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Sakib returns to cricketing action, hoping to get into the BPL

Sports Desk || shiningbd

Published: 13:23, 10 January 2022  
Sakib returns to cricketing action, hoping to get into the BPL

The one-day version of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) began yesterday and Shakib Al Hasan's involvement drew in visitors to Pitchvision's live feed of the match.

Shakib, who played the last home Test against Pakistan before opting out of the series in New Zealand for personal reasons, returned to cricketing action, hoping to get into the groove ahead of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and upcoming international assignments.

However, the premier all-rounder found the going hard with the bat, at least in part due to the nature of the wicket in Sylhet.

Batting first, Shakib's Central Zone started well with Mizanur Rahman (36) and Soumya Sarkar, who departed for 13 off 18. Spinner Nayeem Hasan bamboozled Abdul Majid with flight and got the latter out stumped to bring Shakib out to the crease.

Mizanur's departure next over saw a mini-collapse and Shakib looked tentative outside the off stump early, with Alauddin Babu beating the outside edge once before squaring Shakib up and producing a thick outside edge in the 17th over which went for four.

The little seam movement on offer saw Shakib keep on his tip toes.

The ball would keep low at times, with Shakib just about keeping Nayeem at bay. Mohammad Mithun looked good at the other end as the fourth-wicket partnership contributed 56 before departing for a run-a-ball 37.

Shakib, meanwhile, struggled against fuller-length deliveries from pacers. Rejaur Rahman Raja got a few to angle back in, hitting Shakib on the pads on a few occasions. Bowlers managed to squeeze runs and skipper Mosaddek Hossain departed after a 38-ball 17.

Shakib too departed soon after, following 58-ball 35, holed out at deep mid-on off Tanvir Islam. Rubel and Raja's three-wicket hauls saw Central Zone bowled out for 177.

Rony Talukdar (38) and Imrul Kayes (25) kept East Zone well positioned in the game but once both were dismissed in quick succession, East Zone crumbled to 155 all out in 47.1 overs. Shakib, Soumya and pacer Hasan Murad got two wickets each.

In the other game, fifties from Parvez Hossain and Naeem Islam saw North Zone thump South Zone by eight wickets.

Fans watching the matches live on YouTube were left wondering why the BCB's feed for local matches was not of optimum quality. Meanwhile, Shakib, having won his first game on return, will likely look to adjust to the pitches on offer as he gears up for upcoming assignments. The Daily Star


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