Dhaka, Apr 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin said he is not bothered about the insignificant injury on his elbow. Earlier, it was reported that Saifuddin has been playing the ongoing season of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League hiding an injury.
While talking to reporters on Friday, the all-rounder said, “Since the World Cup is not far, I have to keep myself fit for the games. There’s no reason to be worried (about the injury).”
Recently, some media reported that Saifuddin has been suffering from ‘tennis elbow’ for a while now. The reports also said for playing with this injury, Saifuddin could suffer more in the future.
But, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Minhazul Abedin told reporters on April 10 that the BCB did not receive any suggestion from the physio of the national team denying Saifuddin to take part in the competitive cricket.
“We saw some media reports saying Saifuddin is playing with injuries. But we don’t have any report on that from the national team physio. So, we have no problem with Saifuddin’s participation in the Dhaka League,” Minhazul had said.
Meanwhile, Saifuddin admitted that he is not cent percent fit and facing physical problem while playing.
“All pace-bowlers are prone to injury. We all know that. We have to play in spite of having it in mind. To be honest, I’m not cent percent fit but I can play. I would tell the team management if I can’t continue playing. As a professional player, I have to play till I’m fit to do that,” Saifuddin also told the reporters.
“During my age-level cricket, the coaches used to tell us that if you think too much about the injuries it’ll ruin your game. So, I always try to play keeping the thinking of injuries at bay,” he concluded.
In the Dhaka League, Saifuddin has so far played eight matches and bagged 12 wickets while scoring 182 with three fifties. The all-rounder has represented the Tigers in 10 ODIs and nine T20 Internationals till the date.
Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) - As the sixth and last team, Mohammedan Sporting Club reached the Super League of the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League beating Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) by one wicket in the last-over thriller in Fatullah on Thursday.
Before heading to the match, Mohammedan needed a win to qualify for the Super League. They required nine runs in the last over to seal the victory. Qazi Onik and Saqlain Sajib hit two fours off Sumon Khan and ensured the win.
BKSP won the toss and decided to bat first in the match. They posted a challenging total of 249 for seven wickets in 50 overs.
Aminul Islam was the best batsman for BKSP scoring 60 runs with five fours. Along with him, Shamim Hossain (49), Akbar Ali (38), Parvez Hossain (38) and Fahad Hossain (32) contributed with the bat as well.
For Mohammedan, Rahatul Ferdous took three wickets while Rajat Bhatia bagged two.
While replying, Liton Das and Irfan Sukkur added 77 runs in the opening stand which gave them a must-needed boost to seal the game. Irfan fell for 41 while Liton struck 53.
After the removal of Irfan and Liton, Avishek Mitra and Raqibul Hasan posted 65 and 35 respectively to accelerate the innings. However, they suffered a mini collapse when Mohammad Ashraful continued on his poor record in the league and Nadif Chowdhury also disappointed to impress as they posted 3 and 0 respectively.
When the match was hanging in the balance, Rajat Bhatia (15), Rahatul Ferdous (14) and Qazi Onik (13) helped Mohammedan overcome the challenge of BKSP. Mohammedan scored 252 for nine wickets in 49.5 overs.
Avishek was the man of the match for his outstanding effort of hitting 65 while chasing the target.
In the other two matches on Thursday, Shinepukur beat Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity by 15 runs under the DL method in Dhaka while Prime Bank Cricket Club won against Gazi Group Cricketers by 34 runs in Savar.
In Dhaka, Khelaghar posted 190 all-out in 48.2 overs relying on Mashum Khan (40), Amit Majumder (37), Robiul Haque (22) and Shahriar Komol (22).
For Shinepukur, Delwar Hossain bagged three wickets while Hamidul Islam and Afif Hossain took two wickets each.
In reply, Shinepukur posted 165 for six wickets in 41 overs. Due to the rain and bad light, the match ended in 41 overs, and Shinepukur won it by 15 runs via the DL method. Shadman was the best scorer for Shinepukur hitting 64, and he was awarded the man of the match as well.
In Savar, Prime Bank accumulated 201 for nine wickets in 50 overs while batting first after winning the toss. Nayeem Hasan and Ariful Haque were the best scorers for them hitting 34 each.
For Gazi Group, Sanjit Saha took three wickets while Nasum Ahmed and Kamran Ghulam bagged two wickets each.
While replying, Gazi were wrapped in for 167 all-out in 45.2 overs in spite of a superb knock of 74 by Myshukur Rahman at the top of the batting line. However, they lost the match by 34 runs.
For Prime Bank, Nayeem Hasan and Alok Kapali bagged two wickets each. In the end, Nayeem was the man of the match for his all-round performance.
Meanwhile, Khelaghar, BKSP and Brothers Union ended the league stage of the Dhaka League as the bottom-three in the points table. And that is why they will compete in the relegation league now. Those will end the relegation league being second and third will be relegated to the first division league. On the other hand, the number one team of the relegation league will contest in the next Premier League.
Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) - Bangladesh suffered a further blow before the selection of the World Cup squad as speedster Mustafizur Rahman has been sidelined for two weeks due to an injury on his left ankle.
“We went through an X-ray of his (Fiz) injured ankle. Everything is fine as per the report. But we want to go slowly and we suggested him to stay in rest for two weeks,” Debashis Chowdhury, the BCB chief physician told reporters on Thursday.
The left-arm pacer suffered the blow during a warm-up session of his Dhaka League team Shinepukur Cricket Club on Wednesday.
With a match for Shinepukur on Monday, Mustafizur had returned playing in the ongoing Dhaka League after a break of four years. He took three wickets on his return, but he now has been forced to stay away.
“Since the World Cup is not too far, we need to take precautionary measures with Mustafizur’s injury,” Debashis further said.
Mustafizur last suffered an injury while playing for Mumbai Indians in the last season of Indian Premier League. He suffered a blow on his thumb of the left leg while facing a yorker during batting.
Due to that injury, Mustafizur missed the three-match T20 International series against Afghanistan, and after that, he was also sidelined during the away Test series against the West Indies last year.
Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) - Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club beat defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited by three wickets in a crucial match of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League at BKSP ground in Savar on Wednesday to confirm their super league berth.
National coloured all-rounder of Sheikh Jamal Nasir Hossain played the key role in Sheikh Jamal’s victory scoring 45 runs and scalping three wickets for 24 runs in 10 overs.
For the all-round show, Nasir Hossain was adjudged man of the match.
In the day’s vital match to assure the super league berth, Sheikh Jamal won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Going to bat first, Abahani suffered batting collapse losing top four wickets in just 14 runs.
Right-arm off-spinner Nasir bagged three of four Abahani’s first wickets. Jahurul Islam (9), Soumya Sarkar (1), Jahid Javed (3) and Najmul Islam Shanto (0) were poor against the bowling attack of Sheikh Jamal. Najmul suffered a golden duck against Nasir’s right-arm off-spin.
However, in the fifth wicket stand, Mohammad Mithun and Mosaddek Hossain added 60 runs to recover the initial damage. Mithun fell for 33 while Mosaddek hit his third ton in List-A cricket.
Along with Mithun and Mosaddek, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Abdullah Al Mamun scored 20 and 26 for Abahani to post a total of 211 for nine wickets in 50 overs. Mosaddek was the top-scorer for them hitting 101 with six fours and three sixes.
For Sheikh Jamal, Nasir bagged three wickets and Elias Sunny took two.
In reply, Sheikh Jamal chased the target in 48.5 overs scoring 215 runs for the loss of seven wickets to seal the match by three wickets.
Sheikh Jamal lost their first two wickets in just 12 runs. However, Imtiaz Hossain and Anustup Majumdar were cool enough to guide the team towards the win as they hit 30 and 56 respectively.
Captain of Sheikh Jamal Nurul Hasan, who has been superb with the bat in the league so far, suffered a golden duck in this match. But Nasir and Tanbir Hayder worked hard to win the game. While Nasir posted 45, Tanbir scored unbeaten 39.
Eventually, they ended the game in 48.5 overs with three wickets in hand.
With this win, Sheikh Jamal completed 12 points in 11 rounds and marched to the Super League as the fifth team. Abahnai has already ensured their place in the Super League earlier.
Legends of Rupganj beat Uttara Sporting Club by a big margin of nine wickets to maintain their supremacy in the league.
Sent in to bat first, Uttara SC were restricted to 180 in eight wickets in 50 overs. Anisul Islam Emon was the best batsman of Uttara hitting 55. Along with him, Shahnaj Ahmed (27), Minhajul Abedin (37) and Shakhir Hossain (33) were the other batsmen to post some runs on the board.
For Rupganj, Nabil Samad took three wickets while Rishi Dhawan bagged two.
In reply, Mehedi Maruf and Mohammad Naim hit 62 and 63 runs respectively to seal the game. Mominul Haque was unbeaten on 47. Finally, Rupganj scored 181 for one wicket in 40.4 overs.
It was Rupganj’s10th win in 11 matches of the league while Uttara suffered the 11th loss.
In another match in Fatullah, Brothers Union beat Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club by one wicket in the last over with just one ball remaining.
Prime Doleshwar batted first in the match after losing the toss and posted a challenging total of 250 for five wickets in 50 overs with the help of Marshall Ayub (50), Taibur Rahman (70), Farhad Hossain (40) and Mahmudul Hasan (39).
For Brothers, Bishawnath Halder bagged two wickets while Mohammad Shahzada, Sharifullah and Yasir Ali took one wicket each.
I reply, Brothers chased the target in 49.5 overs with the help of Fazle Mahmud (74), Mizanur Rahman (42), Sharifullah (41) and Mohammad Shahzada (29).
It was Brother’s third win in the league while Prime Doleshwar experienced the fourth loss.
Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) - The ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League has suddenly come to the contention before the selection of Bangladesh national squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup scheduled to begin on May 30 in England and Wales.
Talking to the media on Wednesday, Chairman of the Cricket Operations Committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Akram Khan said they are closely observing the ongoing Dhaka Premier League ahead of the formation of the World Cup team and BCB chief selector Minhazul Abedin Nannu also echoed Akram.
“No one will be considered as automatic choice without a good performance in the ongoing league though the thing is different for most of our senior guys. Some of the young guys didn’t perform well so far in the league which is a big concern for us,” Akram told reporters on Wednesday.
He also said the BCB selectors will discuss the final squad of the World Cup after two or three matches of the Super League which is yet to be scheduled by the BCB.
“I’m not in the position to say anything about the squad right now because we didn’t sit to discuss the team yet. So, I’m not to comment on who will be in the team or who will get axed. We’re following the performance of many players (in Dhaka League). Since we’ll play in English condition, we’ll have more pacers than usual, and this is why we are following many pacers. We’ll complete the selection process after the two rounds of the Super League. After that, we may announce the team around April 18,” Minhazul Abedin said.
Some of the national players are taking part in the Dhaka League but they are yet to show their best performance. Minhazul insisted that the poor performance of the national players is alarming ahead of the World Cup.
“The World Cup is the biggest event of the game of cricket. So, it’s usual to have some tension before announcing the final squad. We’re worried about the performance of some players. But still, we want to see their performance in the first three matches of the Super League,” Minhazul further told reporter.
Meanwhile, the chief selectors said they did not receive any report from the physio of the national team regarding Mohammad Saifuddin who is reportedly playing in the league with an elbow injury.
“We don’t have any report from the physio saying that Saif is not ready to play due to an injury. He was in rest for a period of two weeks after coming back from New Zealand. He took lesser rest compared to others; it’s his own matter. If he thinks that he’s fit to play, we don’t see any problem in his taking part in the league,” Minhazul concluded.