Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB)— The 12-team Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League is set to begin on March 8.
Three matches will take place on the opening day at different venues in the capital and adjoining areas.
On the opening day (Friday), Holders Dhaka Abahani Limited will play against Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will face Uttara Sporting Club at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah while Legends of Rupganj will encounter Brothers Union Club at BKSP ground-3 in Savar.
On Saturday, Prime Doleshwar SC will take on Shinepukur Cricket Club in Fatullah, Prime Bank Cricket Club will face Khelaghar SKS in Mirpur while Gazi Group Cricketers will play Dhaka Mohammedan SC in Savar in the other first round matches.
The second round matches will begin on March 11. The third round matches are scheduled to begin from March 14.
Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB)— Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been named as the brand ambassador of Pran Drinking Water for the third time.
He will perform in promotional activities for the next one year.
Mashrafe and Pran Beverage Limited Executive Director Anisur Rahman signed a deal in Mirpur on Saturday.
“Pran Drinking Water is now one of the most popular brands. I thank Pran Drinking Water for making me its brand ambassador for the third time,” Mashrafe said.
Anisur said they were proud to have Mashrafe on their side.
Atikur Rahman, head of marketing, and Mahbubur Rahman, brand manager of Pran Beverage Limited were also present at the signing ceremony.
Dhaka, Mar 4 (UNB) - Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club clinched the title of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) T20 on Monday beating Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club by 24 runs in the final at Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Sheikh Jamal posted 157/7 while batting first in the match with the help of Imtiaz Hossian’s 56 off 44 balls. Prime Doleshwar tumbled for 133/8 in 20 overs and lost the match by 24 runs. Imtiaz won the man of the match award for his fifty.
Shahidul Islam bagged four wickets for Jamal conceding 19 runs in four overs while Salahuddin Sakil took two wickets to ensure the title for their team.
Prime Doleshwar started chasing the target posting 62 runs in the first wicket stand. Saif Hassan (26) and Mohammad Arafat (33) managed that in the opening stand but they were too slow to respond to the situation.
In a span of 10 runs, Prime Doleshwar lost three wickets. They lost two more wickets before reaching the 100-run mark.
Saif scored 26 while Arafat struck 33, and along with them Farhad Reza smashed 45 off 20 deliveries with two fours and five sixes to his name.
Eventually, Prime Doleshwar’s innings came to the end scoring 133/8 in 20 overs.
Earlier, Sheikh Jamal won the toss and opted to bat first. They accumulated 157 runs with the help of Imtiaz Hossain (56), captain Nurul Hasan Sohan (33) and Tanbir Hyder (31).
In the opening stand, Fardeen Hasan and Imtiaz posted 62 runs in 7.5 overs. Fardeen was the first man to get dismissed. He scored 18 for 20 deliveries. In quick succession, they lost two more wickets.
But Hasanuzzaman and Nasir Hossain failed to capitalise on that ideal start as they tumbled for 4 and 5 respectively. Sheikh Jamal disappointed to continue their start during the middle overs of the innings.
Ziaur Rahman, who helped Sheikh Jamal to reach the final scoring 72 off 29 in the semifinal, failed as he contributed two only. However, in the sixth wicket stand, Nurul Hasan and Tanbir Hyder collected 49 runs in 4.3 overs which accelerated Jamal to a moderate total of 157 for seven wickets.
Farhad Reza, the veteran all-rounder, scalped three wickets conceding 32 runs in four overs while Arafat Sunny, Enamul Haque Jnr, Manik Khan, Shykat Ali took one wicket each.
Farhad Reza was adjudged man of the series for his all-round performance.
Dhaka, Mar 4 (UNB) - Bangladesh pace bowler Rubel Hossain on Monday said the New Zealand ODI series that Bangladesh lost 0-3 will help the Tigers in the upcoming World Cup which is scheduled to commence on May 30 next.
Rubel was part of the Bangladesh ODI squad during the three-match series in New Zealand. However, he was sidelined in all of the matches due to the right combination according to the team management. The move of keeping Rubel out of the playing XI in all three matches created criticism among the spectators.
“We lost the series in New Zealand. But it was a big opportunity for us to learn many things. The condition has a similarity with that in England. So, I think the experiences of playing in New Zealand will help us do better in the World Cup,” Rubel on Monday told reporters at Mirpur Academy.
During the ODI series, Bangladeshi batsmen were clueless against the quality pace-attack of the hosts. Bangladesh lost the first two matches by eight wickets while in the last match, they were capitulated by 88 runs.
“It was tough to adapt to the condition of New Zealand as there was too much wind. Our batsmen also struggled to show their natural game. If we could have adapted to the condition faster, the results of ODI series might have been different,” the right-arm pacer further said.
Rubel is now busy with getting prepared for the 50-over format of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL). He will represent the defending champions of tournament Abahani Limited.
As regards his goal in the tournament, Rubel said: “I’m gearing up for the 50-over leg of Dhaka League. I want to finish the tournament as one of the best bowlers. I will be trying to play according to the team plan.”
Rubel believes the 50-over leg of Dhaka League will help him prepare for the World Cup this year.
Rubel has played 26 Tests, 96 ODIs and 27 T20Is for the Tigers. He has scalped 33, 122 and 28 wickets respectively in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. With 122 scalps in ODIs, Rubel is the fourth highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the 50-over format of international cricket.
Dhaka, Mar 4 (UNB) – By dint of their centuries in the just-concluded Hamilton Test, three Bangladeshi batsmen -- Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad and Soumya Sarkar -- have moved up in the latest ICC Test Rankings.
Bangladesh lost the first Test by an innings and 52 runs. Despite the loss, Tamim, Mahmudullah and Soumya headlined with their respective tons. While Tamim (126) struck the three-digit innings in the first innings, Mahmudullah (146) and Soumy (149) hit centuries in the second innings.
With 126 and 74 in two successive innings, Tamim stepped up 11 places to secure his name at number 25 in the list of best Test batsmen and he also achieved 626 rating points. And thus, he has surpassed Shakib Al Hasan to become the best Test batsman of the country. Prior to the first Test of the ongoing series, Tamim was at 36.
Mahmudullah jumped to the position of 40 from 52 with his career-best knock of 146. Soumya, the left-hander, also recorded his best innings of career accumulating 149 in the second innings of the first Test to see his name at number 67 from 92.
On the other hand, Kane Williamson, the Kiwi captain, acquired career-best rating point of 915 with his unbeaten knock of 200 in the only innings of New Zealand in Hamilton.
Along with them, Tom Latham (11 from 12), Jeet Raval (33 from 38), Colin de Grandhomme (60 to 66) saw improvement in the latest ICC Rankings.