Former national spinner Enamul Haque Junior believes playing more red-ball cricket will improve the quality and overall performance of the Bangladesh national team. The veteran spinner is busy to gear up himself for the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) beginning on January 31.
The hero of Bangladesh’s first Test in 2005, Enamul Jr said the playing more red-ball cricket in the domestic circuit will certainly develop the Bangladesh cricket.
“It’s good news that we are going to play another red-ball cricket (BCL). It’s not enough, but it’s always good to have some more games. Bangladesh will play a good number of Test matches this year. So, another red-ball cricket event will help us prepare more,” Enamul told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
“If you look at three cricket giant countries--Australia, England and India- they are playing well in all the formats of international cricket because of having a good culture of playing red-ball cricket. We also have to make it in Bangladesh. I believe that we are not late yet. If we start playing red-ball cricket more seriously, it will help us enormously in future,” he added.
In a recent tour in Pakistan, Bangladesh lost the three-match T20 International series 2-0 with one match was washed out. Enamul believes Bangladesh is yet to find a right path to play T20 cricket like they do in ODI format.
“We are one of the best team in ODI format because we play this format more than any other format. I believe if Bangladeshi players play at least 14 or 15 red-ball matches per season, it will help us to improve the quality in all games,” Enamul further said.
Enamul will represent BCB North Zone in the BCL. Apart from his team, there are three more teams to participate in the event and they are- Walton Central Zone, Islami Bank East Zone and BCB South Zone.
Shariatpur District beat Dhaka District by 1-0 goal in a Padma Zone match of Bangabandhu National Football Championship at the Kamalpur Stadium here on Tuesday.
In the day’s anther Padma Zone match, hosts Cumilla defeated Munshiganj by 3-0 goals at the Shaheed Dhirendranath Stadium.
In the day’s other match, Bangladesh Navy beat Bangladesh Air Force by 2-1 goals at BKSP ground in Savar.
In Chitra Zone, Barguna crushed Pirojpur by 2-1 goals at Barguna District Stadium, hosts Barishal crushed Jhalakati by 4-0 goals at Shaheed Abdur Rab Serniabat Stadium while Satkhira routed Patuakhali by 6-0 goals at Satkhira District Stadium.
In Shitalakshya Zone, Pabna beat Chapainawabganj by 4-1 goals at Chapainawabganj District Stadium while Joypurhat managed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Natore at Joypurhat District Stadium.
In Buriganga Zone, Magura beat hosts Gopalganj by 4-2 goals at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium, hosts Narail beat Meherpur by 1-0 goals Bir Shreshtha Nur Mohammad Stadium, Jhenaidah beat hosts Jashore by 2-1 goals at Shamsul Huda Stadium while Khulna beat Chuadanga by 2-0 goals at Khulna District Stadium.
In Brahmaputra Zone, Gaibandha beat Panchagarh by 3-2 goals in tiebreaker as the match ended in 1-1 draw in stipulated time at Shah Abdul Hamid Stadium in Gaibandha.
In the other Brahmaputra Zone matches, Dinajpur beat Thakurgaon by 3-2 goals at Dinajpur District Stadium, Kurigram played goalless draw with Nilphamari at Kurigram District Stadium while Rangpur also drew goalless with Lalmonirhat at Rangpur District Stadium.
In Surma Zone, hosts Brahmanbaria beat Chandpur by 3-1 goals at Niaz Mohammad Stadium, Sylhet beat hosts Sunamganj by 2-1 goals at the Sunamganj District Stadium while hosts Habiganj played 1-1 draw with Narsingdi at Jalal Uddin Stadium.
Bangladeshi southpaw opening batsmen Imrul Kayes and Shadman Islam are uncertain about playing in the first Test of the two-match series against Pakistan starting on February 7 in Rawalpindi.
Imrul is yet to recover from the hamstring injury sustained during the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) while Shadman has been suffering from a wrist injury.
The medical team of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to make a final decision for the opening duo. Both the openers are also uncertain to play in the first round of Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) beginning on January 31.
BCB’s chief physician Debashis Chowdhury told the media that they asked the management not to consider Shadman for the first round of BCL. The left-handed opener had to take an injection last Monday and was advised to rest for a week.
According to Debashis, Imrul improved but he needs more time to be fully fit to play international cricket. The southpaw was also advised to rest and skip the first Test against Pakistan.
Bangladesh national team has recently toured Pakistan to play a three-match T20 Internationals series and lost the series 0-2 as the 3rd match was washed out due to rain at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Reigning Champions Titas Club will play Power Development Board (PDB) in the final of Bangabandhu Popular Life Insurance Premier Division Volleyball League on Wednesday.
The match will kick-off at 3:30pm at the Shaheed Nur Hossain National Volleyball Stadium here.
In the third place-deciding match, Bangladesh Ansar & VDP will play Police SC also on Wednesday at 1:30pm at the same venue.
Secretary of Youth and Sports Ministry Md Akhter Hossain will be the Chief Guest in the final and later he will distribute the prizes.
Holders Titas Club reached to the final beating Ansar & VDP by straight 3-0 sets (25-12, 25-6, 25-19 points) in the first semifinal while PDB beat Police SC also by 3-0 sets (25-12, 25-15, 25-19 points) in the 2nd semifinal on Tuesday.
Bangladesh’s celebrated archer Ruman Shana has been promoted to the post of Lance Naik of Bangladesh Ansar & VDP.
Director General of Ansar & VDP Major General Kazi Sharif Kaikobad adorned badges to Shana, recognising his achievements in Archery on Tuesday at the headquarters Ansar & VDP in Khilgaon area.
Besides, Vice President of Bnagladesh Olympic Association and Parliament Member Mahabub Ara Begum Gini,
Additional Director General of Ansar & VDP Brigadier General AKM Asif Iqbal, Director of Sports and Culture Nurul Hasan Faridi and other distinguished personalities were present on the occasion.
“We recognise our athletes every year. We have promoted Ruman Shana to Lance Naik recognising his achievements in SA Games and other international events. Hopefully, he will continue his performance in the upcoming Bangabandhu Games and will bring glory for Ansar & VDP,” said Major General Kazi Sharif Kaikobad.
After getting promoted, Shana said, “I belong to a middle class family. The promotion will increase my salary and allowances. It will be helpful for my mother and family.”
The 24-year-old archer from Khulna, has created history in the country’s sports arena by securing a spot in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 from the World Archery Championship in the Netherlands on June last year. With the feat, Shana became the second Bangladeshi athlete to qualify in the Olympics on merit after golfer Siddikur Rahman, who took part in the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Shana also claimed first bronze medal in the world meet beating celebrated Dutch archer Van Den Berg Sjef in the quarterfinal after beating two-time world champion Kim Woojin of South Korea in the elimination round.
The feat boosted his morale and the Khulna boy made a new history in the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal on December. Shana secured total of three gold medals -- two in teams events and one in singles events – along with his two other teammates Eti Khatun and Md Sohel Rana.
The trio became the best Bangladeshi athletes in the regional games after swimmer Mosharraf Hossain Khan, who secured a record five gold medals for Bangladesh in a single edition -- three in individual events and two in relay--in the 2nd SAF Games (presently SA Games) in Dhaka in 1985.
Besides, Ruman Shana clinched his first gold in Asia Cup-World Ranking Archery Tournament (Stage-3) in Philippines on September. It was his 3rd individual international gold medal after claiming gold medals in the 1st Asian Archery Grand Pix’2014 in Thailand and in the International Archery Tournament’2017 in Kyrgyzstan.
Apart from these, Shana bagged one gold medal in a national-level archery competition this year. He bagged gold in recurve men singles of Modhumoti Bank Bangladesh Cup Archery (Stage-3) in Tongi on Sepetmber.