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11 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Rangpur to field a strong pace attack against Cumilla

SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Rangpur to field a strong pace attack against Cumilla
Rangpur Rangers players and officials pose for a photograph during the jersey unveiling ceremony at media block of Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday in the capital. BCB Photo

Incepta Rangpur Rangers will face off Cumilla Warriors in the second match of the opening day of the Bangabandhu-Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20-2019 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS), scheduled to be held in Mirpur at 6:30pm today.

The Warriors and the Rangers did their pre-match day practice session at the National Academy of the SBNCS in Mirpur yesterday.  Cumilla Warriors run by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced Sri Lanka all-rounder Dashun Shanaka as their captain and Rangers gave the charge of captain on the experienced campaigner Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi.

Both the teams have a good pace attack. Rangpur have Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed  and Pakistan Junaid Khan in the pace line-up. Unlike Rangers’ pace attack, they have formed their line-up with the help of Al Amin Hossain, Abu Haider Rony and uprising Sumon Khan.

Though they both have no specialist leg-spinner in their ranks, the Warriors have part-time leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman Rumman, who is not on-song of late. But he could be dangerous on home territory. Rumman has a record of hitting century in BPL. If he gets back his form, he might be dangerous for any bowler and team.

However, Rangers captain Mohammad Nabi said his main focus is to bring a winning combination of the team because he knows all the players who have experienced to play on different conditions. But he said they will settle their combination considering the dew factor in mind during the second match of the day.

“I think Bangladesh is not new for me. Last eight to nine years, I’ve been playing here. I played every year here in Bangladesh. I know the better situation all the time, playing in Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet. I know the conditions every bit. Most of the players who have been selected for the Rangpur Rangers, all we will play together all the time. I know that’s players well. Inshallah, we will try our best to make a winning combination for the side,” Mohamamd Nabi said.

“You know it’s a quick learning to adjust to the situation quickly as much as possible. As I said before, I know the situation, I know the Bangladesh condition most of the times. We played a lot of games since eight-nine years,” Nabi told media.

“It’s a dew later on most of the times and the condition of the pitches most of the times changing where playing in the first innings or second innings is totally changed. Let’s see tomorrow is our first game and hopefully we’ll try our best to win the first game and start with a winning note in the league here,” Nabi added.

When asked about their main pacer Mustafiz’s off-form could be a concern for them, Nabi said “I think that’s not much important that Mustfiz is not on the peak of his form. Inshallah, we’ll work as a unit and as a team then we’ll discuss what is problem or not a problem. We’ll make a plan for every single game and Inshallah, we’ll work together and follow the game.”               

However, pacer Al Amin Hossain of Cumilla Warriors said they will play to become champions in the BPL.

Some of their local players didn’t join the team yet but their foreign players Kushal Perera, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawid Malan, Dashun Shanaka are in Dhaka.

But Al Amin said they were not present in the practice were all in games in South Asian Games will be joined the team after being returned home tomorrow (Wednesday).

“They have played in Nepal. They are ahead of us because they were in competitive matches. And our team is well-balanced. Hopefully it will be a competitive match tomorrow,” said Al Amin Hossain.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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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