Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL), four-team franchise-based first-class cricket competition of the country, is set to begin on January 31.
The players’ draft of the ensuing league was held on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Walton Group and Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd will run the franchise of Central Zone and East Zone respectively while Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will run the other two franchise- BCB North Zone and BCB South Zone.
This year’s BCL will be held on single-league basis with each team playing one match against other team. In the previous season, the BCB was a double-league event.
On completion of the single league, top two teams will play in the final.
BCB official said they will try to arrange the final under artificial lights and the match will be played with pink ball and the final match will be telecast live.
Before the draft, every team retained six players from their previous squads of the last season.
Walton Central Zone retained Saif Hassan, Shuvagata Hom, Taibur Rahman, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Arafat Sunny and Shahidul Islam while Islami Bank East Zone retained Imrul Kayes, Abu Jayed Chowdhury, Afif Hossain, Mominul Haque, Naeem Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.
BCB North Zone kept Ariful Haque, Naeem Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Junaid Siddique, Sunzamul Islam and Ebadot Hossain while BCB South Zone retained Abdur Razzak, Al Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Nurul Hasan and Shafiul Islam.
BCB teams after the draft:
Walton Central Zone: Saif Hassan, Shuvagata Hom, Taibur Rahman, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Arafat Sunny, Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Rakibul Hasan, Mukidul Islam, Zakir Ali, Nazmul Islam Apu, Mohammad Naeem Sheikh, Abdul Majid, Ifran Hossain, Sohrawordi Shubho, Akbar Ali, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Islami Bank East Zone: Imrul Kayes, Abu Jayed Chowdhury, Afif Hossain, Mominul Haque, Naeem Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Rubel Hossain, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Pinak Ghosh, Hasan Mahmud, Zakir Hassan, Nasir Hossain, Taijul Islam, Amit Hassan, Riazur Rahman, Tanvir Islam, Imran Uzman, Khaled Ahmed, Roni Chowdhury, Mohammad Ashraful.
BCB North Zone: Ariful Haque, Naeem Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Junaid Siddique, Sunzamul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Rony Talukder, Suman Khan, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Rishad Hossain, Sanjit Saha, Salauddin Sakil, Zahurul Islam, Tanbir Haider Khan, Enamul Haque Jr., Mizanur Rahman, Muktar Ali, Hossain Ali
BCB South Zone: Abdur Razzak, Al Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Nurul Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Mahmudullah Riyad, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, Farhad Reza, Shamsur Rahman, Al Amin, Nasum Ahmed, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Shahriar Nafees, Rabiul Haque, Irfan Shukkur, Aminul Islam, Mahmudul Hassan Joy, Ruyel Miah.
Shakibul Hasan Bappi, captain cum wicket-keeper of Brahmanbaria Annada Government High School and Anik of Barisal Charbaria High School scored centuries in the Bangabandhu National School Cricket Tournament at two separate venues on Monday.
Annada Government High School beat Ideal Residential School & College by 174 runs in Brahmanbaria while Barisal Charbaria High School outplayed Barisal Model School by 204 runs in Barisal.
Annada High batted first and scored 275 runs featuring a hurricane innings of 161 runs by Shakibul Hasan Bappi. Vice-captain of Brahmabaria Under-16 Cricket team Bappi furnished his 118-ball innings with 20 boundaries and six over boundaries to be adjudged man of the match.
In reply, Brahmanbaria Ideal Residential School & College were all out for 101 runs.
Shanta grabbed four wickets while Nazmul took three wickets.
In the day’s another match, Barisal Charbaria High School scored 276 runs featuring 111 runs off 150 balls by Anik.
In reply, Barisal Model School were bundled out cheaply for 72 runs. Ariful, Mirajul and Joy claimed three wickets each.
In the day’s other matches, Kiamuddin High School defeated Hularhat School by 133 runs in Pirojpur while United Islamia Govt High beat Asmat Ali Khan Public School & College by three wickets in Madaripur.
Some 12,000 promising cricketers from 556 school teams are taking part in the Banglabandhu National School Cricket Tournament, arranged on the occasion of the birth centenary of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman.
The 3rd and final of the three-match T20 International series between hosts Pakistan and touring Bangladesh has been abandoned due to persistent rain at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Monday.
The match was scheduled to start at 3pm (Bangladesh time) at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. But after waiting for more than two hours, the match officials called off the match.
After the day’s ill-fated match, Pakistan won the series 2-0 to maintain their top slot in the ICC T20 Ranking.
Before the day’s match, Bangladesh lost both of their matches, first match by six wickets before enduring a nine-wicket defeat in the 2nd match.
In both the matches, Bangladeshi batsmen were clueless to come up with an aggressive manner of batting. They, however, were eager to end the series with a victory in the last game. But the rain didn’t give the Tigers a chance to do it.
Bangladesh team is scheduled to back home tonight. They will return to Pakistan again early next month to play the first Test of the two-match series starting from February 7 at Rawalpindi Stadium.
Tigers will fly to Pakistan once again in April to play one ODI and the last Test of the two-match series. The ODI will take place on April 3 at the Karachi National Stadium while the Test will start on April 5 at the same venue.
The third and final T20 International of the three-match series between Pakistan and Bangladesh has been delayed by rain.
The match was scheduled to start at 3pm (Bangladesh time) at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. But as per the latest update at 3:40pm (Bangladesh time), the rain was continuing and the match was delayed further.
Before this game, Bangladesh lost the first two games of the series and lost the series as well.
In the first match, Bangladesh lost by six wickets before enduring a nine-wicket defeat in the second game.
In both matches, Bangladeshi batsmen were clueless to come up with an aggressive manner of batting.
Bangladesh team are scheduled to back home tonight. They will return to Pakistan again on early next month to play the first Test of the two-match series starting from February 7 at Rawalpindi Stadium.
Touring Bangladesh National Cricket Team are looking for a consolation win against Pakistan when they lock horns in the 3rd and last game of the three-match T20 series at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Monday.
The match will kick off at 3pm Bangladesh time.
Before the series, Tigers’ captain Mahmudullah Riyad and coach Russell Domingo insisted that they were upbeat about winning the series in Pakistan.
The Tigers lost the first game of the series by six wickets and suffered a humiliating nine-wicket defeat in the second game to lose the three-match series.
Bangladesh failed to pose a challenging performance in the middle in both the games.
But right-arm pacer Shafiul Islam has said they are upbeat to win the last match of the series. “We always try to win whenever we play a series. We came here to win the series. But the situation didn’t come in our way. Now, we’ve one more match to play. We’re confident of winning the match before returning home,” he told the media on Sunday.
In both of the previous games, Bangladesh won the toss and batted first. But they failed to post a decent total on both occasions. In the first game, Bangladesh posted 141 on the board and in the next game, they scored only 136 runs which is now the two lowest scores in the venue.
Shafiul said the Tigers made some mistakes repeatedly which has narrowed the chance for Bangladesh to win the series. According to the pacer, even a small mistake can ruin the game in the T20 format.
“I don’t know why (we’re failing in Pakistan). Everyone is trying their best to perform well. Maybe Pakistan are having their days. The small mistakes are big in the T20 format. I think it was the reason behind our dismal show,” he added.
“We’ve the ability (to beat Pakistan). But our team are so young. Apart from Tamim (Iqbal) and Mahmudullah (Riyad), we’re a young team. But we’ve played in the BPL and did well. In the first match, we were short by a few runs. In the second match, Babar (Azam) and (Mohammad) Hafeez played superbly, and that’s why we lost,” the pacer further said.
Bangladesh had included six batsmen in the T20 squad for Pakistan tour which has failed to come up with a good result for the team. With the T20 World Cup ahead, Domingo must need to rethink his strategy to build a strong T20 team.
After the T20 series, the Tigers will return home. And they will travel to Pakistan again in February to play a one Test starting from February 7.