Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB) — Former Bangladesh coach Gordon Greenidge believes the Tigers will do better in the next World Cup in England and Wales.
“I don’t know much about the current players but I’m sure they’ll do well in the World Cup as they are passionate about their game,” he told reporters on Thursday at Kurmitola Golf Club in the capital.
Bangladesh played their first World Cup in 1999 under the coaching of the West Indian great. The next edition is scheduled to be played from May 30 to July 14.
The Caribbean great came to Bangladesh to promote golf. He was invited by National Bank, title sponsor of Bangabandhu Golf Open 2019.
Greenidge said he enjoyed playing golf as an amateur and that he was happy to return. “Bangladesh is like a home to me,” he said.
Bangladesh qualified to play the World Cup for the first time under his coaching. The government gave him honorary citizenship.
“Bangladesh are doing well in international cricket. But the World Cup will take place in England. We want to see a successful World Cup in England. At the same time, we hope to see some close matches in the biggest event of cricket,” he told the media.
Greenidge said although Tigers lacked consistency they were far better now.
“They are doing well but there is a lack of consistency. They can do big things in the World Cup, if they play their best brand of cricket,” he said.
“If they can play good cricket consistently, they will do better. Consistency is the most important thing in cricket,” the former Bangladesh coach said.
Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB) — Legends of Rupganj beat Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club by eight wickets on Thursday in the ninth round of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League.
It was their sixth win on the trot.
In the other match of the day, Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity beat Uttara Sporting Club by 39 runs in Fatullah, to register their second win of the season.
Rupganj won the toss in Savar and sent Sheikh Jamal to bat first. They tumbled for 141 as Rupganj bowlers bowled superbly.
Tanbir Hyder (35) made the highest individual score for Sheikh Jamal. Fardeen Hasan was the second-highest scorer with 28.
For Rupganj, spinner Nabil Samad and all-rounder Muktar Ali bagged three wickets each. Subashis Roy, Mohammad Shahid and Rishi Dhawan took one wicket each.
In reply, Mohammad Naim and Mominul Haque hit fifties for Rupganj and won the game with eight wickets in hand. They scored 145/2 in 28.4 overs.
Naim fell for 63 but Mominul remained on 60.
It was the eighth win of Rupganj in nine rounds of the league while Sheikh Jamal suffered the fifth loss of the season.
In the other match, Uttara won the toss and sent Khelaghar to bat first. Khelaghar posted a challenging total of 257 runs for four wickets in 50 overs.
Mahidul Islam Ankon hit 77 off 80 balls with seven fours and one six while wicketkeeper-batsman Shahriar Komol also hit 56 with seven fours.
Along with them, Robiul Islam Robi (38) and captain Amin Majumder (40) also contributed with the bat.
For Uttara, Sheikh Humayun and Mohimenul Haque bagged two wickets each.
In reply, Uttara managed to score 218 for eight wickets in 50 overs. Mohimenul Haque, who missed a century, was the only Uttara batsman to shine in the game. But his superb 93-run knock could not prevent his side’s loss.
It was Uttara’s seventh loss of the season.
For Khelaghar, Robiul Haque, Robiul Islam Robi and Tanvir Islam bagged two wickets each.
Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB) — Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League defending champions Abahani Limited continued their winning streak beating Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club by four wickets on Thursday.
Soumya Sarkar and Jahurul Islam performed superbly to seal the game for Abahani. Soumya bagged four wickets conceding 34 runs in 10 overs, while Jahurul struck an unbeaten 91.
Abahani won the toss and sent Prime Doleshwar to bat first at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. They scored a moderate total of 224 for nine wickets.
The defending champions took control of the match in the third over when Mohammad Saifuddin bagged the wicket of wicketkeeper-batsman Imran Uzzaman who fell for two.
They lost the second wicket in 27 runs. However, in the third wicket stand, Farhad Hossain and Shykat Ali added 57 runs.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz took the wicket of Shykat when he was on 23. Farhad struck 47, Doleshwar’s highest individual score. Marshall Ayub and Taibur Rahman contributed with 40 and 41 respectively, and their Pakistani recruit Saad Nasim posted 34.
For Abahani, Soumya was the best bowler taking four wickets while Mashrafe Bin Mortaza took two for 48 in 10 overs. Saifuddin, Mehidy and Sabbir Rahman took one wicket each.
In reply, Abahani reached the target in 48.5 overs (227/6).
Abahani lost their first three wickets in 23 runs when Soumya fell for 10 and Najmul Hossain Shanto and their Indian recruit Priyank Panchal got dismissed by Abu Jayed and Farhad Reza respectively without adding anything on the board.
But Jahurul and Mohammad Mithun helped them take control again posting 63 runs in the third-wicket stand. Mithun, back to the playing XI after recovering from a hamstring injury, struck 40 while Jahurul batted firmly on the other end.
Sabbir and Mosaddek Hossain fell for 24 and 2 respectively. It was anyone’s game at that point after Abahani lost six wickets in 135 runs. However, Jahurul and Saifuddin’s 92-run partnership in the sixth wicket stand ensured a stunning win.
Saifuddin remained unbeaten at 55 off 69 deliveries with seven fours.
It was Abahani’s eighth win in nine rounds of the league while Doleshwar suffered their third loss in as many rounds.
Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB) — Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will announce a 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup on April 18.
But the player who has drawn attention already is Yasir Ali. The 23-year-old batsman, who never played for the national side, obtained a place in the preliminary squad of Bangladesh for the World Cup.
Yasir came to limelight for the first time during the last season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) where he struck 307 runs in 11 matches at the strike rate of 124.29. His strike rate was the most exciting side of him to be considered for the national side.
The Chattogram-born batsman maintained his golden run in the ongoing season of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League as well. In the first eight rounds of the league, Yasir scored 341 runs with one century and two fifties. He scored at the astonishing average of 170.50 since he was unbeaten in his only ton in the league so far. The young boy also maintained his surprising strike rate of 101.48.
In the last BPL, Yasir got the chance in the playing XI of Chittagong Vikings in the place of Mohammad Ashraful. The former national team was poor in the middle, and that paved the way for Yasir. The right-handed middle-order batsman utilized the chance with great care.
He drew attention for his convincing show in BPL . Minhazul Abedin, the chief selector of BCB, has expressed his satisfaction over the performance of Yasir on several occasions.
Most importantly, national team captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza showed his eagerness to include Yasir in the World Cup squad recently which has played a big role to consider him for the National side.
Though the squad will not be announced before April 18, according to the close sources to the chief selector, it is confirmed that Yasir is one of the World Cup campaigners of the Tigers.
Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB) - In the eighth round of the ongoing season of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, Mohammedan Sporting Club beat Brothers Union in an unexpected way. The match took the place at Bangladesh KriraShikkhaProtisthan in Savar.
Mohammedan lost the toss and batted first in the match. They have accumulated 316 for nine wickets in 50 overs with the help of AvishekMitra (68), IrfanShukkur (92), RaqibulHasan (50) and SohagGazi (43*).
For Brothers, Mohammad Sharif and Sajedul Islam took three wickets each while RonyHossain and BishwanathHalder bagged one wicket each.
The game was interrupted by the rain right after the first innings. However, after the rain has stopped, Brothers Union saw the wicket and refused to continue the game citing the wicket was not appropriate enough to keep the game on. Considering the emerged situation, match referee Akhtar Ahmad has awarded the game to Mohammedan.
Amin Khan, the manager of Brothers, said about the issue: “Rain came during the break of the innings, and we saw the wicket after the rain has gone away. We found the wicket unplayable and decided not to continue the game.”
It was the fourth win of Mohammedan in the league while Brothers suffered sixth losses.
In the encounter between Gazi Group Cricketers and Uttara Sporting Club in Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Gazi won by 49 runs by DL method.
Uttara won the toss in the match and sent Gazi to bat first. They have posted 235 runs for nine wickets in 50 overs.
Myshukur Rahman and Mehedi Hasan set a solid start with their 81-runs stand in the first wicket. Both of them ended up scoring 44 each. However, the best scorer for Gazi was ShamsurRahman hitting 51 off 55 with five fours.
For Uttara, Abdur Rashid bagged three wickets while AsaduzzamanPayel, Anisul Islam Emon and Sheikh Humayun scalped two wickets each.
Due to the rain, Uttara needed 188 runs in 33 overs to seal the game. But they disappointed tumbling for 138 in 31 overs for eight wickets.
Anisul Islam Emon was the only batsman to show some resistance for Uttara striking 50 off 29 deliveries with four fours and five sixes. ShakhirHossain hit 28 but his effort went in vain as Uttara ended up losers.
For Gazi, Sanjit Saha bagged four wickets while Mehedi Hasan, Kamran Ghulam took two wickets each.
It was the third win of Gazi Group while Uttara suffered the sixth loss in the ongoing season of Dhaka League.
In another match of the day, Shinepukur Cricket Club stunned Prime Bank Cricket Club winning the game by 48 runs in DL method in Fatullah.
Shinepukur accumulated 245 runs for eight wickets in 50 over while batting first after winning the toss.
They lost two wickets in 11 runs; however, in the third wicket stand, Shadman Islam and TowhidHridoy added 125 runs on the board. Shadman ended scoring 78 while Hridoy struck 83. Along with them, ShuvagataHom added 44 runs.
For Prime Bank, right-handed all-rounder ArifulHaque bagged three wickets while Al Amin Hossain and MonirHossain took two wickets each.
In reply, Prime Bank needed 149 runs in 20 overs due to the rain. But they failed to chase it as the lost five wickets in 30 runs.
Anamul Haque Bijoy fell in the very first ball of the innings off Shoriful Islam. Ther others batsmen were also clueless in the middle as well.
The tumbled for 100 for nine wickets in 20 overs and lost the match by 48 runs.
It was the third win of Shinepukur in the league while Prime Bank suffered the second loss of the season.