Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) — Defending champions Abahani beat Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club by 165 runs on Monday in the first round of the Super League of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League.
Abahani’s Mohammad Saifuddin registered his first five-wicket haul conceding only nine runs in six overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Abahani batted first in the match after losing the toss and were all-out for 251 in 49 overs.
They lost three wickets in 12 runs. Abu Jayed Rahi bagged the first two wickets, while Farhad Reza scalped the other one.
But Wasim Jaffer and Najmul Hossain Shanto added 146 runs and helped Abahani post a challenging total. Abahani skipper Mosaddek Hossain suffered a golden duck.
For Prime Doleshwar, Jayed took three wickets while Farhad and Saif Hassan took two each.
In reply, Doleshwar capitulated for 86 all-out in 29.4 overs. Saifuddin was explosive with the ball, removing Imran Uzzaman in the first over of the innings. He bagged four more wickets.
It was Saifuddin’s best bowling figure in List-A career.
With the hard-fought 27 off 65, Mahmudul Hasan was the highest scorer for Doleshwar.
Saifuddin was adjudged the man of the match.
In the other match in Savar, Legends of Rupganj beat Mohammedan Sporting Club by 46 runs.
Rupganj batted first and posted 313 runs for four wickets in 50 overs. Naeem Islam hit his 10th List-A century while Mominul Haque (78) and Shahriar Nafees (68) hit the half-centuries.
For Mohammedan, Mohammad Ashraful bagged two wickets while Sohag Gazi and Qazi Onik took one wicket each.
In reply, Mohammedan tumbled for 267 all-out in 46.2 overs and suffered loss in their first Super League match. Irfan Sukkur and Raqibul Hasan scored 73 and 58 respectively for Mohammedan.
For Rupganj, Subashis Roy bagged three wickets while Mohammad Shahid and Muktar Ali scalped two each.
Naeem was awarded the man of the match.
In the other match at Fatullah, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club won against Prime Bank Sporting Club by six wickets relying on the century of Nasir Hossain. The right-handed all-rounder smashed unbeaten 112 off 110 with 12 fours and three sixes.
Sent to bat first, Prime Bank lost the first wicket in the first ball as Anamul Haque suffered his third golden duck of the season. He fell prey to Khaled Ahmed.
But the second wicket stand of Rubel Mia (66) and Naman Ojha (46) added 121 runs.
Despite controlling the initial damage, Prime Bank lost five wickets while going to 131 from 121.
Coming in to bat at number eight, Ariful Haque posted 74 runs for Prime Bank and helped his team pass the 200-run mark. Eventually, they ended up with 236 all-out in 48.3 overs.
For Sheikh Jamal, Elias Sunny and Tanbir Hyder took three wickets each while Salahuddin Sakil bagged two wickets.
In reply, Nasir struck his seventh List-A ton, and along with him, Elias hit 67 to ensure a win for Sheikh Jamal. They reached the target in 48.4 overs (239/4).
Elias Sunny was adjudged the man of the match.
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) — Bangladesh will ask its ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan to cut short his Indian Premier League campaign to prepare for the World Cup with the national team.
Tigers’ preparation camp will start from April 22.
“We’ve decided to ask Shakib to join us before that,” BCB chief Nazmul Hassan told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Shakib joined his old team Sunrisers Hyderabad in this season of IPL but was in the playing XI in just one match.
“I haven’t spoken to Shakib about the matter yet. But we want him back from IPL and join the camp. We’ll send a letter to him and wait for his response,” Nazmul told reporters.
Shakib suffered a finger injury he sustained during the Bangladesh Premier League and missed the entire New Zealand series. IPL was considered his best option to prepare for the World Cup.
The World Cup will take the place in England and Wales from May 30. Tigers will take on South Africa on June 2 in their first encounter.
Nazmul said the selection committee will consider players’ performance in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League and that the squad might be announced on Tuesday.
“I knew that we have to announce the team within April 18. But today, I learned that we have until April 22. Within this time, we can make any change to our squad without ICC’s permission,” he said.
Dhaka, Apr 13 (UNB) - Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will start work on proposed Sheikh Hasina International Stadium, one of the biggest stadiums in the world, in Purbachal on the outskirts of the capital in the winter next, a BCB director said on Saturday.
Mahbub Anam, a BCB Director and its Ground Committee Chairman, said the board is working hard to start the construction of the much-awaited Sheikh Hasina International Cricket Stadium in the upcoming winter.
The proposed cricket stadium will be the biggest one in the country and one of the best ones in the world with a capacity of 1 lakh spectators, he said.
The decision was taken at the first meeting of the project implementation group of BCB held on Saturday at the board office.
“BCB has already created a miniature of the proposed stadium. Now, we have to enlarge it. According to the plan, we’ll have an academy ground along with the main stadium. We’re working on the plan now and I think we can’t start the construction work before the coming winter,” Mahbub Anam told reporters at the BCB headquarters after the meeting.
BCB has acquired 37 acres of land from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha and they have finalised the complete basic structural plan, he said, adding that they are now working on the details of the plan.
“We’re working on the detailed plan of everything of the proposed venue. In the meantime, we’ll complete the process of taking possession of the land which will boost the progress of our work,” Mahbub further said to the media.
He also said BCB is hopeful to complete the construction of the proposed venue within two years after starting the project.
There are some more stadiums in the country which are inactive for years. But BCB looks reluctant to take any effective steps to reactivate those citing those venues are the property of the National Sports Council (NSC).
About the issue, Mahbub told reporters, “Since those are the property of the NSC, it’s difficult for BCB to take any step to maintain those venues.”
Dhaka, Apr 13 (UNB) - Former captain and Bangladesh stalwart Mushfiqur Rahim batted on Saturday at the National Cricket Academy ground after a long break of 29 days.
He came back along with the team from New Zealand on March 16 following the dreadful terror attacks on two mosques at Christchurch that left 50 people, including five Bangladeshi nationals, dead. Since then he had been out of action.
The right-handed wicketkeeper batsman had also been suffering from an injury in his rib.
Mushfiqur batted for about 30 minutes on Saturday. Before that, he started his strength training on Thursday.
Bangladesh team management was in doubt due to the injury of Mushfiqur.
However, his participation in batting practice came as a relief for the selectors.
Over the last decade, Mushfiqur has become the linchpin of the Bangladesh batting line-up. He has represented the Tigers in 66 Tests, 201 ODIs and 77 T20 Internationals. The right-handed batsman played the pivotal role for Bangladesh in many victorious occasions.
Mushfiqur is considered one of the biggest weapons of the Tigers in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales which is scheduled to be played between May 30 and July 14.
Dhaka, Apr 13 (UNB) — Bangladesh Cricket Board is under immense pressure before the selection of the 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup due various injuries to a number of the national cricketers who are strong contenders or even shoo-ins for places in the Tigers’ World Cup squad.
Players like Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin and Taskin Ahmed are trying to get rid of the injuries since coming back home from New Zealand. In the meantime, Mehidy Hasan Miraz suffered a blow on his right thumb. Mustafizur Rahman became the latest name added to the list of injured cricketers suffering a blow on his left ankle on Wednesday.
The allrounder was nursing a blow to his shoulder before the tour of New Zealand, but that was manageable enough to continue playing. However, he dived twice to restrict boundaries during the Test series there and subsequently his injury got aggravated. Now, the allrounder is going through a rehabilitation program under BCB. He is expected to return to action during the tri-series in Ireland prior to the World Cup.
The wicketkeeper-batsman has been nursing an injury on his rib for a while now. He missed a number of international matches due to his rib problem. Meanwhile, he also went through a finger injury during the last tour in New Zealand. However, the right-handed batsman’s main problem is now his rib injury. According to the chief physician of BCB, Mushfiqur needs nothing but taking the rest. He is expected to get fit before Ireland tri-series as well.
The right-arm pacer is suffering from a side strain what he sustained during a match in the ongoing season of Dhaka League. The national pacer is playing in the league for the defending champions Abahani Limited. In a recent chat with UNB, the pacer has said: “I am feeling better now. But it will take more time to say the exact duration when I can back to the field. However, I hope to represent Abahani in the Super League stage of the Dhaka League.”
It is believed that Mohammad Saifuddin can be a strong weapon of the Tigers in the World Cup. According to the captain of Bangladesh team, the all-rounder has all the abilities to grab the limelight relying on his right-handed pace bowling and left-handed batting skill. However, the allrounder has been suffering from ‘tennis elbow’ for a while now. Though the 22-year-old allrounder is playing for Abahani in the Dhaka League, in a recent chat with the media, he said that he is confident of regaining his full strength before the tri-series in Ireland which will precede the World Cup.
The pacer got the blow to his ankle during the last game of Sylhet Sixers in the last season of Bangladesh Premier League on February 1. Since then, he went through through a rehabilitation program and recently he started playing in the Dhaka League for Shinepukur Cricket Club. However, he is still far short of full fitness. He needs to prove his full fitness to be considered for the World Cup squad.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Mehidy Hasan had injured his right thumb during a match for Abahani in the Dhaka League. He went to stop a boundary off Shahriar Nafees, which he did successfully but got a blow to his thumb which forced him to leave the field. In the latest update regarding his injury, BCB physician said Mehidy will be able to return to action soon.
With Mustafizur’s blow on the ankle, Bangladesh selectors have a fresh concern before selecting the squad of the World Cup. The left-arm pacer got the blow during a warm-up session for his Dhaka League team Shinepukur Cricket Club on Wednesday. He has been ruled out for a period of two weeks. BCB chief physician said there were no fractures on the X-ray report of the injured ankle of Mustafizur. However, he said the pacer needs to take rest for two weeks which is stated as the ‘precautionary measures’ by the physician.