After a long time, a competitive mood has been created in Bangladesh cricket. After a long hiatus due to the deadly corona virus, domestic cricket is returning to the field with the three-team BCB President’s Cup. In this 6-match tournament, each team will face each other twice, the final match will be on October 23.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a prize money of around Tk 37 lakh for the tournament, though it is a preparatory tournament. The champion team will get taka 15 lakh, this new tournament of BCB is also being considered as a guide in Bangladesh cricket, because if it is organized smoothly, the way to the next tournament and international series will be opened.
Tomorrow’s match between Mahmudullah XI and Nazmul XI will start with the 50-over format of the BCB President’s Cup match. Before that, the trophy unveiling and the press conference of the captains took place today. The three team captains Mahmudullah Riyadh, Tamim Iqbal and Nazmul Hossain Shanto spoke about their teams and goals at the conference.
Bangladesh T20 captain Riad tells, “It simply came to our notice then. It was a pleasant thing that I had been practicing for so long. Now that the competitive game is being launched, it feels very good. At the end of the day, this is our job, the place of love.”
Mahmudullah Riad sees himself as a platform to prove himself as well as set a goal to win the BCB President’s Cup. He said, “The expectation is to become a champion. Those who are promising and the best in terms of experience are all playing, it’s a good competition within ourselves. Also a platform to prove. After many days, as we are entering the field, a curiosity and enthusiasm will work in everyone.”
Mahmudullah Riyadh thanked the BCB for organizing such an event and was happy with the balanced team. “Our team has been very good,” Riad said. He added, “From top order to late middle order, spinning side is good. The pace bowling unit is also very good. All in all a very balanced team. I think it’s a very good initiative. Thanks to BCB for this.”
After the last World Cup, Team Bangladesh is in the process of reorganizing the ODI team. Tamim Iqbal has been given a new responsibility after the end of the captain Mashrafe chapter. Since this is an ODI tournament, Tamim will keep an eye on all the other cricketers He said “I don’t think anyone would consider it just a warm-up match or a general tournament. I think as much as we are serious in the national team, when playing matches for Bangladesh, there will be competition of that quality. I’m back in cricket, not thinking about it, but we can get a lot out personally.”
Nazmul Hossain Shanto’s team is youth dependent, so everyone’s eyes will be on this team. Nazmul Hossain is thrilled to be back on the field after a long absence with a tournament like the BCB President’s Cup. “It’s really good, I’ve never been out of a game like this before,” he said. But starting a series like this on the field is definitely very exciting, I hope it will be a very good series.”
Nazmul Hossain is getting two experienced cricketers as opponents, although all three teams are quite balanced. Asked whether Nazmul XI would aim to become the champion like the other two teams, Nazmul Hossain Shanto said, “Of course, if you think about it, every team is good. Expectations are high, the team we have must have a plan to play for the championship. Hopefully, if we can play our natural game, nothing good will happen.”
Nazmul XI will take the field in the inaugural match of the BCB President’s Cup against Mahmudullah XI tomorrow at 1.30 pm, the match will be seen live on the official Facebook page of the Bangladesh Cricket Board.