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8 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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DPL offers players a chance to rectify ahead of WC

Three matches in opening day
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Country’s most prestigious tournament, Dhaka Premier League’s (DPL) 50-over format begins today with three matches across the city. On the opening day of the league, reigning champions Abahani Limited will take on Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Prothisthan (BKSP) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS). Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will face off Uttara Sporting Club at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium (KSOAS) while Legends of Rupganj will lock horns with Brothers Union at BKSP-3 ground.

The league was seen as the preparation platform for the players who have the chance to make it a World Cup-bound squad. Abahani Limited coach Khaled Mahmud Sujon said that the league is a chance for the players to rectify their mistakes and necessary adjustments and improvements to their game ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

 “When you will be in the match, it will give you the match practice,” Mahmud, also a BCB director said yesterday after Abahani’s practice session on the National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur.

“The DPL will give the players a chance to grow a habit of playing 50-over cricket. For the players, the DPL is the platform to make necessary adjustments and improvements, keeping the World Cup in mind.” “If the batsmen can play long innings, it will give them a confidence which will be great for them in the World Cup.”

However amid the preparation for the World Cup, Mahmud emphasized on replicating their previous year’s feat, saying that they need to gain the momentum from the first match of the league.

Abahani will miss the service of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza for at least three matches, Mahmud also added.

 “Mashrafe may miss first three matches,” said Mahmud. “He was due to play the DPL for Abahani after March 10. I hoped we would get his service from the second match but unfortunately he is now at abroad. Even I don’t know when he will return to country.”

Abahani have roped in Kushal Silva, a Sri Lankan top order batsman as their foreign recruit who will play from the very beginning of the league.  “Mosaddek Hossain Saikat will lead the side until Mashrafe comes back and takes over the duty. In the last phase of the league, Nasir was officially captain for us but it was Mashrafe who took all decisions.”

“We have good depth in batting line up with Sabbir Rahman in the form. No doubt he is a match winner and it will be great for the national team if he keeps up his form,” Mahmud said.

“For Sabbir, especially the DPL is important. Here he will get the chance to play at least 16 matches if we can move into the super league phase. And if he can hit three or four centuries here, this will be great achievement for him. Just before World Cup, this will boost his confidence.”

On personal ground, the DPL is important for Mahmud also. “It’s a most prestigious league in our country. The league has a rich traditional and everyone wants to do well. So league is personally important for me.”

While title aspirant Abahani wants to have good start to the DPL, another aspirant Legends of Rupganj also seek a winning start.

“We need to have a good start to get the momentum. Every team here is well balanced, so need to perform well when it matters most,” said Rupganj all-rounder Asif Hasan.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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