a big achievement for me to cheer about,” Rumana said UNB while relishing her new glory. “But I would have been happier if some more players of Bangladesh women team had been selected in the ICC squad. Nahida did well throughout the year. She deserved a chance.”
The ICC T20I squad of the year included four players from Australia, three players from India, two from New Zeland and one each from England and Bangladesh.
ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year: SmritiMandhana (India), Alyssa Healy (Australia), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), HarmanpreetKaur (India) (captain), Natalie Sciver (England), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Megan Schutt (Australia), Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh), PoonamYadav (India)