Abdur Razzak along with this roommate, teammate Tushar Imran has had same playing careers. The duo closed in on 2 significant land marks first class summits in Bangladesh. Razzak has claimed 500 first class wickets so far. When it comes to the history of Bangladesh cricket, the duo has made world records. Imran recently said that they are not only roommates, but players as well. He was happy for Razzak as both of them got a chance to cross the milestone in their last game. However, Razzak has always served brilliantly for Bangladesh as he represented the senior position for long.
The kind of comments the Bangladesh camp is making ahead of the start of the test series, it has surprised the visiting skipper Steve Smith.
A couple of Bangladeshis have come out and said that not only are they looking to win the series, they are actually looking to clean-sweep the Kangaroos.
As per Smith, Bangladesh’s overall test record so far is not great. Their winning percentage out of all the test matches they have played in their history is just 9. So for them to be talking about a clean sweep is really audacious.
But, he can see where they are coming from. The fact is that this is a home series for them and they have felt pretty comfortable playing at home in the recent times and have been able to have some good results against some good teams and they are backing themselves to have a good time against Australia as well in conditions which they know pretty well.
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.
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.
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.
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.