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Moniruzzaman, Bangladesh Umpire Quits Umpiring After Shakib Al Hasan And Mahmudullah Lose Composure Over Umpiring Decisions

Moniruzzaman, Bangladesh umpire has decided to give up umpiring after the controversy surrounding Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah in the Dhaka T20 League. Moniruzzaman wasn’t a part of the game when Mohammedan Sporting Club’s Shakib Al Hasan smashed and kicked the stumps, but he was the TV umpire when Mahmudullah lost his composure over an umpiring decision.

Even as Shakib Al Hasan was fined USD 5800 (Taka 5 lakh) and was suspended for three matches, Mahmudullah copped a fine of Taka 20,000 for his level-2 offence.

Shakib Al Hasan flings the stumps after umpire Mahfuzur Rahman calls for the covers Walton
Shakib Al Hasan flings the stumps after umpire Mahfuzur Rahman calls for the covers Walton.

Moniruzzaman Don’t Want To Umpire Anymore

Moniruzzaman was clear-cut in saying that the umpires deserve better treatment after watching the two of the best Bangladesh cricketers losing their temper and treating umpires poorly.

“Enough is enough for me and I don’t want to umpire anymore. Umpires can make mistakes but if we are treated in this manner, there is no point in doing it anymore because I am not in it just for the money,” Moniruzzaman told Cricbuzz.

Gazi Group Cricketers captain Mahmudullah reacts to an umpiring decision during their DPL Super League match against Prime Bank at Mirpur on Wednesday. — Courtesy photo
Gazi Group Cricketers captain Mahmudullah reacts to an umpiring decision during their DPL Super League match against Prime Bank at Mirpur on Wednesday. — Courtesy photo

“I was not involved in Shakib’s game. The way he behaved was something very hard for me to digest. In the Mahmudullah match, I was the TV umpire and watching the episode closely. It left me numb and at that point, I decided not to carry on with umpiring,” he stated.

Mahmudullah, the captain of Ghazi Tank Cricketers, laid down on the ground making an appeal during a match against Prime Bank Cricket Club.

Mahmudullah was found guilty of a Level-2 offence and was fined Taka two lakhs. Shakib Al Hasan’s temper flared up on two different occasions in one Dhaka Premier League (DPL) match between Mohammedan Sporting franchise’s game against Abahani Limited when he first kicked the stumps, and later uprooted a whole set of them and flung them to the ground.

Moniruzzaman Was Doing Umpiring For The Love Of Cricket Since He Got Just The Match Fee

Moniruzzaman, who was a part of Bangladesh’s ICC Emerging Panel, was employed with a private company and picked up umpiring for the passion of cricket. But the recent incidents surrounding Bangladesh cricket’s stalwarts have left him absolutely stunned.

“I am not an employee of the BCB and considering the money the umpires get from the board, I cannot take this. I was doing it out of love for the game because I used to get just the match fee. I am fortunate nothing untoward happened with me so far but who knows I might be a subject of humiliation in the next game,” he added.

Moniruzzaman quits umpiring after Shakib, Riyad controversy in DPL
Moniruzzaman quits umpiring after Shakib, Riyad controversy in DPL

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), in the meantime, has confirmed Moniruzzaman’s retirement. Back in 2003, Moniruzzaman had played two ODIs for his country. Overall, he played 27 first-class and 18 List A matches where he scored over 1,500 runs with two centuries and seven fifties with a top score of 151. He also picked up three wickets in red-ball cricket.

Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020 Getty Images
Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020 Getty Images
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Mahmudullah Recalled To Bangladesh Test Squad

Mahmudullah has been recalled to the Bangladesh Test squad after an absence of over a year. The 35-year-old batsman, who is the captain of the Bangladesh T20I team, last played a Test in February 2020.

Injuries to senior players keeper Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal led to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) turning to Mahmudullah.

Mahmudullah last played a Test for Bangladesh in February 2020.
Mahmudullah last played a Test for Bangladesh in February 2020. (Reuters Photo)

Mahmudullah Returns To The Test Squad While Shakib Al Hasan Whose Last T20I Came In September 2019 Returns To T20I Squad

Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020, against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, and was subsequently left out of the series against Zimbabwe last year and against West Indies and Sri Lanka this year. Mahmudullah was also among a handful of cricketers to be given a white-ball-only central contract in 2020.

He averages 31.77 amassing 2764 runs from 93 innings in 49 Tests but was inconsistent and didn’t show much sign of improvement in the lead-up to his axing. He was in form in early 2019, scoring 22, 146, 13, and 67 in the two-Test series in New Zealand, but then had a top score of 39* in four Test matches, where he totalled only 109 runs in eight innings. Though out of the red-ball side, the 35-year-old has been a regular in the Bangladesh white-ball teams.

“During an emergency meeting yesterday that included the selectors, the board president (Nazmul Hassan) and myself, we decided that we can’t take a chance with the injuries,” BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan is quoted as saying.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

“Because of the situation, we decided to make the squad bigger. We are 80 percent sure that he (Rahim) can play, but we don’t want to take a chance. We want to have a backup batsman in the squad.”

The Zimbabwe tour also marks the return of all-rounder and former captain Shakib Al Hasan to the Bangladesh Test and T20I squads. Shakib Al Hasan last played a Test match against West Indies in February.

He missed the three Tests against Sri Lanka as he was playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2021 Indian Premier League before the tournament was postponed due to a bio-bubble breach. His last T20I came in September 2019, after which a thigh injury forced him out of Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand.

Bangladesh Plays Zimbabwe In 1 Test, 3 ODIs And 3 T20Is

Tamim Iqbal also returns to the T20I squad after taking leave from the New Zealand tour. Bangladesh plays Zimbabwe in one Test, three ODIs, and as many T20Is in a tour that will last from July 7 to July 27.

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. – AFP

Tamim Iqbal withdrew from the Super League stage of Prime Bank Cricket Club’s campaign in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) after suffering a knee injury, while Mushfiqur Rahim has a fractured finger, which he sustained last week while playing in a DPL match. The wicket-keeper batsman, in a major blow to Bangladesh, had fractured his index finger ahead of the Zimbabwe series.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the top scorer in the recently-concluded 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at home. He scored 237 runs in the three matches and helped Bangladesh win their first ODI series against Sri Lanka by scoring 125 in the second ODI.

Bangladesh Cricket Board cricket operations chairman Akram Khan said Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim are recovering from injuries, and thus added Mahmudullah for his experience. Mahmudullah has played 49 Tests scoring 2764 runs at an average of 31.77. He has also picked up 43 wickets.

Test squad: Mominul Haque (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain, Shoriful Islam
ODI squad: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Shoriful Islam
T20I squad: Mahmudullah (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim
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Mushfiqur Rahim Fractures Index Finger Ahead Of Zimbabwe Series

Mushfiqur Rahim, wicket-keeper batsman, in a major blow to Bangladesh, has fractured his index finger ahead of the Zimbabwe series. Mushfiqur Rahim sustained the injury while playing in a Dhaka Premier League (DPL) T20 match on Monday. The scan reports were released on Tuesday which revealed the extent of the injury.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the top scorer in the recently-concluded 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at home. He scored 237 runs in the three matches and helped Bangladesh win their first ODI series against Sri Lanka by scoring 125 in the second ODI.

Mushfiqur Rahim (Image: ICC)
Mushfiqur Rahim (Image: ICC)

Mushfiqur Rahim Has Come Up With A Hairline Fracture On His Left Index Finger

Mushfiqur Rahim had earlier chosen to skip the T20I series during the Zimbabwe visit. He informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board about his choice. This is the first run through Mushfiqur Rahim has requested a break in his international vocation up from when he has been injured. Since making his first appearance in 2005, he has addressed Bangladesh in 74 Tests, 227 ODIs, and 86 T20I games.

“We did a CT scan on Mushfiq’s hand, which has come up with a hairline fracture on his left index finger,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Debashish Chowdhury, BCB’s chief physician, as saying.

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. – AFP

“We have asked him to take a break of one week, but we are hopeful that the recovery won’t take too long since it is a hairline fracture. We will review the injury after one week, and then we can determine what to do next,” he added.

Bangladesh is slated to leave for Zimbabwe on June 29 to lock horns in a one-off Test, three ODIs, and as many T20Is. The ODI series will form part of the inaugural 2020–2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. Bangladesh last toured Zimbabwe in April and May 2013. Originally, two Test matches were scheduled to be played on the tour, but one of them was removed in place of an extra T20I match.

Mushfiqur Rahim Had Earlier Informed The Selectors That He Wanted To Pull Out Of The T20I Series Against Zimbabwe

Earlier this month, Mushfiqur Rahim had informed the selectors that he wanted to pull out of the T20I series against Zimbabwe. Last month, Bangladesh clinched the ODI series against Sri Lanka 2-1 after suffering a loss in the third ODI. Mushfiqur Rahim played a key role in Bangladesh’s triumph scoring 237 runs in three games including a stunning ton.

Bangladesh have lost five out of seven away ODI series since April 2015 AFP/Getty Images
Bangladesh have lost five out of seven away ODI series since April 2015 AFP/Getty Images

After the series win, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said he wants the side to come out victorious in games away from home. Bangladesh’s recent 2-1 win over Sri Lanka was their tenth ODI series win at home out of the last 11 such engagements going back to 2015. However, the picture is very different when playing ODIs – perhaps their favourite format – away from home.

They have the best win-loss ratio at home since April 2015 (minimum 20 ODIs played), but among the worst away win-loss ratios in the same period. This, a result of Bangladesh having lost five out of seven away ODI series in this period, their only win coming against West Indies in 2018 after tying the series against Sri Lanka the previous year.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
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Ummey Al Hasan Backs Husband Shakib Al Hasan Saying It’s A Plot To “Portray Him As A Villain”

Ummey Al Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan’s wife, has come out in support of her husband after Bangladesh’s star cricketer kicked stumps and argued with umpires during a Dhaka Premier League match on Friday. Playing for Mohammedan Sporting’s against Abahani Limited, Shakib Al Hasan had a shocking on-field meltdown.

The cricketer kicked stumps and argued with umpires after his appeal of the leg before against Mushfiqur Rahim was turned down. Shakib Al Hasan plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL). On the second occasion, he ran from his mid-off position to uproot all the stumps at the non-striker’s end when the two match officials called for a rain-break.

Shakib Al Hasan flings the stumps after umpire Mahfuzur Rahman calls for the covers Walton
Shakib Al Hasan flings the stumps after umpire Mahfuzur Rahman calls for the covers-Walton

Shakib Al Hasan Apologizes For Kicking And Uprooting Stumps In A DPL Match

Off the last ball of the fifth over, Shakib Al Hasan struck Mushfiqur Rahim on the pads, only for umpire Imran Parvez to turn down the appeal. Shakib Al Hasan immediately kicked the stumps at the non-striker’s end and argued with the umpire, with some of the Mohammedan Sporting players surrounding the pair. Then the fielders moved on as it was the end of the over.

Bangladeshi batsman Mushfiqur Rahim(Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP)
Bangladeshi batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP)
Then, after the fifth ball of the sixth over, umpire Mahfuzur Rahman indicated to the groundsmen to bring on the covers as a light rain had begun. Shakib Al Hasan ran in towards the umpire from his fielding position and ripped out all the three stumps from the non-strikers’ end and flung them on the ground.

Shakib Al Hasan, 34, later apologized and said, “I am extremely sorry for losing my temper and ruining the match for everyone and especially those who are watching from home. An experienced player like me should not have reacted that way but sometimes against all odds it happens unfortunately.”

The 34-year-old’s anger got the better of him during his Mohammedan Sporting franchise’s game against Abahani Limited. The DPL encounter was eventually won by his team via the Duckworth-Lewis method. In scenes rarely seen at a top-level cricket match, Shakib Al Hasan’s temper flared up on two different occasions in one Dhaka Premier League (DPL) match on Friday as he first kicked the stumps, and later uprooted a whole set of them and flung them to the ground.

Ummey Al Hasan Backs Husband Saying It’s A Plot To Portray Him As A Villain

But his wife Ummey Al Hasan backed her husband and said that it was a plot to portray Shakib Al Hasan as a ‘villain’. In a Facebook post, Ummey Al Hasan also raised doubts about the decision of the umpires.

“I’m enjoying this incident as much as the media is, finally some news on tv! It is great to see the support of the people who can see the clear picture of today’s incident at least someone has the guts to stand against all odds. However, it is sad to see the main issue getting buried by the media highlighting only the anger that he showed,” Ummey Al Hasan said.

“The main issue is the ongoing eye-catching decisions of the umpires! The headlines are really saddening. To me, it is a plot against him that has been going on for a while to portray him as the villain in all circumstances! If you are a cricket lover beware of your actions!” Ummey Al Hasan wrote.

Shakib Al Hasan with his wife Ummey Al Hasan (Photo Source: Instagram)
Shakib Al Hasan with his wife Ummey Al Hasan (Photo Source: Instagram)

Shakib Al Hasan has scored over 10,000 international runs and picked nearly 600 wickets across formats and is considered one of the finest spin bowling all-rounders in contemporary cricket. Shakib Al Hasan had earlier hit the headlines for wrong reasons in 2019 when he was slapped with a two-year ban, one year suspended, for not reporting a corrupt approach.

A day after top Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan drew a lot of flak on social media for his on-field behaviour, his wife Ummey Al Hasan came to the all-rounder’s defence. Shakib Al Hasan’s wife Ummey Al Hasan called the criticism and reports ‘a plot’ against the former Bangladesh captain to ‘portray him as the villain.’

Shakib Al Hasan flings the stumps after umpire Mahfuzur Rahman calls for the covers Walton
Shakib Al Hasan flings the stumps after umpire Mahfuzur Rahman calls for the covers Walton
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Shakib Al Hasan Apologises For Kicking Stumps In A DPL T20 Match

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh all-rounder had a shocking on-field meltdown during a Dhaka Premier League (DPL) T20 match in Dhaka, kicking stumps and arguing with umpires in a display of appalling behavior for which he later apologized calling it a ‘human error’.

Shakib Al Hasan’s apology notwithstanding, kicking the stumps is as good as a Level 3 offense and could eventually lead to a one-match suspension for the former Bangladesh skipper.

Shakib Al Hasan DPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan DPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan Apologizes For Losing His Temper During A Dhaka Premier League Match Playing For Mohammedan Sporting Franchise

The 34-year-old’s anger got the better of him during his Mohammedan Sporting franchise’s game against Abahani Limited. The DPL encounter was eventually won by his team via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

In scenes rarely seen at a top-level cricket match, Shakib Al Hasan’s temper flared up on two different occasions in one Dhaka Premier League (DPL) match on Friday: he first kicked the stumps, and later uprooted a whole set of them and flung them to the ground.

“I’m extremely sorry for losing my temper and ruining the match for everyone and especially those who’re watching from home. An experienced player like me shouldn’t have reacted that way, but sometimes against all odds it happens, unfortunately,” Shakib tendered an official apology on his Facebook page.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

“I apologize to the teams, management, tournament officials, and organizing committee for this human error. Hopefully, I won’t be repeating this again in the future. Thanks and love you all,” he further wrote.

During the match held at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, a Mushfiqur Rahim leg before appeal being turned down by the umpire led to the furious captain kicking the stumps.

Shakib Al Hasan Ran To Uproot All The Stumps At The Non-Striker’s End When The Match Officials Called For A Rain Break With 1 Ball Left In The 6th Over

On the second occasion, he ran from his mid-off position to uproot all the stumps at the non-striker’s end when the two match officials called for a rain break with one ball left in the sixth over of the Abahani innings.

The footage of the incident since then has gone viral and it is believed that he was angry because one more delivery would have ensured that a minimum of six overs is completed for a match to yield a result. The match did start eventually and his team won easily.

Shakib Al Hasan reacts after umpire turns down LBW appeal
Shakib Al Hasan reacts after umpire turns down an LBW appeal Shamsul Hoque

 

He was also caught on camera getting into an ugly altercation with former Bangladesh international and current Bangladesh Cricket Board director Khaled Mahmood Sujon. Shakib Al Hasan had earlier hit the headlines for wrong reasons in 2019 when he was slapped with a two-year ban, one year suspended, for not reporting a corrupt approach.

Off the last ball of the fifth over, Shakib Al Hasan struck Mushfiqur Rahim on the pads, only for umpire Imran Parvez to turn down the appeal. Shakib Al Hasan immediately kicked the stumps at the non-striker’s end and argued with the umpire, with some of the Mohammedan Sporting players surrounding the pair. Then the fielders moved on as it was the end of the over.

Then, after the fifth ball of the sixth over, umpire Mahfuzur Rahman indicated to the groundsmen to bring on the covers as a light rain had begun. Shakib ran in towards the umpire from his fielding position and ripped out all the three stumps from the non-strikers’ end and flung them on the ground.
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Ball-Tampering- Part and parcel of the game, says Khaled Mahmud

Team manager of Bangladesh Cricket, Khaled Mahmud, had an interesting take on the ball-tampering row eclipsing the game of cricket currently.

Mahmud revealed that ball-tampering is a common phenomenon when Pakistan players feature in the Dhaka leagues.

Many Pakistani players used to come to Bangladesh to play in the leagues and it [ball tampering] used to happen quite often and there were many complaints,” disclosed Khaled Mahmud from the sidelines of the Independence Day exhibition cricket match on Monday.

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Bangladesh team’s behavior has been questionable of late. Credits: BD Crictime

According to Mahmud, there were numerous occasions when bowlers were expensive in their first spell, but later on came back to clinch a five-for.

Sometimes, a bowler gave away 40 runs from his first five overs but later went on to pick five wickets for just five runs,” Mahumud continued while speaking to The Daily Star.

Many legendary cricketers have done it in the past: Mahmud

The difference in the first spell and second spell was the reverse swing, for Mahmud. However, Mahmud expressed his disappointment on the ‘Sandpaper Gate,’ having said that reverse swing is part and parcel of the game.

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Bancroft was caught hiding the sandpaper inside his underwear.

That’s because the ball started to reverse and it happened whenever the Pakistani players were here. We accepted, thinking that they knew the art but what happened this time [in South Africa] is truly disappointing,” Mahmud added.

The Former Bangladeshi all-rounder could not help but imagine what would have unfolded had a lower ranked team performed such heinous act.

“Why would such a big team do this? If the minnows or we [Bangladesh] had done it I don’t know what would happen. But I have never seen any Bangladeshi player doing this,” defended the 46-year old Bangladeshi.

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Mahmud is going through a successful stint with Bangladesh as a manager. Credits: The Daily Star.

When asked whether ball-tampering is popular in the Dhaka Premier League, Khaled Mahmud could not quite refute the argument.

Whoever does this, they do it very tactfully and we might not be able to catch it but that’s not fair. However, many legendary cricketers have done it in the past so it has become a part of cricket these days,” concluded Khaled Mahmud.

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Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan
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Yusuf Pathan Says Bangladesh Domestic Players to Remain Open to New Ideas

Out of favor Indian all-rounder, Yusuf Pathan is of the opinion that Bangladesh’s domestic cricketers must be self-motivated and open to advise from their coaches to raise the standard of their game. Yusuf is currently playing for the Prime Bank Cricket Club in the Dhaka Premier League.

His team, the Prime Bank didn’t make it to the Super League after suffering a dramatic two wickets loss to Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity in the last game of the first of the league’s matches. The swashbuckling all-rounder says that the Bangladesh domestic players must be open to new ideas rather than sticking to the qualities which they already possess.

“I am quite impressed with many of the Bangladeshi cricketers,” Pathan said. “We have some players in our team who can go for big hits like [Sazzadul Haque] Ripon, Nahidul [Islam] and Delwar [Hossain]. But one thing that is common when I speak to coaches here is that players have a set mindset, which is quite disappointing. These clubs spend a lot of money on these players who shouldn’t worry about anything else other than developing themselves quickly. After getting a Premier-League contract, the players should be motivated to make it big. They must remain open-minded.

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“If someone tells me I should improve in a certain area, I will take that advice happily. I think most Indian cricketers have this attitude. I think it is a bit lacking here, at least from what the coaches are telling me. They tell me that the players are not prepared to listen. They feel they know what they have to do. I think it hurts cricket. I think they should change this culture. They should be hungrier. Unless you open up your heart and mind, you will struggle at the highest level.”

Pathan has made 159 runs in 7 DPL matches. He stated that one of the major differences between India and Bangladesh is regarding infrastructure. There is no doubt about the fact that India has many stadiums compared to Bangladesh. However, he feels Bangladesh has done well with the limited resources.

“There’s obviously a difference in structure. BCCI has done a lot for the Indian players. Every state has at least seven-eight grounds; Mumbai has around 50 grounds. Baroda and Maharashtra have plenty of facilities where you can play age-group cricket. The BCCI has developed many grounds, which provides great practice and match facilities to the players.

“We [the Pathan brothers, Yusuf and Irfan also have several branches of our academy all over India. It is called CAP. We are providing kids those things which we didn’t know at the start of our career: how should they approach certain things and then become more professional. Bangladesh, I think, have done laudable things for cricket. BKSP, Mirpur and Fatullah are good facilities.”

The all-rounder played a couple of matches for the Abahani Limited in the 2016 edition of the Dhaka Premier League He said that despite spin being used in Bangladesh widely, the pitches are of a really good standard which has eventually made the competition a more competitive one.

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Irfan Pathan with brother Yusuf Pathan during IPL

“In India, our pace bowlers bowl 35-40 overs in a match, while in Bangladesh, spinners bowl a similar number of overs. It is a huge difference in culture. But the Bangladeshi spinners don’t allow getting away with a lot of runs. The ball spins despite there not being a lot of grass in the pitches. It encourages both batsmen and bowlers. You must give credit to those who are preparing these good wickets.”

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Tamil Nadu’s Abhinav Mukund Joins Dhaka Premier League (DPL)

The Tamil Nadu Ranji skipper Abhinav Mukund, who went unsold in the IPL auction has joined the ongoing edition of Dhaka Premier League.

He will be representing Mohammedan Sporting Club, which has likes of Tamil Iqbal, Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Subashis Roy.

Before arriving in Bangladesh earlier this morning, Mukund confirmed to TOI that he will be there for three weeks,

“I will be leaving for Bangladesh on Sunday. I’m going there to get some games under my belt during this off-season. The standard of cricket is good and some top cricketers are part of that league. I’m expected to be there for around three weeks,” quoted Abhinav Mukund.

Mukund was recently recalled in the Indian Test squad for the one-match Test series against Bangladesh. He retained his place for the four-Test match series against Australia as well. He made a place in the playing XI in the Bangalore Test against the mighty Aussies.

However, he failed to capitalise on the opportunity and was replaced by fit-again Murali Vijay in the following game.

Mukund had been in good form in the Ranji Trophy 2016/17, as he scored 849 runs at an average of 65.30. He also led the team to the semi-final stage before losing to Mumbai in the knockout game.

Apart from Mukund, there are five other Indian cricketers who are already part of the Dhaka Premier League. Unmukt Chand, Services veteran Yashpal Singh, Parvez Rasool, Abhishek Nayar and Uday Kaul are currently playing in the tournament for various teams.

In the last season as well we saw a large turnout of Indian players in the league, as there were a  total of 21 players who participated in the List A tournament which included likes of Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan also.

It’s a good opportunity for Mukund to keep himself engaged during the offseason, as there are bright chances of him being named as the captain of the India A side which will travel to South Africa in the month of June.

Parvez Rasool, Unmukt Chand Join Dhaka Premier League

Indian cricketer Parvez Rasool, who went unsold during the Indian Premier League auction in the month of February has joined Dhaka Premier League. Along with him, Unmukt Chand, the former U19 World Cup winning captain has also joined the List A tournament.

Rasool was a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last season of the IPL but was released by the franchise. He made his T20I debut against England in the first T20I in the month of January but surprisingly went unsold in the auction.

He was called for the trials along with Tamil Nadu all-rounder Washington Sundar by Rising Pune Supergiant franchise to replace injured Ravichandran Ashwin but the franchise went for Sundar.

“It was a decision made purely on cricket perspective. I am a player and want to play at highest level wherever I get the opportunity. Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League is top 50-Over cricket event of Bangladesh. I have already got NOC from BCCI and currently, I am on way to Dhaka,” Parvez told Greater Kashmir on phone from New Delhi Airport.

“It is a high-profile event that attracts some of the known players from around the World. Since 2015, BCCI has also allowed its players to take part in as it is List-A. BCCI doesn’t allow its players to take part in T20 events. Apart from overseas players, there will be a number of Bangladeshi top cricketers so the competition level would be high,” he added.

On the other hand, Unmukt Chand has signed for the Prime Bank Cricket Club. Both Chand and Rasool have played the first game for their teams and scored match-winning half-centuries.

Along with them, players like Yashpal Singh, former Services captain, Puneet Bisht (former Delhi, now J &K player) and Abhishek Nayar have also signed for various franchises. Last year, there was a total of 22 Indian players in the league.

The 22 players who participated in the league were Rajat Bhatia, Dinesh Karthik, Uday Kaul, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Manvinder Bisla, Yashpal Singh,  Milind Kumar, Puneet Bisht, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Jatin Saxena, Paras Dogra, Rohan Prem,  Pawan Negi, Jalaj Saxena, Ishank Jaggi,  Bipul Sharma, Mithun Manhas, Sachin Rana, Unmukt Chand, Sachin Baby and Ashok Menaria.

As of now, there are only five Indian players who have signed for DPL but we might see many more signings in upcoming days. The List A tournament started from April 12.

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Yousuf Pathan to ply his trade in Kenya

Yusuf Pathan will soon be heading to Nairobi, Kenya for a stint with Stray Lions Cricket Club.

Out of favour Indian batsman, Yousuf  Pathan is all set to ply his trade in Kenya to play for Stray Lions Cricket Club. Yousuf Pathan recently played in Dhaka Premier League where he had a successful stint with Abhahani Limited in Bangladesh. He just played two matches for the club as the holy month of Ramadan started soon and had to return back home.

But this time, he is looking for a full stint with the Kenyan side as he has no assignment at home before the Ranji Trophy which will start on October 1.

Yousuf said, “In order to be match-fit, I will be in Kenya, playing for a couple of weeks. I have got clearance from the BCCI. I am eagerly looking forward to my first appearance in the League,” Yusuf was quoted as said. Yousuf  will board on  Kenya-bound flight tonight .

In Dhaka Premier League (DPL)2016 Yousuf helped his team to chase down a 245 run target in  50 over the match. He smashed a 47 ball 60 run innings, his innings was comprised of seven boundaries and two sixes.

“That knock gave double delight as the win helped the team to advance in the competition. In the second match, I scored 20-odd and had to return as Ramzan was starting,” he said.

Yousuf plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL and scored 361 runs at an average of 72.20 at a strike rate of 145 in IPL 2016.

Yousuf during the 2016 IPL looked fitter and agile on the field. He asked the KKR trainer Adrina le Roux  to help him to improve his fitness level. “After coming in contact with Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) trainer Adrian Le Roux, my fitness regime has changed for the better. “I follow his schedule religiously and it helped me have a good IPL 2016 during which experts talked about my fitness and agility along with my performance,” remarked Yusuf.

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