Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) — Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is thinking of appointing a psychologist for the national cricket team, said its president Nazmul Hassan on Tuesday.
Bangladesh national team recently escaped a frightening terror attack in New Zealand by seconds. Some of the players saw bloodstained bodies of the victims on the spot which affected their mental state badly.
“Yes, we are considering it (to appoint a psychologist). The national players who have toured New Zealand are now under our observation. Not just for this, we are considering to appoint a psychologist for a bigger reason,” Nazmul told the reporters.
“With the World Cup ahead, if a psychologist comes and spends some times with the players, it will help them to stay focused and mentally healthy. At the same time, if anyone needs extra care, we can arrange that for him as well,” Nazmul further said.
Bangladesh were supposed to play a three-match Test series against New Zealand. The third and final Test was scheduled to be played from March 16. But due to the attack, both of the boards decided to call the series off, and the Tigers returned home as early as possible.
They reached Dhaka at 10:45pm on March 16. Nazmul said upon their return: “Some of the players are mentally broken. They are not in a position to talk about what happened back in New Zealand. In this situation, we want them to pass time on their own. They don’t need to focus on the cricket right away.”
Mahmudullah Riyad, who led the Tigers in the Test series, said: “We just don’t want to remember what we saw in New Zealand. We had a sleepless night there. I want to thank you BCB to bringing us back home so quickly.”
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) - Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan on Monday said Shakib Al Hasan has no chance to play in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL).
“Shakib was not included in the draft list of players who are available to play in the Dhaka Premier League. So, there’s no chance for him to participate in the ongoing season of the league,” Nazmul told reporters at Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium after the special prayers that BCB arranged following the safe return of the Bangladesh National Cricket Team from New Zealand.
“Shakib has been recovering from an injury. He’ll be assessed by doctors on March 20. We can say about his position after that. But it’s sure that he has no chance to play in the Dhaka League,” the BCB boss further said.
Bangladesh Test captain Shakib missed the entire New Zealand series which ended unexpectedly due to terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.
The southpaw got his finger injured in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Cricket on February 8. Since then, he has been passing time under the rehabilitation programme of BCB.
Last week, chairman of BCB media committee Jalal Yunus confirmed the media that Shakib was already allowed to take part in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL) which is set to kick off on March 23. The star all-rounder will play this year’s IPL for his current team Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“I think there should be no restriction on a player to participate in any event if he is fit enough to play. A player should take care of himself. Shakib is already allowed to take part in the IPL. He’ll be playing protecting himself. Maybe, he won’t complete the season. Instead of doing so, he might return midway of the league,” Jalal told the reporters on March 13 at InterContinental, Dhaka.
Dehradun, Mar 18 (AP/UNB) — Afghanistan notched a historic maiden win in only its second test match when it defeated Ireland by seven wickets in the one-off test ending Monday.
Needing 118 runs, Rahmat Shah scored his second half century of the match and Ihsanullah Janat made 50 in his debut test as Afghanistan reached 149-3 just before lunch on the fourth day.
"It was our dream to play test cricket and today we won a test match so I am very happy for Afghanistan and its people," Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan said.
"I want to give credit to the bowlers, especially Rashid Khan, Waqar (Salamkheil), Yamin (Ahmadzai) and (Mohammad) Nabi because the wicket was good for batting."
Leg spinner Rashid claimed the match haul of 7-102 and played the test match while nursing his injured spinning finger.
It was only the second test match for both countries since gaining test status in 2017. Afghanistan lost its inaugural test against India last year before Pakistan went on to beat Ireland.
Man-of-the-match Shah, who missed out on the century in the first innings before falling for 98, played another splendid knock of 76 with 13 fours before he got stumped when Afghanistan required only three runs for victory.
Janat was equally good in scoring an unbeaten 65 off 129 balls as both batsmen dominated Ireland bowling with attacking shots during their 139-run match-winning stand.
Ireland had an early opportunity to break the stand but Shah was dropped on 19 by Stuart Thompson in left-arm spinner George Dockrell's second over of the day after Afghanistan resumed on 29-1.
Although Mohammad Nabi missing Afghanistan's winning moment on the field when he got run out, Hashmatullah Shahidi got the winning runs when he pulled James Cameron-Dow to the square leg fence off his first delivery.
Ireland captain William Porterfield saw his team's first-innings effort of 172 as the prime reason for the defeat as Afghanistan replied strongly with 314.
"In any multi-day game, we had to capitalize on the first innings. If we'd done how we'd done in the second innings then, it could have been a completely different game," Porterfield said.
Ireland fought back in the second innings by scoring 288, thanks largely to the last-wicket half century stand between Cameron-Dow and Tim Murtagh that set up Afghanistan's target of 147 runs.
"Credit to Afghanistan, they outplayed us ... and once Afghanistan got past us in the first innings, it was always going to be hard," Porterfield said.
Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) — Bangladesh team has returned to Bangladesh after an unexpected end of New Zealand tour. Mahmudullah Riyad, the Bangladesh Test captain during the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, said upon the return to the country that they were lucky enough to escape the attack in a mosque of Christchurch in New Zealand.
Bangladesh team reached the country at 10:45 (BST) on Saturday night. The hundreds of the media workers were present at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at that time.
“When we were in the room after backing from the spot of attack, we are thinking that how lucky we are,” Mahmudullah said while giving his short speech to the media at the airport.
“I want to thank Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Papon Bhai (Nazmul Hasan, BCB president) to bring us back home at the earliest time. At the same time, I want to ask the nation to pray for us so we can get rid of this memory,” Mahmudullah further said.
Within hours of the attack, BCB and New Zealand cricket called the third and last Test of the series off after a joint discussion. And at the same time, BCB decided to bring the team back home as early as possible.
Nazmul, the BCB president, was also present at the airport along with Mahbub Anam, BCB vice-president, and Jalal Yunus- the chairman of BCB media committee.
“The team went through a tough situation. Right after the incident, we have talked with them, all of us were waiting for their coming home,” Nazmul said to the media.
“A moment ago, Riyad said to me that they had a sleepless night. So it was a journey of 22 hours for them. All of them are tired. Some of them are mentally broken down. So here are nothing more to talk to them. I said to them to go home and spend some days on their own,” Nazmul also said.
“I suggested them not to think about the game right now. They should spend time with their families at this point. If anyone needs any help we are here always to do so,” BCB president added while talking to the media at the airport.
Bangladesh went to New Zealand to play three-match ODI and Test series. The last match of Test series was supposed to take the field from March 16. However, due to the current situation, the last Test was cancelled. BCB chief executive officer, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, has said to the media that they will discuss New Zealand cricket about the cancelled Test whether it will be host in the future or not.
“Our main priority after the attack was to bring our national team back home safely. So we did not get a situation to talk about something else. We will discuss the future of the cancelled Test later,” Nizamuddin on Saturday told the media.
Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) — Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has called a special prayer programme on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium premises for the safe return of Bangladesh national cricket team from New Zealand where a deadly terror attack has taken the place.
A media release of BCB said the prayer programme will be held at the stadium premises at 2pm.
Bangladesh has returned to the country on Saturday night, and they are now on leave.
The attack was taken place in two mosques of Christchurch in New Zealand which has left 49 people dead including three Bangladeshis. All of the victims were Muslim. They were present in the mosque to attend the prayer of Jumm’a.
Bangladesh team was supposed to attend the Jumm’a prayer in Masjid Al Noor. However, they were late to reach the mosque, and in the end, the late has saved their lives.