Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) - Bangladesh have played 51 overseas Tests and won just four of them. Ahead of another Test series of the Tigers away from home against New Zealand starting from February 28, a common question has been raised— will Bangladesh be able to strengthen their overseas record in Tests?
Bangladesh have lost the three-match ODI series against the same opponent ahead of the Tests which has created a fresh concern regarding the performance of the Tigers in the toughest form of cricket.
This concern might climb to the next level as the Tigers are all set to miss the service of Shakib Al Hasan in the first Test. Along with him, there is a cloud over Mushfiqur Rahim’s participation in the series opener as well. While the regular Test captain is recovering from a finger injury, Mushfiqur is suffering from several issues with rib and finger.
“How are doing in the overseas condition in Tests is always a challenge for us. Everyone doubts whether we can win an overseas Test or not. However, we are not thinking about that, I can assure you as the captain of the team,” Mahmudullah Riyad, the captain of Bangladesh, has said ahead of the first Test of three-match series which will take the place in Hamilton.
There was a bit of hope of Mushfiqur’s participation in the first Test; however, Mahmudullah said he is yet to get a green signal from the physio.
“He is getting better. But perhaps we are not lucky enough to get his service in the first match. Along with Mushfiqur, Shakib Al Hasan has also been an integral part of our team. It is really tough to set our best combination without them. I hope who are ready to replace them will perform well and take advantage of the chances,” the interim Bangladesh captain further said.
In recent past India and Sri Lanka have displayed imperious performance in overseas Tests as they beat Australia and South Africa respectively. Bangladesh can gather inspiration from their history-making effort.
However, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said they are not bothered with the performance of the other teams.
“We have many things to take as motivation from the recent past. But we want to play relying on our own strength. We know how the condition can behave, and we also have ideas about their bowlers. Now the thing is on us. We have to perform in the field, and we need to execute ourselves in a better way,” said Mahmudullah.
The Kiwi pace-attack comprising Trent Boult and Tim Southee can be the biggest challenge for the Bangladeshi batsmen. However, Mahmudullah said he has faith in their fast-bowlers as well.
He said, “Abu JayedRahi is our premium fast bowler. He has played some matches and performed well too. We have Ebadat Hossain, a new talent, who can bowl at a great pace. And we also have Mustafizur. Everyone has ideas about his capabilities, about what he can do in his day.”
Bangladesh have played 13 Tests against New Zealand and lost 10 of them with managing three draws in the home. But they lost all seven matches in the home of New Zealand.
Ahead of this series against New Zealand in their home, Bangladesh are in the challenge of winning more overseas Tests.
Sri Lanka , Feb 27 (AP/UNB) — Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya was banned from cricket for two years on Tuesday for refusing to cooperate in an investigation of corruption in his country's cricket.
The International Cricket Council made the decision after Jayasuriya admitted to breaching two counts of its anti-corruption code.
He was charged last October with failing or refusing to cooperate, and obstructing or delaying the investigation, and said at the time he has "always conducted (himself) with integrity and transparency" in cricket.
"This conviction under the code demonstrates the importance of participants in cricket cooperating with investigations," Alex Marshall, the general manager of the ICC anti-corruption unit, said in a statement. "Compelling participants to cooperate under the code is a vital weapon in our efforts to rid our sport of corruptors. These rules are essential to maintain the integrity of our sport.
The unit has been trying to rid Sri Lanka cricket of inherent corruption for the past year, and Marshall said a recent amnesty drew 11 players and others to come forward with information.
Jayasuriya helped Sri Lanka win the Cricket World Cup in 1996, captained the team to the semifinals in 2003, and came back from retirement to help the team at age 38 reach another final in 2007.
The allrounder played 445 one-day internationals and 110 tests before retiring for good in 2011. By then he was a member of parliament. He also became the chairman of selectors in 2013 and resigned in 2017 after a second stint.
Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) - Uttara Sporting Club and Prime Bank Cricket Club registered wins in their respective matches of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) T20 on Tuesday.
Uttara beat Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity by six wickets in Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium, and Prime Bank outplayed Brothers Union by 47 runs at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Both of the losing sides were eliminated from the tournament as they failed to win a single game in the group stage.
In the rain-hit game against Khelaghar, Uttara bowled first and restricted the opponents to 109/7 in 17 overs. Only three of their batsmen - Rafsan Al Mahmud (28), Moinul Islam (20) and Robiul Haque (17) -- reached two-digit scores.
Abdur Rashid and Sajjad Hossain took two wickets each for Uttara Sporting Club.
In reply, Uttara chased the target of 110 in 15.5 overs (110/4 15.5 overs) and won the game by six wickets. Tanzid Hasan struck unbeaten 72 for Uattara, and he was awarded man of the match later.
In Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Prime Bank batted first and accumulated 169/4 in 20 overs. Rubel Mia (44), Ariful Haque (59) and Nazmul Hossain Milon (45) shone with the bat for them.
Sharifullah took two wickets for brothers while Mehedi Hasan and Mohammad Shahzada bagged one wicket each.
In reply, Brothers finished on 122/8 in 20 overs. They failed to make partnerships when they needed it most. Fazle Mahmud was the highest run-getter for Brothers as he scored 39.
Monir Hossain scalped three wickets for Prime Bank while Abdur Razzak bagged two. Their bowling effort was enough to register a win by 47 runs.
Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) - The 39th edition of the National Cricket Championship (NCC) will begin on Wednesday (February 27) at 16 different venues across the country.
Sixty-four district teams, split into eight groups, will participate in the limited overs competition. The teams will compete in a two-tier competition-- Tier 1 and Tier 2-- with each tier consisting of 32 teams equally.
The Tier-1 meet is a single league competition with top finisher of each group will qualify for the second round while bottom team relegated to Tier-2 of the meet from next season.
The eight group toppers will be placed in two groups of four teams with the group champions fighting for the final.
In Tier-2, the top teams from each group will get prompted to Tier- 1 for the next season. There is no second round in Tier 2.
Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) — Shinepukur Cricket Club advanced to the semi-finals of the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) T20 defeating Mohammedan by 22 runs on Tuesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Shinepukur won the toss and posted a challenging 192 for four. Mohammedan managed to score 170/9 in 20 overs.
Shinepukur also won the first match against Legends of Rupganj. And with back-to-back wins, they have advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament as the first team.
Shuvagata Hom was the best batsman for Shinepukur. He struck unbeaten 58 off 18 balls. Along the way, he reached 50 off 16 deliveries which is now the record of quickest fifty for a Bangladeshi batsman in T20 cricket. He hit four fours and six sixes.
Towhid Hridoy also hit a fifty for Shinepukur. He remained unbeaten at 66 off 41 balls. He hit four fours and as many as sixes. Afif Hossain and Mohammad Rakib also contributed with the bat hitting 25 and 22 respectively.
Alauddin Babu, Qazi Onik, Nihaduzzaman and Saqlain Sajib took one wicket each for Mohammedan.
Chasing the target, Mohammedan managed 46 in the opening stand of Avishek Mitra and Abdul Mazid. Avishek fell for 19 while Mazid struck 33 off 20 deliveries.
Mohammedan failed to exploit this start as the lost five wickets before crossing 100-run mark. Mohammad Ashraful, the former captain of Bangladesh, hit 21 off 20. He showed some glimpse of his old form but failed to record an imperious innings so far.
Irfan Sukkur was the best batsman for Mohammedan. He scored an unbeaten 52 off 29 balls with seven fours and one six.
With this loss, Mohammedan have been eliminated from the race to reach the semi-finals.
Sohrawardi Shuvo, Sujon Hawlader, Hamidul Islam bagged two wickets each for Shinepukur while Delwar Hossain and Afif Hossain took one each.
Shinepukur: 192/4 (20 overs) Sabbir Hossain 10, Sohrawardi Shuvo 2, Afif Hossain 25, Towhid Hridoy 66*, Mohammad Rakib 22, Shuvagata Hom 58*;
Alauddin Babu 1/45, Qazi Onik 1/62, Nihaduzzaman 1/32, Saqlain Sajib 1/23
Mohammedan: 170/9 (20 overs) Avishek Mitra 19, Abdul Mazid 33, Mohammad Ashraful 21, Raqibul Hasan 16, Irfan Sukkur 52*, Alauddin Babu 13;
Sohrawordi Shuvo 2/17, Sujon Hawlader 2/40, Hamidul Islam 2/34, Delwar Hossain 1/32, Afif Hossain 1/7