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Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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).

Aravinda de Silva | Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
Aravinda de Silva | Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Aravinda de Silva Urged Protesting Sri Lankan Cricketers To Perform

Aravinda de Silva, former Sri Lanka captain, and Cricket Committee Chairman has urged the protesting Sri Lankan players to perform instead of complaining over the new contracts.

Sri Lankan cricketers have refused to sign the contracts, alleging Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) hasn’t given them any clarity over how they were assessed and graded. The new contracts have reduced base salaries and introduced performance-based incentives. On the field, Sri Lanka went down to Bangladesh in the three-match ODI series after losing the first two games in Dhaka.

Aravinda de Silva. (Credits: Twitter)
Aravinda de Silva. (Credits: Twitter)

Aravinda de Silva: Sri Lanka Should Win Games Rather Than Complaining

Sri Lanka’s cricketers have released the latest statement saying they are shocked and dismayed as they were left disappointed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)’s decision to make details of the new player contracts public. The players’ statement clarified that none of them would sign any unfair and non-transparent contracts while urging the Sri Lankan board not to hold their players at gunpoint.

In an apparent reference to the loss, Aravinda de Silva was quoted as saying by dailynews.lk: “The most important fact is that they should get into the middle and play positive cricket and start winning games for the country rather than complaining. This positive approach will encourage us to consider offering them more benefits, like some of the other countries in our region.”

Sri Lanka. (Credits: Twitter)
Sri Lanka. (Credits: Twitter)

Aravinda de Silva asserted that there was no reason for the players to complain as the new pay structure is an absolutely fair one.

“The Committee has been very fair to them by infusing additional benefits than before, which is on a performance-based scheme. We discussed this matter in depth before we presented it to the players. Unlike in the past, we have increased the benefits three-fold (300%) than what it was but purely on the team’s performance,” said Aravinda de Silva.

Following this development, the aggrieved players expressed confidence that cordial dialogue would commence resolving the dispute. The Sri Lankan players are reportedly unhappy at the introduction of a new points-based grading system that would determine their future payments.

As per a report, players would be categorized into four different groups based on points. Fitness, discipline, performance in international and domestic cricket over the last two years, leadership, and overall value to the team would be some of the factors to be taken into consideration in the new payment system.

Aravinda de Silva: Sri Lanka Team Will Be Rewarded Handsomely If They Do Well

Aravinda de Silva, who was the Man of the Match in the 1996 World Cup final for his magnificent 107 not out against Australia, pointed out that the team will be rewarded handsomely if they do well.

“It has to be a collective effort by the whole team. If they win a Test series, we pay them US $ 150,000 which was earlier limited to US $ 50,000. Winning a limited overs series we have offered them US $75,000, which was earlier limited to US $25,000.”

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka. Image Credits: Twitter
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka. Image Credits: Twitter

“We also introduced a slab for the T20 format, which also runs up to a maximum of US $ 50,000, which earlier didn’t have any rewards at all. Therefore, it is very unfair that our players say that they are not agreeable to this scheme,” Aravinda de Silva concluded.

After 24 revolting players released a statement through Nishan Sydney Premathiratne, Attorney-at-Law, refusing to sign the new contracts, reports have emerged that SLC has set a June 3 deadline for the players to sign on the dotted line. The players have sought details about the assessment criteria, which the SLC is unwilling to share, leading to the current impasse.

In the 3rd dead rubber ODI, Sri Lanka opted to bat and Niroshan Dickwella is back in team XI while Bangladesh has included Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Naim Sheikh in XI.

Shiran Fernando
Shiran Fernando

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

Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Top 5 Bowlers Who Picked Most Wickets In ODI Debut

A cricketer’s debut match is the first step towards building his career and carries huge importance. Promising performance in the first-ever game can open more opportunities for him. In this regard, if a bowler picks the most number of wickets in his debut match, it sets their careers up for further progress down the line.

Here, in this article, we have discussed five bowlers who have scaled most number of wickets in their ODI debut match.

(Note, apart from the players in the list, many other bowlers have also taken 5 wickets in their ODI debut, but we have included the players of the top-ranked team in this list.)

Mustafizur Rahman:

Mustafizur Rahman, Top 5 Bowlers Who Picked Most Wickets In ODI debut, Bowler

Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman achieved success at the beginning of his international career by bowling off cutters. In 2015, he played his ODI debut series against India which changed his fortune. He gave hard times to the likes of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni in the whole series.

In the first ODI match, he picked five-wicket haul, including the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, and leaked 50 runs in his 10 over quotes. Rahman became the tenth bowler in the history of ODIs to take five wickets on debut. He was also adjudged Player of the Series as he took thirteen wickets in that series, which is another record.

Taskin Ahmed.

Taskin Ahmed to Replace Abu Jayed in Bangladesh’s World Cup Squad

Bangladesh sparked a massive surprise by picking up the uncapped pace bowler Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi for the World Cup, overlooking the experience Taskin Ahmed. Ahmed burst into tears on hearing this and vowed to keep trying hard to earn his place back. The selectors have now taken the call to include the speedster in the World Cup, with the uncapped pacer reported to fly as the 16th man with the side.

Taskin Ahmed’s exclusion gave a considerable shock when he couldn’t make it to the ongoing tri-series, also involving the Windies and Ireland. He proved his fitness by picking up three wickets against Ireland Wolves in a warm-up game. On the contrary, Rahi remained on the sidelines, owing to his injury concern.

Taskin Ahmed, Farhad Reza, ODI tri-series, Bangladesh
Taskin Ahmed (Image Credit: Google)

Taskin Ahmed gets a place.

A source from the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed the inclusion of Ahmed after there were reservations over Rahi’s fitness. Although Rahi is fit to bowl in the nets, there could be some more time before he could be back in full shape.

“He (Rahi) didn’t bowl for many times after the BPL for his injury. The local physio told us that this injury would take Rahi 3 or 4 days to be fit again and to continue bowling in the nets again. But things aren’t going well according to the news as Rahi is in the position to bowl again in the nets just today,” Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu.

The second test of Taskin Ahmed's bowling action, which was taped during the DPL, will be completed before Bangladesh's international commitments begin in October

We have to make a change in the squad if there is any injury concern regarding any player of the team. But Rahi will go with us as a 16th man, and we’ll talk about it with the BCB president today ”, he added.

Taskin Ahmed had scalped nine wickets in the six matches of the World Cup 2015. Thus, he would like to come up with similar performance. The lanky fast bowler had last played for Bangladesh in 2017 against South Africa.

Bangladesh Cricket team are currently playing a tri-series in Ireland against the Windies and the hosts. They play two warm-up matches against Pakistan and India ahead of the World Cup before their opening match against South Africa on 2nd June at the Oval.

Taskin Ahmed, Farhad Reza, ODI tri-series, Bangladesh
Taskin Ahmed (Image Credit: Google)

Taskin Ahmed And Farhad Reza Return To The Bangladesh Squad For The Upcoming Tri-Series

On Sunday (28th April), the pacer Taskin Ahmed and the all-rounder Farhad Reza have been added with the 17-member Bangladesh squad for the upcoming ODI tri-series in Ireland.

Before the upcoming Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh will play an ODI tri-series in Ireland. Apart from Bangladesh and the host side Ireland, Windies will also participate in this ODI tri-series. This ODI tri-series will run from 5th May to 17th May where each team will face all other teams for twice before the final match.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has already announced the full squad for the upcoming tri-series as well as for the subsequent Cricket World Cup. While Taskin Ahmed has already missed out the 15-member World Cup squad, he was also initially not in the tri-series squad. The right-arm pacer hasn’t played an ODI match since October 2017. The 25-year-old pace bowler has recently recovered from an ankle injury.

Taskin Ahmed, Farhad Reza, ODI tri-series, Bangladesh
Taskin Ahmed

Meanwhile, the pace-bowling all-rounder Farhad Reza played his last ODI and last international match (T20I) in 2011 and 2014 respectively. Since his international debut in July 2006, Reza has played 34 ODIs and 13 T20Is till the date.

Taskin Ahmed, Farhad Reza, ODI tri-series, Bangladesh
Farhad Reza (Image Credit: Google)

Recently, in the Dhaka Cricket League (domestic List A  tournament), Reza finished as the leading wicket-taker. Playing for Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club, the right-arm pacer bagged 38 wickets in 16 matches with an average of 16.39. Moreover, the 32-year-old also scored 207 runs (11 innings) in that tournament with an average of 25.87.

The upcoming tri-series will be a good World Cup preparation for Bangladesh

Taskin Ahmed, Farhad Reza, ODI tri-series, Bangladesh
Bangladesh national cricket team (Image Credit: Getty Images)

After the forthcoming tri-series in Ireland, Bangladesh will play two warm-up matches before starting their new World Cup journey. Bangladesh will face Pakistan (26th May) and India (28th May) in the pre-World Cup warm-up matches.

Then Bangladesh will begin their journey in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. In their opening match of that tournament, The Tigers will face South Africa on 2nd June at The Oval.

Bangladesh full squad for the ODI tri-series in Ireland: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Litton Das (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Shaifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan, Yasir Ali, Taskin Ahmed, Farhad Reza.

Full schedule of the ODI tri-series in Ireland

5th May 2019: Ireland vs Windies – Castle Avenue (Dublin)

7th May 2019: Bangladesh vs Windies – Castle Avenue (Dublin)  

9th May 2019: Ireland vs Bangladesh – The Village (Malahide, Dublin)

11th May 2019: Ireland vs Windies – The Village (Malahide, Dublin)

13th May 2019: Bangladesh vs Windies – The Village (Malahide, Dublin)

15th May 2019: Ireland vs Bangladesh – Castle Avenue (Dublin)

17th May 2019: Final (TBD vs TBD) – The Village (Malahide, Dublin)

Paddy Upton, Virat Kohli, India
Upton has seen young and improved Kohli. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

ICC World Cup 2019: It’s Very Disappointing for Overlooked Players – Paddy Upton

Paddy Upton, who’s working as a head coach for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR), reiterated one needs to be straightforward with the cricketers who have missed out their spot in the distinct squads for the ICC World Cup 2019. Upton has further spoken about India’s 2011 World Cup triumph at home.

In 2011, Upton served as a mental conditioning coach for the Men in Blue. Thus, he saw India lifting their second overall World Cup title since 1983. India won their second World Cup final by six wickets under the leadership of MS Dhoni.

The astute thinker in Upton is known to the things and has the knack of reading players better.

Meanwhile, the quadrennial event will commence from May 30 in London.

In the times of distress, the players have shown grit – to rise against the tide. But at times, they couldn’t control their emotions.

Paddy Upton Reckons those players who missed WC should be supported:

Paddy Upton, Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2019, ICC World Cup 2019
Upton has been part of Team India’s supporting staff in 2011. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Recently, with the omission of Taskin Ahmed from Bangladesh’s squad, he was left teary-eyed while speaking to the local media soon after the 15-man squad announcement from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

“Obviously it’s very disappointing for them. It’s important to support them, (help them) navigate the situation, regain perspective and leave the disappointment behind,” Upton told Hindustan Times.

Following the recent squad announcements, Upton hinted the selectors and management must be honest in approach. He maintained they should not sugarcoat things after the omission of players.

The experienced coach maintained that the explanation should be made it clear why a player was left out. However, he added the players wouldn’t agree to the reason at times. He believes they’re players who are waiting in the wings and it is more of a chance taken away from those who are on the cusp.

“Two key things while dropping a player is honesty and compassion. One should tell them straight upfront in the first sentence that they have been dropped, and not sugar-coat it. One should be very clear on the explanation of why they have been dropped, while acknowledging the fact that player selection in cricket is a very inexact science. The players might not agree with the reason why they have been dropped, which is normal. Particularly for the players on the cusp, for them it could be a life-time dream almost taken away,” Upton added.

Upton lauds Dhoni and Kohli with World Cup around the corner:

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, ICC World Cup 2019, Paddy Upton
Kohli has received invaluable inputs from Dhoni. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Interestingly, India is laced with superstars as Dhoni will play his fourth World Cup. Besides, Team India skipper Virat Kohli will be featuring in his third World Cup title.

While reminiscing about the 2011 World Cup, Upton reiterated Dhoni was outstanding with the bat apart from donning the gloves. He added Kohli was gearing up – to set his standards high eight years ago.

“Dhoni was pretty near his peak during the 2011 World Cup. He has done amazingly well to maintain that standard both with keeping and batting. Kohli in 2011 was on the rise, he was not at his peak like Dhoni,” Upton said.

Upton reckons Kohli has done remarkably well by pacing up his innings and has often dished out the opposition. He inferred that Kohli has made it a norm to score runs freely whether he goes in to bat first or while coming during a run chase.

“One of the things that Kohli has learnt to do now that he didn’t quite have in 2011 is his ability to pace an innings. From the time he comes to the pitch he has this remarkable ability to remain on top of the game—never really falling behind and never really blowing up while either setting or chasing. He has now done that over a long period of time in all formats. He is almost the master of it in modern cricket.

The star batsman has amassed 10,843 runs in 227 ODI at an average of 59.57. He has maintained his average well over 50 across formats.


Sportzwiki’s Year End Review 2017: Hat-tricks International Cricket

Hat-trick is one of the proudest moment for bowlers. When a bowler claims three wickets in his three successive deliveries in a match, it is known as a hat-trick for a bowler.

Total six hat-tricks were claimed by the bowlers in 2017 international cricket. Here are the brief details about those hat-tricks.

Hat-trick(s) in 2017 Test cricket

In 2017, there was only one Test hat-trick, and that was claimed by England off-spinner Moeen Ali against South Africa. Here are the details about that hat-trick.

Player (Team) Bowling style Opposition Victims Venue Date
Moeen Ali (England) Right-arm off-break South Africa Dean Elgar (caught), Kagiso Rabada (caught) and Morne Morkel (lbw) London 31st July 2017


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Moeen Ali

Hat-trick(s) in 2017 ODI cricket

In 2017, there were total three ODI hat-tricks claimed by the bowlers. They were Taskin Ahmed (Bangladesh), Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka) and Kuldeep Yadav (India). Here is the detail list of those ODI hat-tricks.

Player (Team) Bowling style Opposition Victims Venue Date
Taskin Ahmed (Bangladesh) Right-arm fast Sri Lanka Asela Gunaratne (caught), Suranga Lakmal (caught) and Nuwan Pradeep (bowled) Dambulla 28th March 2017
Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka) Legbreak Zimbabwe Malcolm Waller (bowled), Donald Tiripano (lbw) and Tendai Chatara (bowled) Galle 2nd July 2017
Kuldeep Yadav (India) Slow left-arm chinaman Australia Matthew Wade (bowled), Ashton Agar (lbw) and Pat Cummins (caught) Kolkata 21st September 2017


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Taskin Ahmed
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Wanindu Hasaranga (Image Source: Google)
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Kuldeep Yadav

Hat-trick(s) in 2017 T20I cricket

In 2017, total two T20I hat-tricks occurred. Lasith Malinga and Faheem Ashraf were the bowlers who claimed T20I hat-tricks in 2017. Here are the details about those T20I hat-tricks.

Player (Team) Bowling style Opposition Victims Venue Date
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) Right-arm fast Bangladesh Mushfiqur Rahim (bowled), Mashrafe Mortaza (bowled) and Mehedi Hasan (lbw) Colombo (RPS) 6th April 2017
Faheem Ashraf (Pakistan) Right-arm medium Sri Lanka Isuru Udana (caught), Mahela Udawatte (caught) and Dasun Shanaka (lbw) Abu Dhabi 27th October 2017


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Lasith Malinga
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Faheem Ashraf (Image Source: Google)

A special note on hat-trick in 2017 domestic cricket

In 2017, there were few hat-tricks happened in domestic cricket. But the most discussed incident was Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc’s two hat-tricks in a first-class match.

Mitchell Starc, JLT Sheffield Shield, Hat-Trick, Warns, England, Ashes 2017-18, New South Wales Blues, Western Australia, Sydney
Mitchell Starc

Before the beginning of the 2017/18 Ashes series, New South Wales pacer Mitchell Starc claimed a hat-trick in both of the innings against Western Australia. His lethal bowling performance produced a big victory for his team as New South Wales won that match by 171 runs while Starc took total seven wickets (4/56 & 3/41) in that match.

SA vs BAN 2017: Bangladesh Cricket Board to Investigate Three Players for Breaking Team Protocol

At a time when Bangladesh players are facing the flak from all around for their horror show in the ongoing tour of South Africa, they are set to find themselves in further hot water.  As Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), on Tuesday (October 24), announced that it would investigate and take appropriate action against three cricketers for breaking team’s protocol.

Hours after Mashrafe Mortaza & Co. suffered a humiliating 200-run defeat in the third and final One-Day International on Sunday (October 22), three players – Nasir Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam went to a casino in East London and returned to the team hotel later than the time decided by the team management.

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Bangladesh are yet to win a game in South Africa (Credits: Getty)

BCB president Nazmul Hasan, post submitting the nomination papers for the upcoming BCB election, confirmed that the board would look into the matter and would take the appropriate action.

“We will definitely investigate the matter and [take] appropriate action,” Nazmul said. “Let us get the report from the team management after the tour. If it was a matter of one player, we could have taken a drastic step but as there are three cricketers involved and we need some time.”

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Taskin Ahmed, Nassir Hossain and Shafiul Islam are the three who visited the casino (Credits: Getty)

The BCB head also revealed the timings of the players’ arrival before saying that the trio did not gamble at the casino.

“They returned at 10:34 pm, whereas, everyone is expected to go back to their room by 10. It was a mistake, and we will look into it, but from what I learnt they did not gamble and only had some food at the place,” Nazmul said.

Visiting a casino just three hours after the massive loss was definitely the worst thing the players could have done and the board is now in no mood to let them get away with it. Nothing has gone right for Bangladesh on tour. The Asian country had arrived in South Africa with full of hope, having churned out some brilliant performances in the last couple of years.

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However, those performances counted for little, as they have been thoroughly outplayed in the Tests and ODIs so far.

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Bangladesh was whitewashed in Tests as well in ODIs (Credits: AFP)

The visitors will be hoping that the fortunes with a change in format when they take on the rampaging Proteas in the upcoming two-match T20I series.

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BAN vs AUS 2017: Taskin Ahmed Posts a Video Of The Teams Dressing Room Celebration

Bangladesh defeated Australia for the first time in Tests since becoming a Test nation in 2000 on Wednesday. They defeated Australia by 20 runs courtesy Shakib Al-Hasan’s all round performance. Shakib took a fifer in both the innings plus a crucial 84 in the first innings. Bangladesh has had a dream run of late at their home. They defeated South Africa, followed by another victory over England before they stamped their authority on international arena by beating Australia. Although all these victories have come on their home grounds, their rise on the international front has been noticeable.

After this historic win over the Aussies, the Bangladeshi Boys deserved to celebrate and the way they did was quite unique. Taskin Ahmed posted a Video of the celebration on Facebook. In the video, some of the Bangladeshi players were seen beating a bench with their bats, while others were singing the team song ‘Amra Korbo Joy’.

The enthusiasm of the win could be clearly seen on the player’s faces. However, not everyone was happy with the way they were celebrating, as cricket equipment has to respected by all.

Here is the celebration of Bangladesh cricket team:

Bangladesh played an exceptional brand of cricket to get one their biggest victory over a major Test playing nation. At one stage Australia were cruising towards victory with David Warner and Steve Smith at the crease. But Warner’s wicket evoked a batting collapse leaving Australia 20 runs short of victory.

Before the start of the series, Bangladeshi all rounder Shakib Al-Hasan’s said that they were unbeatable at home and they will win the series. After a win in the first Test, they cannot lose the series from here but they surely can win it. However, ruling out Australia has always back fired for the opposition and Steve Smith and his men will look forward to avenging their humiliating loss to the Bangladeshi’s in the second Test.

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