June 4, 2017

The Dhaka Premier League is set to resume after the three day break for Pahela Baishakh festivities.

Abahani would play Partex Sporting Club with Mahmudullah leading them; Brothers Union would face off with Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club, while Legends of Rupganj would play Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi with Mushfiqur Rahim and Abdur Razzak going head to head. The second round of the league promises excitement.

Partex Sporting were disappointing in their last game and Abahani would be hoping to ride on their good run to get a victory. They defeated Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samiti though it was a keen contested one. Abahani had lost three wickets only for Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain to jointly help them recover. Hossain’s century, which is now regular, sealed victory for them.

Partex Sporting, who are playing in the DPL for the first time, are still struggling with the demands of playing at the top level. Against Abahani, they would rely on first class games’ star and new addition Yashpal Singh. The foreigner scored a half century in the last match but he would face tougher opposition.

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Nazmul Hassan Denies Mahmudullah Riyad going back to Country

April 30, 2017

Nazmul Hassan has dismissed the reports that Mahmudullah Riyad would be flown back home from Sri Lanka because of his form being horrible.

Mahmudullah is a very senior player of Bangladesh and has been a pillar in their batting order over a length of time, but, his test match stats have not been quite up to the standard of late and that’s why, he was unlikely to be picked in the XI for the next match in Colombo.

But, a statement came out of the Bangladesh camp yesterday that Mahmudullah was not just out of the contention for Colombo match, he would actually be leaving the tour altogether and would be on the plane to Bangladesh pretty soon.

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January 22, 2017

To take part in the U19 Asia Cup are the Pakistan squad, made up of 21 squad members, which includes six officials. The team journeyed from Karachi to Colombo on Tuesday.

The squad is led by Nasir Nawaz, and includes some of the most promkising youngsters of the country, in the revamped national team that was selected, based on the premise that the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) ruling allowed only players eligible to play in the World Cup, to participate in the Asian Cup.

In Pool B sits Pakistan alongside Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Singapore. Their opening match would be played on Thursday at the Galle International Stadium against Singapore. Their next ties will see them go head-on with Afghanistan on Friday whilst they would go face to face on Sunday with Bangladesh.

The semi-finals, two, will be played on December 20 and 21, with the final scheduled to hold on the 23rd of December.

There are a total of eight teams competing in the tournament, including India, Pakistan’s arch-rival and Sri Lanka, the hosts.

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Mustafizur Rahman may win Purple Cap soon in IPL

August 4, 2016

The Bangladeshi left arm medium pacer Mustafizur Rahman doesn’t have the purple cap in the Indian Premier League at the moment, nor is he in top 5 in the wicket taking list, but, there is no bowler in the whole tournament that has been as impactful as him.

He bowls the 19th over for Hyderabad and the 19th over is the most important in tight games, even more than the 20th because it’s an over which sets the game up and as a team, you don’t want the momentum to go against you by leaking runs in that over.

But, rarely does Mustafizur go for more than ten runs in the 19th over and he always ensures the bowler coming on to bowl the last over has lesser pressure on him than the batsman.

And not only the penultimate over, Mustafizur is called upon by David warner whenever Hyderabad is under pressure, at any stage.

Warner doesn’t start the bowling with him, but, if there is hitting from the opposition early on, Mustafizur is his banker and the leftie almost always produces a tight over, giving away just 3 or 4 runs.

An over like that does not always find space in the highlights package because it is a sort of non-event. But, impact wise, any such over is huge.
You see the economy of Mustafizur, it is not even 7 in the whole tournament.

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T20 is still arguable due to Boundaries Variations

June 7, 2016

It’s really arguable how fair it is to play Twenty 20 Cricket on small grounds with 60-metre boundaries.

Yes, to say that the Twenty 20 format is for sheer entertainment is a valid point and it is also acceptable that the main source of entertainment in Cricket is fours and sixes.

But, at the same time, you want the skill factor to remain in the game as well and don’t want the mishits to carry to the fence which they often do at most of the venues these days.

Also, from the bowlers’ point of view, it’s so harsh. The game is already unfairly tilted against them with the rules and a lot of other things which include the flat pitches and massive bats and now, to have the boundaries so short as well, it’s like demoralizing them.

Yesterday in Bangalore in the first qualifier game of the Indian Premier League 2016, the batsmen were defeated so many times with spin and bounce, but, still the splices or the half hits as they call them, they all flew over the ropes and there was a smile on the bowlers’ face every time it happened because it was ridiculous.

Ideally, the game should always be balanced where every player can feel he will get the rewards of executing his skills well.

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Chris Morris is quickly becoming the all rounder that South Africa had been searching for a long time

March 3, 2016

Chris Morris is quickly becoming the all rounder that South Africa had been searching for a long time.
Morris, at a young age itself, was identified as someone who could take the place of Jacques Kallis as the genuine all rounder in the South African line up.
But, he couldn’t quite convert his batting potential into performances in the early stages of his international career.
However, recently, the manner in which he has finished a couple of games for South Africa batting at no. 8, it would have given a lot of encouragement to the team management.
If he had not been there, South Africa would probably have lost the One Day International series against England.
In the 4th game which was a must-win for them, the Proteas had got only two wickets left in the shed and they were still 50 odd runs short of the target.
It was almost all over for them, but, only for Morris to come up with an absolute master class from nowhere and just run away with the chase.
And, that innings was special because it was played in tricky conditions.
The ball was seaming around that night in Centurion and hitting through the line was not the easiest job in the world.
And, to prove those people wrong who were of the view that the Centurion knock was a mere fluke from Morris, the 28-year old did it again in the first twenty 20 game against England in Cape Town.

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