Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) — The country’s flagship first class cricket competition, the National Cricket League (NCL), is all set to start on Thursday. A total of eight teams will be participating, with the hope that this year’s NCL could be the best edition of this league.
In the first round of the league, tier-one teams, current champions Rajshahi Division will take on Dhaka Division in Fatullah and Rangpur will face Khulna in Khulna. Tier-two teams Barishal and Sylhet face off in Rajshahi while Dhaka Metro will lock horns with Chattogram in Dhaka.
Most of the national players will take part in NCL, which will surely increase the interest of NCL among the fans.
National opener Tamim Iqbal will play for his Chattogram in NCL while Mahmudullah Riyad will represent Dhaka Metro. Along with them, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman (Rajshahi), Mominul Haque, Naeem Hasan (Chattogram), Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain (Khulna), Shadman Islam, Abu Hider (Dhaka Metro), Abu Jayed Rahi and Ebadot Hossain (Sylhet) will also be playing in NCL.
Mominul, the captain of Chattogram, believes this edition of NCL will set a new benchmark for this event. He said: “I think this NCL will be more competitive than before. Everyone will be more focused on their game.” The Chattogram captain further said that he is pleased to have Tamim Iqbal in his team.
“I am really happy to have Tamim in our team. We know that when Tamim performs, none needs to do anything. He is such a good player. We don’t expect much from him. It will be enough if he just does own job,” Mominul told the media.
However, Chattogram have no chance to lift the trophy of NCL as a tier-two team along with Barishal, Dhaka Metro and Sylhet. The incentive for tier-two teams is to finish top and get promoted to tier-one for next year.
Marshall Ayub, the captain of Dhaka Metro, also hopes for a better NCL this time around. He said: “The authority is more concerned with the NCL this time. I think we are going to have a better edition of NCL this year. Many of the national players will participate in the event, which will surely help the youngsters to learn more.”
This year’s NCL will be played under a new point system by which every team will earn eight points for each win, but there will be only four points to share in a match that ends in a draw, meaning in a drawn match, both teams will get two points each. But if a match ends in a tie or gets abandoned, they will get four points each.
At the same time, every team will have the chance to get bonus points for the better bowling or batting performances. A team can earn 0.01 points for each run over 250 within 100 overs of their innings. At the same time, a team can earn a maximum of 1.5 points if they can bowl out their opponents within 100 overs.
BCB has introduced this point system in order to encourage results from each game. The cricketers believe, this system will inspire every team to play better.
Ahead of the league’s start, BCB set a fitness bar for all of the players. With a little exception, most of the players have to take the beep test and reach 11. Habibul Bashar, one of the members of the BCB selection committee, recently said to UNB that they will not consider any player for NCL in future who will fail to prove their fitness.
“We want the players to be fit physically in order to play in domestic cricket. We are allowing some regular performers this year to play NCL in spite of failing to meet minimum fitness. But, they will get no chance in future,” Habibul told UNB.
Rajshahi Division: Junaid Siddique, Mizanur Rahman, Jahurul Islam,
Avishek Mitra, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shabbir Rahaman, Mohaiminul Khan Chowdhury, Farhad Reza, Taijul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Shafiqul Islam, Saqlain Sajib, Md. Shakhir Hossain, Mohor Sheakh Antor
Khulna Division: Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarker, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Tushar Imran, Nahidul Islam, Robiul Islam Robi, Amit Majumder, Ziaur Rahman, Khan Abdur Razzak, Imranuzzaman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Hasanuzzaman
Dhaka Division: Nadif Chowdhury, Shuvagata Hom, Rakibul Hasan, Rony Talukdar, Abdul Majid, Taibur Rahaman, Nazmul Islam Apu, Saif Hassan, Shahadat Hossain, Joy Raj Sheikh Emon, Salauddin Sakil, Sumon Khan, Shakil Ahmed, Ridoy Khan, Jubair Hossain
Rangpur Division: Mehedi Maruf, Fardeen Hasan Oney, Mahmudul Hasan Limon, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Tanbir Hayder Khan, Shohrawardi Shuvo, Alauddin Babu, Sajedul Islam, Subashis Roy, Sanjit Saha, Robiul Haque, Myshukur Rahaman, Hamidul Islam Himel
Barishal Division: Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mosaddek Saikat, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Ashraful, Shohag Gazi, Fazle Rabbi, Monir Hossain Khan, Md. Salman Hossain Emon, Md. Nuruzzaman, Tanvir Islam, Shamsul Islam Anik, Towhidul Islam Russel, Moin Khan, Rafsan Mahmud
Chattogram Division: Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque, Sadiqur Rahman, Pinak Ghosh, Yasir Ali Rabbi, Tasamul Hoq, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Masum Khan Tutul, Mehdi Hasan, Noman Chowdhury, Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Shakawat Hossain, Irfaan Sukkur, Naeem Hasan
Dhaka Metro: Md. Shadman Islam, Rakin Ahmed, Shamsur Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Marshal Ayub, Al-Amin, Jabid Hossain, Saikat Ali, Arafat Sunny, Md. Shahidul, Abu Haider Rony, Manik Khan, Mohammed Elias, Aminul Islam Biblob
Sylhet Division: Imtiaz Hossain Chowdhury Tanna, Jakir Hasan, Jakir Ali Anik, Alok Kopali, Shahnur Rahman, Enamul Haque Jr., Rahatul Ferdous Jabed, Adu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Imran Ali Enam, Ebadot Hossain, Toufiq Khan Tusher, Nasum Ahmed, Ruhel Mia, Mizanur Rahman Sayem, Md. Rejaur Rahman Raza
Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) - After winning the five-match Youth ODI series 3-0, Bangladesh U-19 suffered first defeat against New Zealand U-19 side by four wickets in their 4th one-day match at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln on Wednesday.
Sent in to bat first, the junior Tigers put up a challenging total of 295 for eight wickets in 50 overs.
In reply, the hosts chased down the target scoring the match winner 296 for 6 in 49.1 overs to seal the victory by four wickets.
Batting first, Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen did well. Both of the openers- Tanzid Hasan and Parvez Hossain Emon- hit fifties.
Tanzid scored 51 off 44 balls with nine fours and one six while Emon finished on 55 off 82 with five fours and one six as well.
Besides, Towhid Hridoy and captain Akbar Ali also struck the fifties. Towhid hit 73 off 77 with two fours and three sixes, while Akbar posted 66 off 44 with eight fours and two sixes.
Mahmudul Hasan Joy (13), Shahadat Hossain (12) and Avishek Das (13) were the other notable batsmen reaching double digit.
For New Zealand, David Hancock bagged three wickets while the captain Jesse Tashkoff took two wickets.
In reply, New Zealand lost their first wicket just in nine runs. But in the second wicket stand, they added 122 runs, which laid the foundation for a tremendous win for them.
Number three batsman of New Zealand Fergus Lellman hit 76 off 71 with 10 fours and two sixes while opener Ollie White posted 45 runs.
After taking two wickets with the ball, New Zealand captain Jesse Tashkoff hit 66 off 77 with three fours and ensured the win for his team. They ended on 296 for six in 49.1 overs.
For Bangladesh, Asadullah Galib bagged three wickets conceding 78 runs in nine overs. However, other bowlers were poor in the middle in this game which eventually handed Bangladesh a defeat.
The fifth and last game of the series will take place on October 13 at the same venue.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) - The three-match one-day series between touring Bangladesh A team and hosts Sri Lanka A team begins on Wednesday at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Before the one-day series, the two teams played a two-match four-day series and both the matches ended in draw.
Left-handed top-order batsman Mominul Haque will lead the 2nd string Bangladesh side in one-day series, too.
Earlier, he also led Bangladesh A in the four-day series.
To play in the one-day series, five cricketers-- Abu Hider Rony, Ariful Haque, Afif Hossain, Saif Hassan and Mohammad Naim— reached Sri Lanka on Monday to join the Bangladesh A team.
Before flying for Sri Lanka, Afif told the media that he is eager to make his selection worthy in this series.
“I have been doing well for several age-level crickets for Bangladesh. I have also played in the Tri-Nation T20 series last month. Now, I have to prove my worth in one-dayers as well. I’m hopeful of doing well in Sri Lanka,” Afif told the media last Saturday.
The remaining two one-day matches will be played on October 10 and 12 at the same venue.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) — After winning the five-match Youth ODI series 3-0, Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket team will play New Zealand U-19 side in the 4th match of the series at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, New Zealand on Wednesday.
Bangladesh made a good start beating New Zealand by six wickets in the first match, featuring a good contribution by Shoriful Islam, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury and Akbar Ali.
Shoriful and Mrittunjoy bagged three wickets each while Akbar hit an unbeaten 65 runs to seal the victory.
Bangladesh earned the 2nd consecutive victory beating hosts Kiwis team by six wickets, featuring superb performance of Tanzid Hasan (65) and Mahmudul Hasan Joy (99).
The young Tigers continued their outstanding show in New Zealand tour beating the hosts by eight wickets in the 3rd match, riding on Mahmudul Hasan’s ton.
Bangladesh U-19 team are keen to continue their winning streak in the remaining matches of the series and will play the 5th and final one-day match on Sunday (October 13) at the same venue.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) - Bangladesh Women’s A team were whitewashed in the three-match one–day series against touring India Women’s A team 0-3 losing the third and final match by seven wickets at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Tuesday.
The 2nd string Indian Women’s team made a flying start in the series beating Bangladesh A team by eight wickets in the first match on Friday last and clinched the three-match series beating their Bangladesh counterparts by 68 runs in the 2nd match on Sunday.
In the day’s 3rd match, Bangladesh opted to bat first after winning the toss but failed to make a challenging total as they were all out for 128 in 44.4 overs.
Sanjida Islam made team highest 44 runs off 87 balls featuring three fours. Mursida Khatun (33), Fargana Haque Pinky (16) and Fahima Khatun (10) were the other notable batters for Bangladesh reaching double digit runs.
For India, Tanushree Sarkar, Rashi Kanojia bagged three wickets each while Devika Vadiya scalped two wickets.
In reply, India chased down the target scoring 132 runs for the loss of three wickets in 39.2 overs to win the game by a big margin of seven wickets.
Bangladesh consistently showed a poor performance in the series in both with ball and bat. They failed to create any chance against the touring side. In contrast, India looked imperious throughout the series.
Both teams will now face each other in a three-match T20 series in Cox’s Bazar. The matches will be held on October 11, 12 and 14 at Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in the beach town.