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POST TIME: 15 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM
No complaint about SBNCS wickets this time in BPL
Mashrafe, Alok Kapali and Dasun Shanaka all praise Mirpur wicket
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka

No complaint about SBNCS
wickets this time in BPL

Unlike the previous editions, no one put up any question about pitches and its wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on the stroke of the first phase of the Bangabandhu-Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 special edition.

Organised by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) without any assistance from the franchisees, the 2019 BPL dedicated to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to celebrate his centenary birth anniversary.

Players, coaches coupled with the team management of the BPL teams meanwhile praised for the pitches of the SBNCS during the first phase of the Bangabandhu-Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). They all surprised to see the behaviour of the pitches in Mirpur

Ravi Bopara of Rajshahi Royals, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza of Dhaka Platoon, Alok Kapali of Rajshahi Royals, Dasun Shanaka of Cumilla Warriors expressed their surprise after their respective matches of the Bangladesh domestic blockbuster Twenty20 Cricket Tournament. Of them, Dasun Shanaka is first time in BPL and the Warriors made him captain for the BPL.

During the kick-off of the BPL erstwhile editions, the pitches of the SBNCS would become slower on where the teams had to struggle hard to cross the periphery of the 150 or more runs on it. But the nature of the wickets at the SBNCS in BPL has been different this time around.

All the matches that had been held so far produced high scoring. Even those who did not score big runs in their matches did not put forward any complaint about the nature of the wickets. In this case, they put blames on the failure of the batsmen.

Dhaka Platoon led by Mashrafe Bin Mortaza put on 134 for nine but they did not give any lame excuse about the wicket this time around rather than captain Mashrafe expressed his surprise about the nature of the wickets at the SBNCS.

“Normally such wickets at the SBNCS are not seen here. Wicket was batting friendly but we did not capitalize it,” said Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.

Rajshahi Royals led by Ravi Bopara and Andre Russelll comfortably chased the runs with nine wickets in hand and 10 balls remaining. And so, English cricketer Bopara, who played BPL from the beginning, surprised to see the behavior of the wickets.

“I thought all the matches in Dhaka will be tough and challenging. Normally low scoring matches are held here. But the competition in those matches are also held,” Ravi Bopara said.

“It deemed to me that we have chased a low score. But that will not be easier, of course. Our batsmen played well for this winning the match has been deemed well for us,” Bopara told media.

Before the match of Dhaka Platoon and Cumilla Warriors on Friday, Cumilla Warriors had compiled the highest score so far in the BPL. They garnered 173 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs against Rangpur Rangers, who made comparatively lesser score. They were bundled out for 68 against Cumilla Warriors.

Star-studded Dhaka broke their record piling on 180 for nine in stipulated 20 overs. Cumilla Warriors to chase down the target put on 160 for nine. Actually the team are scoring near to 150 or 150-plus effortlessly.