Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – All the matches of the T20 version of the 12-team Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) beginning here on Monday (February 25) will get the List ‘A’ status.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has granted the status and informed the International Cricket Council of it accordingly, said its senior media manager Rabeed Imam on Tuesday.
As per the decision, all the records of the local T20 league will now enter into the record books like 50–over-a-side Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, which got the List A status earlier.
Twelve teams, split into four groups, will take part in the shorter version of the league and later the group champions will play in the semifinals on March 1 and the final will be held on March 3, all at Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur under floodlights.
Foreign cricketers are allowed to play in the T20 league, but only one foreign player will be entitled to play for a team in the 50-over league.
This T20 league is considered as a preparatory event of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) ahead of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League scheduled to start on March 8. If it can produce some quality matches and some good T20 performances, it might continue in the future.
Most of the other Test-playing nations have more than one T20 domestic league but Bangladesh only has the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Now, the local players found another opportunity to flourish their T20 prowess in the DPDCL T20.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – Soccer Club, Feni managed a 2-0 goals victory over Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at the Kamalapur Stadium here on Tuesday.
Saddam put Soccer Club ahead in the 24th minute and scored the 2nd goals in the stoppage time of the first half (45+2 minute).
Wari Club will play Dhaka City FC in Wednesday’s lone match at 3:15 pm at the same venue.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – Bottom-placed Team BJMC made the biggest upset in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football forcing Independence Cup champions and star-studded Bashundhara Kings to drop their first point after five consecutive victories in a goalless draw at their home venue --Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali -- on Tuesday.
With this, big-budgeted Bashundhara Kings remained at the 2nd slot in the 13-team league with unbeaten record securing 16 points from six matches with five wins and a draw after defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited, which dominated the league table securing 18 points from seven matches with six wins and a loss against Bashundhara Kings.
With the day’s inspiring draw, winless Team BJMC slightly improved their position in the league table collecting three points from seven encounters.
The forwards of Bashundhara Kings failed to perform their usual skills in an unplayable ground and failed to make any fruitful attempt in the entire first half and it continued in the 2nd half too.
Besides, the Kings were reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute when national coloured defender Nasiruddin Chowdhury received red card after making a foul against BJMC Nigerian forward Samson Iliasu.
The day’s other match between two mediocre teams -- Muktijoddha Sangsad KC and Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society -- ended in 2-2 draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Ballo Farmoussa scored both the goals for the freedom fighters’ team, Muktijoddha SKC, in the 14th and 20th minute before the team were reduced to 10 men as their Japanese booter Yusuke Tako got marching order in the 24th minute of the match.
Taking the advantage of the 10-man side, Siyo Zunapio and Rakhine scored two goals for the old Dhaka outfit Rahmatganj in the 52nd and 56th minute respectively.
After the match, Muktijoddha SKC secured seven points from six matches while Rahmatganj MFS bagged three points playing as many matches.
Barguna, Feb 19 (UNB)- The player selection process for the proposed Sheikh Kamal U-20 Football Championship, organised by Bangladesh District and Divisional Football Association (BDDFA), came to an end on Tuesday with the selection of players of Barishal division at the Barguna Stadium here.
The player selection process for the tournament that began in Chattogram Division in November last concluded on Tuesday (Feb 19) after successful completion of the programme across eight divisions of the country.
The selected players of all the eight divisions of the country will undergo a month-long training before the tournament begins in the middle of April next.
BDDFA secretary general Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin who was the chief guest at the day’s closing ceremony presented the “Yes Card” to finally selected 30 players out of initially chosen 60 of the division, who came under the scrutiny process from the six districts of Barishal division.
“We want to see the future stars of football from the tournament. We’re very happy to complete the selection process and we firmly believe that the players will be able to contribute to the development of Bangladesh football,” said Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin.
BDDFA Vice-president Sirajuddin Md Alamgir, Secretary General of Bangladesh District and Divisional Sports Organisers Association (Forum) Ashikur Rahman Miku and general secretary of Mymensingh Divisional Sports Association Abdullah Al Fuad Redwan and President of Barguna DFA Alamgir Hossain were also present on the occasion.
Selected players will represent Barishal Division in the eight-team Sheikh Kamal U-20 Football Championship in April.
The chosen players are: Rakib Hawlader, Mehedi Hasan, Akash Fakir, Mohammad Sharif, Mashiur Rahman, Sajib Hossain, Nayan Hawlader, Mohammad Riaz, Mohammad Russell, Apu Biswas, Imam Hossain, Mohammad Uzzal, Ahsan Habib, Masud Rana, Mujahid Islam, Al-Amin, Shahidul Islam, Jakir Hossain, Mohammad Sajib, Mohammad Tarek, Mohammad Mithun, Sirajul Islam, Fardin Talukder, Ola Chin, Ruhul Amin Shahin, Prosenjit, Imran Hawlader, Shohagh Sheikh, Ponir Talukder and Mohammad Moniruzzaman.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) — Bangladesh are looking to ending the three-match ODI series against New Zealand on a positive note.
Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza on Tuesday said they are keen to earn some confidence in the final match of the series when they face the hosts on February 20 at 4am (Bangladesh time).
Tigers lost the first two matches. Bangladesh failed to execute their plan, especially, in the first 10 overs in both matches when they lost too many wickets.
Mashrafe said they are expecting a relatively batting wicket in Dunedin where they played only one ODI back in 2010 and lost the match by five wickets.
But this time around, Mashrafe is confident of exploiting the batting wicket.
“This is (the wicket of University Oval, Dunedin) very good wicket to bat on. We played a Test match here before. We batted well in that match (137 and 254),” he said.
“I know about New Zealand and England match here. England posted 335, New Zealand chased it down in 49 overs. So we are expecting a very good batting track here and will plan the game accordingly,” he told a pre-match press conference.
“Perhaps this is the last match before picking the World Cup squad. There is nothing much to bring changes to the team. The guys are experienced enough to do well. Things did not go the way we wanted in the last two outings. But still, we have a chance to pick up confidence from the last match before going to Ireland and World Cup,” the captain said.
Bangladesh will miss the service of Mohammad Mithun in the last game as the middle-order batsman has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury which he sustained in the second game of the series. Mithun scored fifties in the first two games.
Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mashud confirmed a scan suggested Mithun needs at least 10-12 days to recover and he might be available in the first Test which is slated to start from February 28.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is also uncertain for the last match. The team manager said: “Mushfiqur is also suffering from a side strain. We are not sure about his participation in the last match. It will be decided after the pre-match warm-up.”
Due to Mithun’s injury, Bangladesh need to make at least one change to the playing XI. Mominul Haque, who is in New Zealand to play the Test series, might be included in ODI. Bangladesh team management might also call Rubel Hossain back in the playing XI.
The right-handed pacer went to New Zealand scalping 22 wickets in 15 matches of Bangladesh Premier League but he was overlooked in the first two matches.