31-year-old Bangladesh crickter Alok Kapali held his nerve when Comillia Victorians have needed 21 runs from last eight balls. Kapali hit four boudaries to win the last ball thrilier for Comilla Victorians against Dhaka Dynamites in the Shere Bangla National Stadium of Dhaka. Pakistan’s 34-year-old domestic player Ashar Zaidi has been adjudged man of the series for his all-round performance in the tournament.
The tournamnet was a platform for Bangladesh players to perform well and impress the slectors with ICC World T20 2016 in India is knocking at the door. But, four budding talent from Bangladesh and West Indies have been outstanding in the tournament. They were not in discussion before the start of the tournament but as the summit clash of the tournament got over these four colts have become a talking points across Bangladesh.
Three of the four have not played any matches for their country till now. But, their performance on the slow turning pitch of Bangladesh must have impressed the slectors of respective countries before the next years’ World T20 in India.
Here are that four finds of Bangladesh Premier League
1)Evin Lewis of West Indies
This West Indies U-19 product has been rising through the ranks. The lefthanded opening batsman from Trinidada and Tobago is the only batsman in the Bangladesh Premier League who hit a hundred while playing for Barisal Bulls.
The West Indies batsman has the potential to replace his hard hitting predecessors in near future. In his seven matches sojourn in Bangladesh, he hit 13 boundaries and seven six. Lewis in the Carribean Premier League (CPL) scored 222 runs in 10 matches. His highest was 82. But, a fascinating thing about this young talent is his strike rate. In BPL, his strike rate was 119.83 which was not much different from his CPL strike rate 124.02.
2) Yasir Ali of Bangladesh
This 19-year colt is a part of Bangladesh U-19 team. This year he has won the Bangladesh Premier League with Chittagong Vikings. The right handed batsman of Bangladesh National Cricket Academy has played seven matches for his franchise. In the summit clash of the tournamnet, his running between the wicket was blocked by Mustafizur Rahman. He was, unfortunately, got run out at when Vikings were 24 for 2 while chasing Dhaka Dynamites’ 156.
Ali is a result of Bangladesh’ new development in cricket infrastructure. He belongs to Chittagong and caught the eye of slectors with his performnace in domestrict cricket. He needs time to be matured for an international debut.
3)Abul Hasan of Bangladesh
The 23-year-old Bangladesh cricketer already played three Tests, six ODIs and four T20s. He yet to blossom in international cricket. He displyed his potential in his Test debut in 2012 against West Indies. He hit a brillaint hundred coming at No. 10 which was also the highest Test score at this batting position. His hundred came at a condition when other Bangladesh batsmen struggle against West Indies bowlers.
But, Hasan is not a specialist batsman. He has the potential to become a utility allrounder for Bangladesh.
He played 10 matches during this BPL for runners up Dhaka Dynamites. He took 11 wicktes. He has to wait a few more years to be regular in Bangladesh team which is filled with too many talented youngsters.
4)Abu Hider of Bangladesh
This 19-year old has been a buzz throughout the tournament. In the middle of the tournamnet, he has become the leading wicket taker of the tournamnet. He holds the record till the grand finale of the tournamnet. While playing for chmapion Comilla Victorians, he has taken 21 wicktes in 12 matches. If he has not gone wicketless in the final match he could be the leading wicket taker of the series. But, Kevon Cooper of West Indies who played for runners up Dhaka Dinamites edged past Haydar with one wicket.
Hider played an instrumental role in Comilla’s performance in the league. He has been declared the most expensive Bangladesh player of the tournamnet. He has now become a sensation in Bangladesh. But, just before the tourament, he was an unkonown colt among the big boys.