Dhaka, Dec 28 (UNB) - Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) team Khulna Titans have inked deals with Irish cricketer Paul Stirling and South African cricketer David Wiese for the upcoming edition of BPL which is scheduled begin on January 5 next.
The Titans had signed with West Indian left-arm pacer Sherfane Rutherford, but he failed to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the respective board. And this is why they brought in Paul Stirling as his replacement.
David Wiese, the Protea all-rounder, earned the call as the ninth overseas recruit of the Titans.
Minhaz Uddin Khan, the media and commercial manager of Khulna Titans, confirmed the inclusion of these two newbies to BPL. He said: “Since Sherfane Rutherford failed to obtain a NOC, we were in a dire need to find a replacement. We think Paul is a great addition to the Titans squad. And we hope David is also capable of bringing some good results for us.”
Paul Stirling is the second Irish player after Niall O'Brien to feature in the most prestigious domestic cricket of Bangladesh.
Paul has played 174 T20 matches across the leagues and scored 4196 runs with taking 62 wickets. He also represented Ireland in 52 T20 Internationals and scored 1181 runs with taking 15 wickets.
On the other hand, David Wiese played 180 T20 and scored 1503 runs and took 144 scalps. He recorded four five-fors in T20s. He has the vast experience of playing in several T20 leagues across the globe. David featured in a T20 International for the last time back in 2016 for South Africa against Sri Lanka. Since then he has been playing in England for Sussex under a Kolpak contract.
Khulna Titans squad: Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Carlos Brathwaite, Dawid Malan, Jahurul Islam, Shariful Islam, Taijul Islam, Al-Amin, Zahir Khan, Subashis Roy, Junaid Siddique, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Tanvir Islam, Lasith Malinga, Yasir Shah, Brendan Taylor, Paul Stirling and David Wiese.
Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB) — Rajshahi Kings added Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez to their side for the upcoming edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) scheduled to kick off from January 5 next year.
“Yes, we have signed him for the next season,” Mostakim Hossain, media manager of the Kings, told UNB.
“He will play five matches from the beginning of the tournament and then, he might join the Pakistan team for their series against South Africa,” he added.
Hafeez was scheduled to play for Comilla Victorians in the last BPL but skipped the tournament to correct his bowling action.
The Pakistani all-rounder has played 252 T20 matches and scored 5,317 runs with two centuries and 30 fifties.
Hafeez’s inclusion will boost the confidence of the Kings who had to rely on young local players in the last BPL. They finished sixth among seven teams.
Rajshahi Kings full squad: Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Zakir Hasan, Qais Ahmad, Christiaan Jonker, Soumya Sarkar, Fazle Mahmud, Arafat Sunny, Alauddin Babu, Isuru Udana, Laurie Evans, Marshall Ayub, Kamrul Islam, Ryan ten Doeschate, Seekkuge Prasanna, Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Hafeez.
Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB) – Changing its earlier stance, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has now decided to allow former Australian captain Steve Smith, who is currently facing a one-year suspension for his involvement in ball-tampering scandal in March last, to play in the ensuing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Cricket beginning on January 5 next.
Smith had earlier inked deal with former BPL champions Comilla Victorians who roped in him outside the player draft. The other franchises of the contest raised objection to Smith’s inclusion, saying it was a violation of BPL by-laws.
Following the objection, BCB had decided not to allow Smith to play for Victorians in the upcoming edition of country’s most prestigious T20 tournament. But BCB has changed its stance just after a week.
BCB has sent a letter to all participating franchises informing Smith’s availability in the BPL, said a source wishing anonymity.
“We’ve received a letter from BCB saying Smith will be available to play for Comilla. Smith will be a replacement for Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne,” the source has confirmed.
Jalal Younus, the chairman of BCB media committee and BPL governing council member, has also confirmed the development.
“We had allowed Smith to play in the BPL earlier, but some franchises opposed the decision because Smith was not in the player draft and as per the rule, no team can replace anyone of their team with a player who is not in the list of the player draft.
“But for the greater interest of the tournament, they’ve withdrawn the objection and we’ve changed our stance allowing Smith in the BPL,” Jalal Younus told UNB.
“Now, any team can replace one of their current players with someone who is not in the list of the player draft. We’ve taken this decision for adding more glamour in the contest,” Jalal Younus further said.
Steve Smith last featured in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for Barbados Tridents where he played seven matches and scored 185 runs at an average of 26.42 with a fifty to his name. BPL will be Smith’s second biggest tournament after CPL during his suspension. The top-order batsman will be eligible to back to international cricket in next March.
Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB) – Prime Bank South Zone clinched the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) first class title for the fourth time on Thursday, crushing BCB North Zone by nine wickets.
They achieved the feat on the final day of the last round match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
It was South Zone’s second consecutive crown. The side won the BCL title in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons.
After the six-round league, Prime Bank South Zone secured 31.88 points with two wins to be the champions. Islami Bank East Zone collected 29.14 points with one win to finish as runners-up. Walton Central Zone, which dominated the league till the 5th round, ended up in the 3rd place with one win and 23.27 points.
BCB North Zone finished at bottom with 18.61 points.
Veteran left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak struck the decisive blows in South Zone's last round match, grabbing 12 wickets for 144 runs. He was adjudged player-of-the-match.
Razzak took seven wickets in North Zone's first innings, restricting them to 293 runs in 83.4 overs. Ariful Haque missed a century by two runs. In his 151-ball innings, he hit six fours and three sixes.
He added 135 runs for the 7th wicket stand with Ziaur Rahman, who scored 69 off 103 balls with seven fours and two sixes.
In reply, South Zone came to the match strongly scoring 541 in 125.3 overs, thanks to two centuries by national opener Anamul Haque Bijoy and Al-Amin.
The pair added 176 for the 4th wicket partnership before Al-Amin retired hurt at 110 runs. He hammered 128 off 161 balls with 12 fours and three sixes. Anamul played an entertaining innings of 180 runs off 314 balls, hitting 16 boundaries.
Sunzamul Islam bowled superbly to claim six wickets for 158 runs.
Trailing by 248 runs, North Zone resumed the 2nd innings on Thursday morning and were bowled out for 280 in 82.2 overs giving a small winning target of 33 runs for the South Zone. Razzak took 5 wickets for 75 in 32.2 overs.
Anamul and Fazle completed the very short fourth-innings chase of 33 for South Zone scoring 35 for 1 in 7.1 overs.
On Wednesday, Islami Bank East Zone made a good finish in the 6th and final round of the 7th BCL. They beat league leader Walton Central Zone by 321 runs on the 3rd day at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
The match featured two centuries by captain Mominul Haque and Yasir Ali and a superb eight-wicket haul by teenage national spinner Naeem Hasan of East Zone.
Yasir Ali made 101 runs off 109 balls with 10 fours and two sixes. Mominul hammered exactly 100 off 106 balls hitting nine fours and one six.
Naeem, the 18-year-old right-arm off-break bowler from Chattogram, grabbed his career best eight wickets for 47 runs in 20 overs with nine maidens. He registered another eight-wicket haul in the last edition of National Cricket League for 106 runs.
New Zealand, Dec 27 (AP/UNB) — Trent Boult broke a personal wicket drought in spectacular fashion Wednesday, taking six wickets for four runs in the space of 15 balls as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 104 on the second day of the second cricket test.
Boult, who has 224 wickets in 58 tests, began the day with 0-20 in Sri Lanka's first innings after also struggling for form in the first test at Wellington where he took 2-145.
Suddenly the dry spell of wickets turned into a flood and Boult went from 0-26 to 6-30 — his best bowling figures, narrowly missing a hat trick.
After resuming at 88-4 in reply to New Zealand's 178, Sri Lanka was all out for 104 in the space of nine overs, giving New Zealand a 74-run lead. By lunch New Zealand was 36-0 — an overall lead of 100 — with Jeet Raval 23 and Tom Latham 11.
Boult said he felt some frustration when the wickets weren't coming, though he felt he was bowling well.
"I think a little bit can creep if you let it," he told Sky Sports. "It's been a tough time.
"In the UAE it's tough conditions for a seam bowler and you come here and you almost expect it to happen. We know what works well here and we kept it in good areas."
Boult's first two wickets were caught by his new ball partner Tim Southee in the slips and his next four fell lbw, three within the space of four balls. England umpire Michael Gough gave five decisions in a row in Boult's favor.
His first victim was the overnight batsman Roshen Silva who fell for 21 in the fifth over of the morning, caught by Southee at third slip after driving at a ball which swung late.
Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella fell next to a brilliant catch by Southee, at full stretch, from a ball which also enticed the drive but left him late.
The next four wickets fell at an even more frantic pace and to similar lbw decisions.
Dilruwan Perera shouldered arms at a ball from Boult which was full and swung back onto middle stump.
Suranga Lakmal received a similar delivery from the very next ball and was hit on the toe in front of middle.
Boult had to wait until the next over to chase his hat trick, bowling to the tailender Dushmantha Chameera. Chameera met the hat trick ball with a solid forward defensive shot but was out lbw to the next ball, giving Boult three wickets in four balls and his seventh five-wicket bag in tests.
Lahiru Kumara was his final victim four balls later, also out lbw without offering a shot.
The rapid collapse of the Sir Lanka innings left New Zealand with a 74-run lead which might be pivotal in a low-scoring match. The two-test series is locked at 0-0 after the first test ended in a high-scoring draw.