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Russell Domingo Reveals Mushfiqur Rahim Doesn’t Want To Keep In T20Is Anymore

Russell Domingo, Bangladesh head coach has revealed that Mushfiqur Rahim does not want to do wicketkeeping in the shortest format of the game anymore. Russell Domingo’s revelation came after Bangladesh’s defeat in the third T20I against New Zealand on Sunday.

Mushfiqur Rahim has informed the Bangladesh team management that he will no longer keep wickets in T20Is, according to Russell Domingo. Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t keep wicket in the 3rd T20I against New Zealand, although it was declared before the series that he would split wicketkeeping duties with Nurul Hasan in the first four games.

Russell Domingo
Russell Domingo Image Source: TWITTER/BCBTIGERS

Russell Domingo: Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim Doesn’t Want To Keep Wickets In T20Is Anymore

Russell Domingo said that they have to quickly move on to allow Nurul Hasan, who has been keeping wicket in Bangladesh’s recent cluster of T20Is since mid-July, to be the No. 1 wicketkeeper going into the T20I World Cup.

This is the first time that Mushfiqur Rahim has told the team management that he wants to give up wicketkeeping. Normally, he has insisted that he wants to play as a wicketkeeper-batter, particularly in the last five years when his wicketkeeping has come under the scanner. The most recent occasion was the second ODI against New Zealand in March this year when he dropped Tom Latham at a crucial stage of the game.

“There has been a change in plans. Initially, after speaking to Mushy, he was going to keep after the second game. But he told me he probably doesn’t want to keep wicket in T20s anymore, so we have to move on. I don’t think Mushfiqur’s desire to keep in this format is great anymore. We have to focus on Nurul Hasan Sohan, and let him do those duties going into the competition,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Russell Domingo as saying.

Mushfiqur Rahim is yet to come out in the open and reveal his side of the story on why he does not want to don the wicketkeeping gloves in the shortest format of the game. Spinner Ajaz Patel’s four-wicket haul helped New Zealand defend 128 and defeat Bangladesh by 52 runs in the third T20I of the five-match series here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim(Reuters Photo)

With this win, New Zealand registered their first win of the series and the five-game series stands at 2-1 in favour of Bangladesh. The fourth T20I will now be played on Wednesday. Chasing 129, no Bangladesh batter got going and the top-scorer was Mushfiqur Rahim as he played a knock of 20 runs. The Bangladesh innings folded inside 19.4 overs.

Nurul Hasan Is In Good Form Behind The Stumps

When Mushfiqur Rahim missed the T20Is against Zimbabwe and Australia due to a family emergency, Nurul Hasan took over with good form both behind and in front of the stumps. It opened up a bit of competition between the two, which the team management decided should be settled by splitting the wicketkeeping duties over four matches of a five-match series.

Mushfiqur Rahim has been a regular wicketkeeper in ODIs and till 2020, in T20Is. His inclusion as a wicketkeeper-batter allows the team to have the luxury of playing two world-class all-rounders. But there are many in Bangladesh who believe, with reason, that Mushfiqur Rahim should focus his energy on only batting, as he is arguably Bangladesh’s best all-format batter.
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. – AFP
At the same time, Nurul Hasan’s reputation as the country’s best wicketkeeper is backed by good domestic performances this year. For the selectors and team management, he was too hard to ignore as the wicketkeeper in Bangladesh’s white-ball teams.

Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel claimed a career-best 4-16 as New Zealand kept alive its Twenty20 series against Bangladesh with a thumping 52-run victory in the third game on Sunday. Off-spinner Cole McConchie (3-15) and left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra (1-13) also played their part in dismissing Bangladesh for only 76 in 19.4 overs after New Zealand had recovered from 62-5 to a total of 128-5 on a slow surface.

Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Bangladesh Cricket Board Confirms Mustafizur Rahman Isn’t Interested To Play Tests

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) introduced a format-wise contract on September 1, without handing one to Mustafizur Rahman for Test cricket. According to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the 25-year-old ace pacer informed Bangladesh Cricket Board about his unavailability due to increased time spent in the bio-bubbles.

Ever earlier, Mustafizur Rahman had expressed his discomfort of playing continuous cricket in the bio-bubbles, now a norm during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh
Mustafizur Rahman. Image Credits: Twitter

Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Cricket Operations Chairman Akram Khan Said Mustafizur Rahman Isn’t Interested To Play Tests

Currently, he’s playing in the home T20I series against New Zealand and is soon expected to move to another bubble for Rajasthan Royals (RR) during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which is resuming in September. He will then be entering another bubble for Bangladesh during the T20 World Cup.

Akram Khan, the former Bangladesh captain, and Bangladesh Cricket Board cricket operations chairman confirmed the development surrounding Mustafizur Rahman’s Test contract.

“Mustafizur is not interested to take part in Tests at the moment. He told us that it is difficult for him to concentrate on Tests, playing it under bio-bubble and so he does not want to take part in Tests at the moment. We have taken that decision very positively and have discussed it and accepted his request because he is a very important player for Bangladesh in the white-ball format,” said Akram Khan, Bangladesh Cricket Board Cricket Operations Chairman.

Mustafizur Rahman, one of the best pace bowlers in white-ball formats, has been a force behind Bangladesh’s success in recent years. The left-arm pacer has 127 wickets from 68 ODIs at an average of 22.83. In T20Is, he has 71 wickets from 49 matches at an average of 18.91.

He was one of the stars for Bangladesh in their 4-1 win in the T20Is against Australia last month. In fact, he has been exceptional in the shortest format in 2021, bagging 13 wickets from eight T20Is at an average of 11.69 and an economy rate of 5.46. He has played 14 Tests picking up 30 scalps averaging above 35.

Akram Khan Explains Bangladesh’s New Contract System

Akram Khan further explained the need for a new format-wise contract system for Bangladesh, keeping in mind players like Nasum Ahmed and Shamim Hossain, who are only a part of the T20I squad.

He explained: “We have introduced format wise contract because there are cricketers like Nasum and Shamim who are only part of T20s. Earlier if it was white ball that implied ODIs and T20s but now a new group is coming up who are only playing in T20s.”

Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman during IPL 2021
Shakib Al Hasan of KKR and Mustafizur Rahman of RR during IPL 2021 (Photo- KKR)

Akram Khan added: “We have made different payment slabs based upon performance and we kept that so that there is competition between cricketers. When a cricketer is coming to Test from T20s there is a raise and similarly, when he is coming to ODIs there is some raise so players will be eager to perform so that he can be considered across formats.”

Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed, and Shoriful Islam are the only five players who have been handed a contract across all three formats. Bangladesh cricket is currently enjoying a good run. Having secured a win after bowling out New Zealand for their joint-lowest T20I total of 60 in the first game, they are set to square off in the second match on Friday.

The Tigers won the first game of the series by seven wickets after they bowled the Black Caps out for a paltry 60 in a mere 16.5 overs. In the run-chase, the Tigers lost Mohammad Naim and Liton Das early but chased the target down with 30 balls to spare. Bangladesh has won the last T20I series against Australia (4-1) and the ODI series against Sri Lanka(2-1) and Zimbabwe (3-0).

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.

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
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Mushfiqur Rahim And Kathryn Bryce Named ICC Players Of May 2021

Mushfiqur Rahim was the top scorer in the recently-concluded three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Woman All-rounder Kathryn Bryce is the first player from Scotland – male or female – to make it to the top 10 of the batting or bowling lists in the ICC Player Rankings.

Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and Scotland all-rounder Kathryn Bryce have been named the ICC Players of the Months respectively male and female for May 2021. Both cricketers have received the awards following exemplary performances for their teams recently.

Mushfiqur Rahim (L), Kathryn Bryce (R) voted ICC Players of the Month for May 2021(HT Collage)
Mushfiqur Rahim (L), Kathryn Bryce (R) voted ICC Players of the Month for May 2021(HT Collage)

Mushfiqur Rahim Has Not Lost His Appetite For Run Making: VVS Laxman

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.

Commenting on Rahim’s performance in May, VVS Laxman representing the ICC Voting Academy added: “Even after 15 years at the highest level, Mushfiqur has not lost his appetite for run-making.

“He was at his imperious best in the one-day series at home against Sri Lanka, a picture of consistency with the highlight being 125 in the second match which helped his side secure a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.”

Mushfiqur Rahim scored 237 runs in 3 ODIs against Sri Lanka with the top score of 125
Mushfiqur Rahim scored 237 runs in 3 ODIs against Sri Lanka with the top score of 125

“What made his feat even more notable was that it was Bangladesh’s first-ever ODI series triumph against the 1996 World Cup champions. To shore up the middle order and don the wicket-keeping gloves speaks volumes of his fitness and skills,” he added.

Mushfiqur Rahim has chosen to skip the T20I series during the Zimbabwe visit one month from now. He has 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.

Kathryn Bryce Batted With Flair And Bowled Well Too: Ramiz Raja

All-rounder Kathryn Bryce is the first player from Scotland – male or female – to make it to the top 10 of the batting or bowling lists in the ICC Player Rankings released recently. Kathryn Bryce played four T20Is against Ireland where she scored 96 runs and took 5 wickets with an economy rate of 4.76 in the month of May.

Commenting on Kathryn’s performance in May, Ramiz Raja representing the ICC Voting Academy said, “Kathryn’s all-round game came through in a series that her team lost. She batted with flair and bowled well too and deserved to be the player of the month for May.”

Kathryn Bryce - ICC Women's Player of the Month for May 2021
Kathryn Bryce – ICC Women’s Player of the Month for May 2021

The three nominees for both categories were shortlisted based on on-field performances and overall achievements during the month (the first to the last day of each calendar month).

The shortlist is then voted on by the independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world. The ICC Voting Academy comprises prominent members of the cricket family including senior journalists, former players, broadcasters, and members of the ICC Hall of Fame.

The Voting Academy submit their votes by email and retain a 90 per cent share of the vote. Additionally, fans registered with the ICC are able to vote via the ICC website once the shortlisted players are announced and have a 10 per cent share of the vote. Winners are announced every second Monday of the month via the ICC’s digital channels.

The ICC Player of the Month is a monthly award presented since January 2021 by the International Cricket Council to recognize cricketers, male and female, that have best performed across all forms of international cricket. Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, and Babar Azam have been previous recipients.

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.
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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Shakib Al Hasan Has Been The No. 1 ODI All-Rounder For The Last 10-12 Years: Bangladesh Teammate Mahmudullah

Shakib Al Hasan’s career is laden with numerous milestones from being the youngest centurion in ODIs and becoming the youngest ODI captain, both at the age of 22, to most Player of the Series awards in T20Is (3).

He, without a shred of a doubt, will be remembered as one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of the sport. His exploits for the Bangladesh cricket team have helped his side fight it out with other international teams in the world as he has played an instrumental role in the meteoric rise of Bangladesh cricket.

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

Shakib Al Hasan’s Return Has Been Uninspiring

However, he hasn’t been near his best lately. Before IPL 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to the Covid-19 crisis in India and multiple positive cases within numerous franchises, Shakib Al Hasan could score 38 runs in three matches for his newly acquired franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. As a result, he has been dropped soon after.

Moreover, he carried the poor form to the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka. Even his team has already sealed the series after winning the first two games, Shakib Al Hasan’s return has been uninspiring. The 34-year-old has only scored 15 runs in two matches at a strike rate of less than 50.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)

With the ball, however, he has been better. In the ongoing series in Dhaka, he has picked up three wickets and in IPL 2021, he claimed two. Not highly impressive but he’s been a tad better with the ball.

In the 2019 World Cup, he scored 606 runs along with 11 wickets – statistics that truly highlight his value. Picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011, he was an important part of their two title-winning sides in 2012 and 2014. The 34-year-old was bought by his former franchise for 3.2 crores in the players’ auction in February 2021. He missed the 2020 IPL edition on account of being banned for a year for not reporting corrupt offenses.

Shakib Al Hasan has so far played four 50 overs World Cups for Bangladesh since the 2007 edition. While he captained Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup, the 2019 edition turned out to be individually his most successful one, when he scored 606 runs and picked up 11 wickets. But in spite of Shakib Al Hasan’s outstanding performances both with bat and ball, Bangladesh finished 8th out of 10 teams in the last World Cup in England and Wales.

Shakib Al Hasan Has Been The No. 1 All-Rounder For The Last 10-12 Years : Mahmudullah

As Shakib Al Hasan strives to find his rhythm, his teammate and fellow all-rounder Mahmudullah has come out to support him. While speaking to The Daily Star, he said that Shakib Al Hasan was the best ODI all-rounder for more than a decade for a reason.

“There is not much to say about Shakib. He knows his game. It is no joke that a guy has been the number one [ODI] all-rounder for the last 10-12 years. He knows when to bat and how much batting [practice] will benefit him. He got a good start in the first ODI, but unfortunately, he could not cash in on it. But I am certain that he will play better in tomorrow’s game.”

Bangladesh cricketer Mahmudullah. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
Bangladesh cricketer Mahmudullah. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Bangladesh secured their first-ever ODI series win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI. They would now look to make it three in three and secure 10 more points for their ICC Cricket World Cup Super League tally. Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim was the star performer in both the ODIs, scoring 84 in the 1st and then 125 in the 2nd ODI. Bangladesh won by 33 runs in the 1st ODI and by 103 runs in the 2nd one decided by Duckworth-Lewis.

Bangladesh has attained the pole position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points table with a historic win against Sri Lanka. The Tamim Iqbal-led outfit took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh now has 50 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. Sri Lanka continues to be in the last position with -2 points in five outings.

2nd ODI:- Bangladesh 246 (Rahim 125, Mahmudullah 41, Chameera 3-44) beat Sri Lanka 141-9 (Rahman 3-16, Miraz 3-28) by 103 runs(DLS)

1st ODI:- Bangladesh 257 for 6 (Mushfiqur 84, Mahmudullah 54, Tamim 52, Dhananjaya 3-45) beat Sri Lanka 224 all out (Hasaranga 74, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4-30) by 33 runs

Shiran Fernando
Shiran Fernando
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Shiran Fernando Tests Negative For Covid-19 Following The 3rd Round Of RT-PCR Test

Shiran Fernando, a Sri Lankan pace bowler has tested negative for COVID-19 in the third round of RT-PCR test he had undergone on Wednesday (May 26), according to a Bangladesh Cricket Board official.

Ahead of the first one-day international between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, three members of the Sri Lankan squad tested positive though later Chaminda Vaas and Isuru Udana were declared negative after the second round of tests, while Shiran Fernando still returned a positive result.

Shiran Fernando Didn’t Practice

Bangladesh won both the first 2 ODIs and hence, the third one slated to be held on 28th May is a dead rubber. Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim was the star performer in both the ODIs, scoring 84 in the 1st and then 125 in the 2nd ODI. Bangladesh won by 33 runs in the 1st ODI and by 103 runs in the 2nd one decided by Duckworth-Lewis.

The right-arm pace bowler Shiran Fernando did not attend the practice session on Wednesday afternoon at Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Academy premises.

“Shiran Fernando tested Corona negative (in the last test),” Bangladesh’s team official Rabeed Imam confirmed to Cricbuzz on Wednesday.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim

However, Shiran Fernando didn’t take part in his team’s practice session on Wednesday afternoon at the BCB academy premises as the tourists started their preparation with the focus on avoiding a Bangladesh clean sweep after conceding their maiden ODI series with back to back losses in the opening two games of the ongoing series.

Mushfiqur Rahim hit his eighth ODI century as Bangladesh secured its first ODI series victory over Sri Lanka with a 103-run win by the DLS method in the rain-interrupted second match. In an innings twice halted by rain, the wicket-keeper batsman scored 125 off 127 balls with 10 fours as Bangladesh was bowled out for 246 in 48.1 overs. It was Bangladesh’s first series victory against Sri Lanka across three formats.
Sri Lanka was 126-9 after 38 overs when rain interrupted the game for the third time. Sri Lanka was set a revised target of 245 in 40 overs, meaning it needed 119 runs from the final two overs. The visitors ended on 141-9. Bangladesh won by 33 runs on Sunday in the first of their three-match series. The final match is on Friday.

Mohammad Saifuddin Recovering First From Head Injury And Naim Sheikh Added To Bangladesh Squad For 3rd Dead Rubbber ODI

Meanwhile, BCB officials insisted that Mohammad Saifuddin is recovering fast from the head injury and they are expecting him to be available for the dead rubber Game 3. Mohammad Saifuddin is currently undergoing a 24-hour observation period after being hit on his helmet during the second ODI on Tuesday. He was replaced by pacer Taskin Ahmed after he had shown signs of concussion.

Mohammad Saifuddin celebrates a wicket Getty Images
Mohammad Saifuddin celebrates a wicket Getty Images

After the incident, he was taken to a city hospital straightway for a routine checkup but no major problem was found in his reports. Bangladesh has also added Naim Sheikh to their squad for the final ODI, to be played on Friday.

Bangladesh has attained the pole position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points table with a historic win against Sri Lanka. The Tamim Iqbal-led outfit took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh now has 50 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. Sri Lanka continues to be in the last position with -2 points in five outings.

Bangladesh recorded their fifth consecutive win at home in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. After blanking West Indies 3-0, Bangladesh has now won two back-to-back matches against Sri Lanka to record a maiden series win over the Islanders.

2nd ODI:- Bangladesh 246 (Rahim 125, Mahmudullah 41, Chameera 3-44) beat Sri Lanka 141-9 (Rahman 3-16, Miraz 3-28) by 103 runs(DLS)

1st ODI:- Bangladesh 257 for 6 (Mushfiqur 84, Mahmudullah 54, Tamim 52, Dhananjaya 3-45) beat Sri Lanka 224 all out (Hasaranga 74, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4-30) by 33 runs

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan
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Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan Confident Of Bio-bubble Arrangement In Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan has said the home board is confident of the bio-bubble arrangement that is in place for the ongoing 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Nazmul Hasan’s comment comes after a Sri Lanka player tested positive for Covid-19 in the lead-up to the series opener in Dhaka on Sunday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan stressed that there is no need for panic but promised that Bangladesh Cricket Board will step up the bio-bubble vigilance. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka play 3 ODIs in Dhaka between May 23 and 28. The BCB chief is confident that the remainder of the series will go ahead as scheduled.

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hasan said he is confident of bio-bubble arrangements for Sri Lanka series (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hasan said he is confident of bio-bubble arrangements for the Sri Lanka series (AFP Photo)

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan: Nothing Serious To Panic And There’s A Protocol In Place

The ODI series opener was in question after it emerged on Sunday that 3 members of the touring Sri Lankan party tested positive for Covid-19. However, two of them returned negative results in the second RT-PCR test. The first ODI went ahead as scheduled on Sunday even as the 3 members did not join the rest of the team at the Shere-Bangla National Stadium.

“We are following the protocol and we feel nothing serious happened that we need to panic. It can happen at times (someone testing positive) but there is a protocol in place… what we need to do and how many times we need to do the test to make sure that he is negative,” Hasan said.

Chaminda Vaas (Photo-Reuters)
Chaminda Vaas (Photo-Reuters)

“But definitely we will increase our vigilance. He (Shiran Fernando) recovered from Covid very recently, the PCR may have detected the dead RNA from the virus, many individuals have it on them up to 28 days,” he added.

Sri Lanka bowling coach Chaminda Vaas, bowlers Isura Udana and Shiran Fernando have tested positive ahead of Sunday’s first ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka. Chaminda Vaas and Isuru Udana returned negative results while Shiran Fernando tested positive in the 2nd RT-PCR Test for which the samples were collected on Saturday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan has addressed the COVID-19 positive cases in the Sri Lankan camp on Sunday hours before the first ODI in Dhaka. Though the match went ahead as scheduled, Nazmul Hasan has stressed the need to increase the bubble’s security.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan claimed they all followed the protocols and that nothing severe occurred to panic. He feels that, at times, people can test positive for the virus despite abiding by the guidelines; hence, he believes it’s crucial to ensure they carry out the testing abundantly.

Sri Lanka Happy With The Arrangements In Dhaka And Looking Forward To A Good Series: Team Manager

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka team manager Manuja Kariyapperuma also stressed that the tourists are happy with the arrangements in Dhaka and are hopeful of the series continuing without any further issues.

“The facilities offered to us are good, that is more than adequate, and we made use of the facilities that were afforded to us, and looking forward to a very good series,” Kariyapperuma said, as quoted by Cricbuzz.

Bangladesh won the first ODI on Sunday 33 runs to go 1-0 up in the 3-match series. Mushfiqur Rahim hit a match-winning 84 as Bangladesh posted 257 for 8 in their quota of 50 overs.

Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (L) plays a shot as Sri Lanka's captain Kusal Perera looks on during the first one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on 23 May 2021
Photo Credit: AFP.

Wanidu Hasaranga hit a valiant 74 while batting at No. 8 but it was not enough as Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman picked up 7 wickets between them and helped Bangladesh bowl out Sri Lanka for 224.

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