Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB) – The final of the Prime Bank Young Tigers National School Cricket Championship between defending champions Bogura Police Lines School & College and Chattogram Division champions Cumilla High School will be held on Tuesday (April 23) at the Rangpur Cricket Garden.
The title-deciding match will kick off at 9am.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Director and General Secretary of Rangpur Division and District Sports Associations Advocate Anwarul Islam and Additional Managing Director of meet’s sponsor Prime Bank Limited Mohammad Golam Rabbani are expected to witness the final and distribute the prizes.
Earlier in the semifinals on Sunday, Cumilla High School eliminated Barishal Division champions Pirojpur Govt High School by 37 runs while holders Bogura Police Lines High School eliminated Rangpur Division champions Rangpur Shisu Niketon High School by 16 runs.
A total of 11,120 promising cricketers from 558 schools took part in 958 preliminary round matches across the country, in addition to seven national championship matches, organised by BCB and sponsored by Prime Bank Limited.
Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB) - Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh on Monday said he is worried about the pace bowlers who have been going through injuries, and who have some niggles.
“Three out five we have today are injured – Fizz, Rubel, and Saifuddin -- who have the tennis elbow. We need to get them back into bowling, within the right frame of mind, and be sharp enough to do a bit of bowling in Ireland and be ready for the World Cup,” Courtney said while conducting the first practice camp of the Bangladesh squad for the World Cup.
Mustafizur, the left-arm pacer, has been suffering from an ankle injury what he sustained during a game in the Dhaka League on April 11. The chief physician of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has said he needs to take rest for two weeks. However, Mustafizur has already started practice.
The southpaw is considered the biggest weapon of the Tigers in the World Cup, according to Walsh. At the same time, he said, Bangladesh do not rely on a single player.
“He has got a big role to play in the World Cup, once he is fit. But, I don’t think we rely on any one player. Shakib, Mash and Rubel have been consistent. Fizz hasn’t been as sharp since his injury, and he keeps picking up slight niggles. A fully fit Mustafizur can win games for you but we have to have him as fit as possible,” Walsh further said.
“We have a bit of time on our side. My concern is that I hope we don’t over-rush him, and probably use him too much in Ireland, and he is not fresh for the World Cup,” the said.
While Mustafizur has injury at his ankle, Ruble has been nursing a side strain which suffered during a game for Abahani Limited in the Dhaka League as well. Due to that blow, he was out of action since March 25. On the other hand, Saifuddin is suffering from tennis elbow which needs much time to heal.
On the first day of practice camp, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal were present along with Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman. Most of the other national cricketers are busy playing in the Dhaka League which is set to end on April 23.
Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB) — Bangladesh started off their World Cup preparation camp on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium with only five players of the squad.
Most of the national players are busy with Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League which will end on April 23.
The players who were present at the camp on the first day are Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman. Most of them batted for more than 30 minutes each on the central wicket of Sher-e-Bangla.
Mohammad Saifuddin and Soumya Sarkar also came to the camp but they did not take part in any drill.
Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan, the star all-rounder, decided to stay back in India and take part in IPL. He is now set to back home before May 1.
Apart from Sunil Joshi, all of the other members of coaching staff were present at the camp. According to the current schedule, the camp will continue until April 29 with two rest days.
Tigers will then fly to Ireland to take part in a tri-series involving the hosts and West Indies. They will start their World Cup campaign on June 2 against South Africa.
Bangladesh Cricket Board announced the 15-member squad on April 16. Abu Jayed Rahi, the right-arm fast bowler, came as the lone surprise as the selectors decided Taskin Ahmed was not fit enough to play in the World Cup.
The selectors have included uncapped batsman Yasir Ali Rabbi and Nayeem Hasan for the tri-series in Ireland. They said that Yasir and Nayeem could get a chance in the World Cup team if they play well in Ireland.
Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB) — Bangladeshi ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has decided to play in the IPL instead of joining Tigers’ World Cup camp, a top cricket board official said Monday.
“We’ve spoken with him and he’s decided to stay,” Akram Khan, chairman of Cricket Operation Committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), told UNB.
“He might join the camp later,” he said.
Tigers’ World Cup preparatory camp started on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Tigers’ bowling coach Courtney Walsh has welcomed Shakib’s decision. He believes it is fine for Shakib to play some matches in IPL that will help him prepare better.
“Personally I’d like him to play in IPL and get sharper ahead of the World Cup. He just came out from an injury, and match practice is the key for him,” Walsh told reporters on Monday.
Shakib was out of action for more than a month and a half due to a finger injury sustained during the last Bangladesh Premier League in February. He took part in IPL after recovering from the injury.
At the start of the IPL season, Shakib represented Sunrisers Hyderabad in a match but failed to impress.
Bangladesh will fly to Ireland to play a tri-series with the hosts and West Indies before World Cup. It is believed that Shakib will join Bangladesh team before May 1.
Dhaka, Apr 21 (UNB) — Soumya Sarkar struck a brilliant century in Savar on Sunday as Abahani Limited beat Legends of Rupganj by 102 runs in the Super League of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League.
With this win, Abahnai recaptured the top place of the points table removing Rupganj. Both teams now have 24 points but Abahani have a better run-rate.
Abahani won the toss at BKSP and posted a mammoth 377 for seven wickets. Jahurul Islam and Soumya made 169 in the first-wicket stand. Jahurul struck 75 off 83 with six fours and two sixes while Soumya ended up on 106 off 79 with 15 fours and two sixes.
Relying on this strong platform, Mohammad Mithun hit an explosive 64 off 34 with seven fours and two sixes. Najmul Hossain Shanto (24), Wasim Jaffer (46) and Sabbir Rahman (33) also contributed well with the bat.
For Rupganj, Mohammad Shahid and Taskin Ahmed took two wickets each while Subashis Roy and Nabil Samad took one wicket each.
In reply, Mohammad Naim carried the bat through the innings and posted an unbeaten 123 off 135 with 13 fours and two sixes. However, Rupganj managed to score only 275 for seven wickets in 50 overs.
Along with Naim, Mohammad Shahid was the other batsman to show some batting prowess, posting 53 off 47 with four fours and four sixes.
For Abahani, Mehidy Hasan Miraz bagged three wickets while Mashrafe Bin Mortaza took two wickets.
Soumya was adjudged the man of the match.
In the other two matches of the Super League, Mohammedan Sporting Club beat Prime Bank Sporting Club in Dhaka by seven wickets while Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club beat Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in BKSP by seven wickets as well.
Mohammedan won the toss and sent Prime Bank to bat first. They tumbled for 174 in 42.2 overs. Alok Kapali was their best batsman hitting 43 runs. Along with him, Nahidul Islam, Monir Hossain and Abdur Razzak posted 26, 22 and 22 respectively.
For Mohammedan, Saqlain Sajib bagged four wickets while Sohag Gazi took three.
In reply, Abdul Mazid and Raqibul Hasan hit fifties to chase the target in 35 overs (175/3) losing three wickets. Sajib was the man of the match for his four-wicket haul conceding 40 runs in 10 overs.
At BKSP, Sheikh Jamal, sent to bat first, posted 243 runs before they were all out in 49.3 overs. Tanbir Hyder was the best scorer of them hitting 69 off 63 with five fours and two sixes. Besides him, Imtiaz Hossain, Rakin Ahmed and Nurul Hasan hit 33, 38 and 36 respectively.
For Prime Doleshwar, Farhad Reza and Taibur Rahman bagged three wickets each.
In reply, Saif Hassan struck unbeaten 148 off 116 with 10 fours and 11 sixes to seal the game for Prime Doleshwar. Farhad Hossain was the second highest scorer for Doleshwar hitting 78 off 80 with seven fours and three sixes. They ended up on 244 for three in 38.3 overs.
Saif was the man of the match for his unbeaten century.
In the last match of the Relegation League on the same day, Brothers Union beat BKSP by six wickets relying on the century of Fazle Mahmud and stayed on the Premier League race.
BKSP batted first in the match and posted 235 runs for seven wickets. Brothers chased it successfully in 47.2 overs (241/4). Fazle Mahmud was the man of the match.